as Vice President, Associate General Counsel
Lonette K. Merriman joined Constellation in July 2016 as Vice President, Associate General Counsel. In her role, Lonette is responsible for global intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, and patents) portfolio management and enforcement for Constellation’s portfolio of beer, wine, and spirits brands. Preceding her tenure at Constellation Brands, Lonette held the position of Alcohol Regulatory Specialist at McDermott Will & Emery, a law firm in Washington, DC, where she counseled beer, wine and spirits manufacturers on alcohol beverage matters, including federal and state laws and regulations, licensing, permitting, labeling, formulas, advertising, trade practice and intellectual property matters.
Lonette is also passionate about advancing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Constellation Brands. For her, this means supporting employees in their ability to show up authentically while contributing to the organization’s success. Lonette is a founding member and global co-lead of AASCEND (African Americans Strengthening Constellation’s Engagement, Networking and Development), Constellation’s Black/African American ERG. As an ERG leader, she is committed to facilitating meaningful and purposeful change that positively impacts Constellation Brands’ workplace culture.
In addition to Lonette’s work at Constellation Brands, she joined the Board of Trustees for Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science and Technology in Rochester, NY in 2018. She became Treasurer of the Board in 2020. And she also serves on the Monroe Community College (MCC) Foundation Board as a Foundation Director. The MCC Board connects private and corporate philanthropy with opportunities to support MCC students in their educational goals and success.