For nearly two decades, Adams and Reese has represented companies in the hotel and hospitality industries, assisting clients on licensing, regulatory, zoning and permitting issues. Our clients include international hotel chains, individual hotel operators, hotel franchisees and franchisors, and restaurants and restaurant franchisees and franchisors. Our team of attorneys is well-positioned to represent hotel and hospitality companies that have properties and operations throughout the South Central United States.

We handle licensing projects for nearly 10 large hotel international and national hotel chains (and brands) and for over 15 years, we have represented an international hotel corporation on its licensing and technology contracts with its hotel locations.

In the restaurant industry, we represent many national restaurants and chains and also handle licensing and permitting for convenience stores, drug stores, and pharmacies.

Our team is very familiar with the state Offices of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and with the local Alcoholic Beverage Organizations. We also work with the state and local Departments of Revenue on behalf of our clients who are seeking or have liquor permits. Because we understand the different state to state requirements as well as the overriding federal statutes, Adams and Reese can support the timely opening of hospitality facilities and help you avoid costly violations or license suspensions.

Our Attorneys

We are members in several key industry and regulatory associations, including the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA), the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP) and National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA). Adams and Reese has built respected relationships within the licensing arena and remains informed on regulatory and zoning issues that can impact your project.

Involving our attorneys at the beginning of your project can help you with site selection and timely processing of applications — some of which can take months if there are questions or zoning concerns. Representing a convenience store owner before the local zoning board to coordinating with the legal teams of national restaurant chains are just two examples of our comprehensive approach to this unique practice area.

Core Practice and Clients

Adams and Reese represents restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores, oil marketers/wholesalers, liquor stores, hotels, big box retailers and many other independent or chain sellers of alcohol and tobacco products to the public. Our core practice areas include:

Licensing: applying and maintaining liquor and tobacco licenses according to the current state guidelines.

Transactions: including all aspects of site selection, zoning variances, financing, leasing, contracts and general corporate counsel.

Compliance: assisting with any violations through the governing Alcohol and Tobacco Control Agency, Insurance Commission, Board for Contractors, Board of Pharmacy, Department of Agriculture, Department of Revenue or others.

The primary goal for Adams and Reese is to help you obtain a license in a timely manner and ensure the successful opening and responsible management of alcohol and tobacco sales. Contact us with your application or compliance questions.

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Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness


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