Operating a bar, restaurant, tavern, nightclub or retail store can be a lucrative business, but getting up and running can involve a number of hurdles. Chief among them: Obtaining a liquor license. In some states you'll have to obtain a license from the local town, city or county government, in other states alcoholic beverage licensing is done at the state level. Liquor licensing attorneys can review your business plans to determine the type of license that is require, then guide your business through the license application process, including criminal background checks. In some instances, you may also have to lobby local elected officials and get buy-in from your new neighbors. Liquor licensing lawyers can work with your business through all stages of the application process, and also address legal issues and disputes that arise after your license has been issued.