Licensing and Permitting
We are a leader in licensing, permitting and education for businesses in the hospitality industry. Georgia is recognized as one of the most complex states for obtaining the licenses and permits necessary to operate a business, particularly alcohol licenses. Our attorneys and senior licensing consultants work closely with both local and state regulators on a daily basis. We have also worked with multiple jurisdictions to re-write their alcohol ordinances to simplify the licensing process, and create more certainty and fairness for the alcohol industry. We also work with businesses to educate owners and managers about the myriad of alcohol laws that apply to their particular locations. Our Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service (RASS) workshops are so highly regarded that they are now a prerequisite for obtaining an alcohol license in several Georgia jurisdictions. Georgia’s food and beverage trade associations, including the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Food Industry Association and Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, regularly call on us for advice on alcohol matters. Whether it’s obtaining a license or mitigating an enforcement action, we have the knowledge and relationships necessary to navigate the complex laws that attach to alcohol licensing.
Obtained dismissals in favor of defendants in several cases involving alcohol retailers who had been sued for providing alcohol to minors or to individuals who were intoxicated.
Obtained defense verdict in lawsuit against alcohol retailer whose employee sold alcohol to a minor, in which the minor then was involved in a car accident, killing the other individual in the vehicle.