Michele Stumpe Receives Top Honors by Georgia Restaurant Association

September 27, 2013

Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce that Michele L. Stumpe has been selected by the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) for its 7th annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards. Stumpe is the recipient of the GRA Chairman’s Award – an award that honors a single individual in the restaurant industry who has provided extraordinary service to the industry as a whole. She will be recognized for her accomplishments at the GRACE Award ceremony on Nov. 10 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill.

Stumpe has been representing members of the restaurant industry for over 20 years in the areas of alcohol licensing and consulting, premises liability, business litigation, hospitality and dram shop litigation.  She also developed the Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service Workshops (RASS Workshops) that were considered to be so informative and beneficial to the industry that they are now required in many Georgia jurisdictions for obtaining an alcohol license.

Most recently, Stumpe co-founded The Giving Kitchen Initiative along with several of her restaurant clients.  The Giving Kitchen is a 501c3 that provides a crisis fund for members of the local restaurant industry who are faced with unanticipated hardship.  As a part of its goal to create a sustainable source of revenue for the fund, The Giving Kitchen has plans to open Staplehouse Restaurant in 2014.

Stumpe is a member of the American Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bars of Georgia and South Carolina. She provides consulting services to the Georgia Restaurant Association, the Georgia Food Industry Association and the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores. Stumpe received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

About the Georgia Restaurant Association

The GRA’s mission is to serve as a voice for Georgia’s Restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, please visit their website at www.garestaurants.org.

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