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 Charles Lew specializes in a variety of entrepreneurial-centric areas of law. His clients consist of reputable companies, celebrities, high net worth individuals, and talented start-ups within the US and abroad. Through his diverse professional background and real estate/business portfolio, Charles' specialty is converting concepts into businesses with proper infrastructure, IP protection, real estate and hospitality permits/licenses, etc. In conjunction with the law firm, Charles functions as a consultant for international businesses who are seeking US expansion.

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ABOUT CHARLES LEW

Charles Lew, originally from Scotland, grew up in Florida and moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount Law School and embrace life as an Angeleno. His first LA job as a Hollywood nightclub bouncer exposed him to a variety of industries that would inspire his initial entrepreneurial ventures. Charles obtained his CA real estate brokerage license in 2004 and put everything he had into a real estate start-up that fell victim to the 2008 crash, leaving him almost penniless. Aside from his law practice, The Lew Firm, where he represents Metta World Peace, Nick Fouquet, Omari Hardwick, Trejos Tacos, Kelis, Flaunt Magazine, amongst others, he went on to open the first of 7 and counting Stout Burgers and Beer in 2009, which lead to the formation of several other hospitality ventures and unrelated businesses including The Morrison Pub, Boomtown Brewery, Huckleberry Ltd, Third Wave Market, Veritil, HRmony, etc.

Charles is on the Board of Directors at Loyola Law School and is working closely with the Dean on developing a program that will educate and prepare students for what's to come with entrepreneurial laws and endeavors as well as artificial intelligence and how it pertains to the law. He is also a founding member for Forbes LA Business Council and a Forbes.com contributor, and hosts quarterly paneled networking events with FLABC that correspond with his DASH Talk X radio show, The Future of Law.

Charles is active in the political arena on both city and state levels, and enjoyed hosting fundraisers for Gavin Newsom and Jared Polis recently. Last but most certainly not least, Charles believes in giving back a percentage of his businesses, and is actively involved with charities like Adopttogether, Mental Health America, Project Paperbag, Stout’s Sip, Chew, Give, and an internal program that encourages employees to volunteer their time to a charity of their choice and a donation is made to that charity on their behalf by Stout.

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STOUT BURGERS & BEERS

Founded in 2009, the neighborhood was embarking on a rehabilitation period. Current Mayor Garcetti, who was then a CD13 councilman, had the foresight to realize that a staple late-night restaurant on the corner of Cahuenga would not only anchor the street, but also give late-night party-goers a place to eat quality food and finish their night in a more responsible manner. With that, our first Stout was born and has been serving the Hollywood community 'til 4am ever since.

Kaglew partners Charles Lew and executive chef Alexandros Kagianaris have created Stout, a neighborhood restaurant that is a simple, upscale restaurant redefining the idea of the local pub – offering a vast selection of artisanal draft and bottled beers from around the world as well as an emerging list of wines together with the finest burger option in Los Angeles. Stout is the authoritative destination for the casual connoisseur, where club goers meet the culinary elite for burgers and beer. Our mission is to serve the finest selection of unique, handcrafted draft microbrewed beers, along with fresh, creative food. Our dedication is to the community by providing extraordinary service in a comfortable atmosphere, which is conducive to increasing our guests’ knowledge of and interest in microbrewed beer while providing guests with tasty, California light and healthy burger option to enjoy anytime-lunch, dinner, and after-hours.

TIME OUT LA

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BOOMTOWN BREWERY

Opening in stages beginning in 2015, Boomtown Brewery is just shy of 20,000 square feet. What was once a city full of vacant and underutilized properties is now the thriving north sector of the LA Arts District. This project has come to fruition through the efforts of the Boomtown partners working closely with the city of Los Angeles and Councilmember Jose Huizar's office to provide an exceptional brewery, event space and craft beer taproom. You can find Boomtown beer in over 300 locations throughout the state. Boomtown is poised to continue our interpretation of the historical boomtown expansion.

In the mid-1800s, the boomtowns of California were points of convergence for those lured by potential riches and discovery. Tens of thousands moved to various overnight success-story towns, with one purpose in mind: to make it, and make it big. Some of those towns ceased to exist after very short periods; others remained until the well ran dry.

Los Angeles maintains a similar allure for those that move in every year to pursue their dreams. They provide an infusion of new blood with aspirations to make their mark. The arts industry in Los Angeles remains one of the most influential in the world, creating an undying boom that has made this city the mecca of creativity it is today.

With that in mind we embarked on a journey to bring artisan beer to those artists, and to embrace both their creativity and community. At Boomtown Brewery we not only craft old world, unfiltered, gravity fed, full flavored beers with integrity; we also showcase our commitment to the arts and the Arts District by serving as a venue and showcase for artists and galleries. We want Boomtown to be a haven for expression. It’s what the Arts District in Los Angeles is all about.

Local artists design many of Boomtown’s labels as well as furnishings, fixtures, and structures. Our taproom is a community space where people gather to enjoy beer, games, express themselves creatively and engage with like-minded people. We host a variety of events from DJs to gallery showings, benefits, block parties, bicycle rides, and more – all in the name of contributing to the creative community that is the Los Angeles Arts District.

THE TAP ROOM

EVENT SPACE

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THE LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Loyola Law School Board of Directors serves as an advisory board charged with the responsibility to provide counsel to the dean, senior administration, and others designated by the dean.

Charles' involvement with the Board of Directors focuses on entrepreneurial and corporate law, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, adoptions, and future-focused practice areas.

LOYOLA LAW ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM

The Loyola Law Entrepreneur Program is an opportunity for 3rd year law students to explore the law from an entrepreneurial perspective under the support and guidance of Charles Lew. Students are encouraged to develop a business idea that utilizes their legal education as well as skills learned at previous jobs or internships to help them explore a legal career outside of traditional law firms. Charles will help guide the formation process and provide a blueprint of how to build a business. The businesses will be ranked and the #1 idea will be featured on Charles' Dash Talk Radio show, The Future of Law ...

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KAGLEW RESTAURANT CONSULTING

Founded in 2006, Kaglew advises hospitality and restaurant clients worldwide including the Continental US, Europe, Russia, Japan, and more.

Restaurant Consulting
Restaurant consulting KagLew is a strategically based Los Angeles consulting firm rendering its services to the hospitality industry catering specifically to restaurant/bar/lounge clients and venues. We recognize that each restaurateur/investor may have different goals due to various circumstances and we work step-by-step with clients to develop dynamic concepts and carry them from conception to completion, delivering bottom line results. We also expedite your CUP and ABC matters.

Legal Services
Restaurant companies face legal challenges similar to any business enterprise including raising public and private capital, real estate, contract, regulatory, intellectual property, and labor and employment matters. KAGLEW lawyers specialize in the restaurant industry provide comprehensive counsel to restaurant companies and their owners, operators, managers, landlords, tenants, franchisors and lenders.

Effective Solutions

  • General corporate structuring and tax matters
  • Operational and management issues
  • Lease, master lease and sale/leaseback transactions
  • Construction and development of restaurants
  • Labor and employment matters
  • Trademark and intellectual property matters
  • Franchising and brand issues
  • Restructuring troubled operations for creditors, restaurant operators, owners, lenders and franchisors
  • CUP and ABC issues
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THIRD WAVE MARKET

Founded in 2018, Third Wave Market is located above the soon-to-be integrated Mental Health America (MHA) flagship in Long Beach, CA. Under the guidance of Mayor Garcia, Third Wave Market and MHA have partnered and will pioneer multiple initiatives including a program to hire and train 20% of it's employees from the MHA community and this future-forward eatery, coffee shop and juicery.

THE EATERY: A unique and seasonally changing menu is made in house and will be prepared fresh every day. The Company’s mission is to capture California's spirit and adventure about health food, showcasing the beautiful bounty of organic, seasonal ingredients with a desire to reinterpret familiar dishes with unexpected superfood twists. Our dishes will stress simple preparations with a healthy flair, and are a perfect fit for today’s on-the-go lifestyle and perceptive palate.

THE COFFEE SHOP: The Company shall aspire to the highest form of culinary appreciation of coffee, so that one may indulge in the subtleties of flavor, varietal and growing region. Distinctive features of Third Wave coffee shall include direct trade coffee, high-quality beans, single-origin, lighter roasts, and latte art.

THE JUICERY: LA’s health conscious shall be flocking to Third Wave to keep up their juicing and smoothie habits. A knowledgeable staff will make made-to-order fresh juice and smoothies made with seasonal local produce and some exotic superfood imports. Bottled juices and cleanses shall be available, too. The juicer menu shall include Detoxifying juices, Wellness Cocktails (of the booze-free variety), shots, and whole fruit smoothies.

TAKE OUT: Our take-out shall be made for the customer’s on-the-go. From super-sandwiches to super-salads, boxed iced Third Wave coffee to bottled super smoothies, we shall make healthy, pure, nutrient-rich foods and products available to all and to inspire people to eat better to live better and longer all with the Third Wave brand.

PARTNERS

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA LOS ANGELES

Founded in 1924, Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHA) is dedicated to promoting mental health recovery and wellness. Their purpose is to help everyone reach healthy lives –whether the need is recovery from mental illness or is occasional and caused by everyday life. Their message is simple –good mental health is fundamental to the health and well-being of everyone in Los Angeles County. Third Wave and MHA have designed a program that will provide for employment and training of persons suffering from mental illness. We believe this program will provide an environment that will expedite full integration into all aspects of community life.

METTA WORLD PEACE

Third Wave is excited to announce their partnership with World Champion Laker and recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award, Metta World Peace. MWP is known not only for his charismatic playing style on the court but also for his tireless contributions to multiple charities. It is well known that MWP has contributed more to mental health awareness than any other professional athlete. MWP’s involvement with Third Wave will be invaluable and will exponentially increase recognition for the brand as well as mental health awareness as a whole.

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FLAUNT HOTEL

Amongst other incredible projects and development endeavors in the city of LA, the Flaunt Hotel stands alone as particularly exciting not only on account of its partnership with industry leading Flaunt Magazine, but its location as a gateway to Hollywood.

EXPECTED TO BREAK GROUND 2020!

 
 
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VERITIL

Track revenue from multiple point of sale systems

The VERITIL MVS platform plugs into existing point of sale systems which establishes the secure link back to the centralized MVS system. As sales occur the transaction data is encrypted using Paillier encryption which enables the tallying of revenue totals without exposing any additional details of each of the merchant’s individual transactions.

The encrypted data is then securely transmitted and centrally tallied. Because the data exchange is now happening in real-time there is rarely a need for a retroactive tax audit at the end of the businesses reporting period which enforcement.

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Behind the scenes the Veritil platform maintains a secure monitored link, using high-grade encryption, between retailers and the regulatory body which not only optimizes the reporting process and ensures the highest levels of privacy for the business owner but ensures a continual and complete reporting of all taxable revenue.

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HUCKLEBERRY LTD

Huckleberry Ltd is a contemporary fine jewelry and engraving house located in Los Angeles, California. Established in 2013 by Charles Lew and Jason Hoehn, we are dedicated to creating wearable art and future heirlooms using only the finest materials and techniques.

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PROJECT PAPER BAG

Project Paper Bag is a charity that assembles and distributes lunches and care packages to the homeless on Skid Row, DTLA. The packages include sandwiches, water, snacks, personal care supplies, socks, and sometimes shoes. Charles sponsors the assembly location at his bar, Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, where the volunteers meet to build the packages and then caravan to Skid Row to distribute.

To volunteer, check out @projectpaperbag on Instagram for dates.

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ADOPTTOGETHER

AdoptTogether is a non-profit, crowdfunding platform that bridges the gap between families who want to adopt and the children who need loving homes.

Charles joined the Adopttogether Board of Directors in 2015 and continues to support his good friend and founder Hank Fortener and team in the quest for saving lives.

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HRMONY

The complexity of labor and employment laws can make full compliance seem impossible resulting in legal exposure to Employers and a potentially unsafe or unregulated environment for Employees.

As a small, medium or even large business trying not only to understand labor laws but to be compliant with them can be overwhelming.

It was with this in mind that we created HRmony. HRmony is a revolutionary new technology that when properly utilized may help ensure detailed, and timely communication between Employer and Employee which will in turn enhance the safety of the work environment for the Employee and also mitigate the potential liability of an Employer.

HRmony will not only serve as an active litigation mitigation tool but will also provide a broad expanse of information for both Employer and Employee alike. This information will be conveniently organized by the topics that are most important to both the employer and employee including: sexual harassment, overtime considerations, discrimination, health and safety, meal and rest breaks, time off and more.

Keeping track of all HR related matters can be overwhelming but with HRmony you will find a streamlined process that will help to ensure compliance with all employment laws.

Top Labor Law Issues addressed by the HRmony technology:

  • Overtime Pay
  • Exempt and Nonexempt Employees
  • Meal and Rest Breaks
  • Calculating Work Hours/Travel Time
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employee Handbook compliance
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Employee Termination
  • For more information on our revolutionary technology please call or email us via the Contact Us tab.

    POLITICAL FUNDRAISING

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    MARIA ELENA DURAZO

    State Assemblywoman

    California

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    GAVIN NEWSOM

    Governor

    California

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    JARED POLIS

    Govornor

    Colorado

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    Eric Garcetti

    Mayor

    Los Angeles

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    JOSE HUIZAR

    CD14 Councilman

    Los Angeles

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    MICHELLE CHAMBERS

    CD1 Candidate

    Compton

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    ROBERT GARCIA

    Mayor

    Long Beach

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    DEE ANDREWS

    CD6 Councilman

    Long Beach

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    REX RICHARDSON

    Vice Mayor

    Los Beach

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    HERB WESSON

    Council President

    Los Angeles

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    JEANNINE PEARCE

    CD2 Councilmember

    Los Beach

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    PAUL KREKORIAN

    CD2 Councilman

    San Fernando Valley

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    BROKER SINCE 2004
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    REAL ESTATE AND ENTITLEMENTS

    The Lew Firm (TLF) is the answer to all of your complex land-use queries. We are headquartered in Beverly Hills with active projects spanning from Silicon Valley to San Diego.

    Our unique approach to the complexities of the entitlements process has been developed not only from the representation of dozens of individual projects but from the active operation, management and entitlements of numerous projects that we own and operate.

    At The Lew Firm we understand that each project must be approached in a case-specific manner and that every single project no matter how large or small will have its own unique characteristics, obstacles and challenges.

    Our representation of each project begins with a thorough examination of the potential site to ensure that the municipal development codes, ordinances, city regulations and restrictions are not in conflict with the intended use.

    The Lew Firm has been instrumental in the creation of project that have had a significant transformative effect on neighborhoods such as the downtown arts district, Hollywood and as of late Long Beach.

    OUR CURRENT PROJECTS

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    HIGHLAND HOTEL

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    622 E. ANAHEIM

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    THIRD WAVE MARKET

    PHILANTROPHY

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    STOUT BURGERS AND BEER’S SIP. CHEW. GIVE.

    Sip.Chew.Give. is a charity program developed by Stout Burgers & Beers as a way of supporting those in need. We donate a portion of sales on every last Wednesday of the month to one of our charity partners on a quarterly basis, and host an event at one of our locations for them to raise even more!

    PAST PARTNERS


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    STOUT EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

    The Stout Employee Scholarship Fund is a program at Stout that enables employees to take an hour off of work per week and volunteer for a nonprofit organization, and Stout matches his/her wage as a donation.

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    PROJECT PAPERBAG

    Project Paper Bag is a charity that assembles and distributes lunches and care packages to the homeless on Skid Row, DTLA. The packages include sandwiches, water, snacks, personal care supplies, socks, and sometimes shoes. Charles sponsors the assembly location at his bar, Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, where the volunteers meet to build the packages and then caravan to Skid Row to distribute.

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    ADOPTTOGETHER’S BABYBALL

    Baby Ball is the annual celebration of #worldadoptionday put on by AdoptTogether in order to raise funds for families currently fundraising for their adoption. The night typically features live music, stunning art installations, interaction games & activations, a silent auction and an engaging talk from AdoptTogether Founder Hank Fortener. Baby Ball takes place in Los Angeles each November.

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS