Liquor Licensing

Few industries are more heavily regulated than the alcohol beverage industry, which can present a quagmire of local, state and federal compliance issues for businesses seeking alcoholic beverage licenses. GrayRobinson's Alcohol Beverage practice provides clients with the experience to effectively and efficiently navigate the regulatory maze in the manufacture, distribution, sale and consumption of licensed alcoholic beverages at the state and national levels. Our attorneys combine their broad corporate and transactional law experience with alcohol beverage regulatory knowledge.

Our Alcohol Beverage practice attorneys have cultivated positive relationships with officials in local and state offices of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and maintain strong working relationships with federal government regulators. At the local level, our attorneys work to identify and resolve legal, regulatory and zoning issues. They understand issues of concern to the industry and have developed extensive knowledge by working with a wide range of licensed beverage manufacturers, wholesale distributors and retail vendor clients.

Facilitating Regulatory Compliance

GrayRobinson's Alcohol Beverage practice attorneys work to ensure that our clients comply with the ever-growing local, state and federal laws and rules governing the industry. Our experience extends to:

  • Local, state and federal licensing and permitting
  • Compliance issues
  • Regulatory investigations
  • Land-use and zoning issues
  • Federal and state excise taxes and special occupation taxes and licenses
  • Administrative or enforcement actions
  • Representation before regulatory agencies
  • Obtaining all other business licenses and permits at the local and national level


GrayRobinson clients include an extensive roster of local and national restaurants, hotel chains, theme parks, and other license holders. Our team assists proprietors and corporate entities with the preparation and filing of federal and state alcoholic beverage license applications. GrayRobinson also assists clients in establishing and terminating relationships with wholesale distributors, as well as negotiating and preparing distributorship agreements.

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GrayRobinson is committed to excellence and we recognize diversity of ideas and experiences is critical to fulfilling our commitment. That commitment is demonstrated in many ways: by our employment practices and policies which ensure equal opportunity and foster a discrimination and harassment free workplace; opportunities for advancement to shareholder for women and minority lawyers; and our active recruiting efforts at law schools. GrayRobinson continuously reviews its recruiting, hiring, mentoring and training practices and initiatives.

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