Alcohol & Regulated Products Law

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. The Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Group provides clients with the experience to effectively and efficiently navigate the regulatory maze in the manufacture, distribution, sale and consumption of licensed alcoholic beverages and other heavily regulated products at the state and national levels. Our attorneys combine their broad corporate and transactional law experience with alcoholic beverage regulatory knowledge to guide our clients through the numerous and varied legal considerations and challenges in this tightly regulated industry.

Comprehensive Guidance for Alcohol Beverage Industry Clients

The Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Group provides federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance advice to clients in all tiers of the three-tier system. We advise domestic and international manufacturers, distributors and retailers on a full spectrum of legal issues related to alcohol law.

Our experience is complimented by our involvement in industry associations such as the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA). In addition, team members regularly lecture on alcohol beverage laws and regulations. Professional experience with the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and partnerships with leading industry groups, such as The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, also allow our attorneys to impart industry savvy to our clients.

Licensing, Regulatory Compliance and Defense

We advise restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, resorts and venues with concessionaire, liquor, catering and special event licensing statewide in New Jersey. We also represent manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers of liquor, wine and beer. The firm provides services in the following areas for our practice group clients:

  • Regulatory compliance and enforcement actions
  • Commercial contracts
  • Intellectual property/trade secrets
  • Trade practices and customs matters
  • E-commerce and Internet marketing
  • Interstate and international trade and shipping
  • Marketing and advertising compliance
  • Dispute resolution, including litigation and appellate representation
  • Guidance on alcohol legislation and advocacy
  • Land acquisition and leasing
  • Land use approvals
  • Employee and labor management
  • Non-compete/non-disclosure agreements

Craft Beer and Spirits

The popularity of craft beer and spirits has grown tremendously in the past decade, and the alcoholic beverage industry in New Jersey has developed accordingly. Our firm has responded to this growth by putting together a team of legal professionals that have both the experience and expertise to counsel our clients through the entire process of establishing, acquiring or managing a craft alcohol production facility, including entity formation and corporate/LLC structural documents, licensure and registration and financing.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

The attorneys in the Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Group have areas of focus that are complementary to their alcoholic beverage law practice and regularly provide our clients expert guidance in matters not directly related to licensing issues but just as important to the overall success of their businesses. Our attorneys in real estate, construction, labor and employment, as well as in general corporate and tax matters, routinely provide practical, cost-efficient advice to our licensing clients. Taxation is a critical issue for licensees and permittees, and clients routinely request our assistance with compliance. We strive to be a one-stop shop.

Contact: James J. McGovern III, Esq.
Chair, Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Group