Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing

Overview

We offer a full-service, focused approach to our restaurant, hotel, and off-premise food and alcohol retail clients as well as Georgia manufacturers and distributors. Located in Atlanta, the firm provides creative, high-value and cost-effective advocacy to national, regional and local retailers in multiple areas that impact their businesses including premises liability, alcohol licensing and compliance, dram shop litigation and more. Our attorneys provide tailored assessments and experienced assistance in navigating the complex tapestry of food and beverage law, including federal, state and local statutes, regulations and ordinances.

We also work with various local municipalities and trade associations, including the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Food Industry Association, and Georgia Association of Convenience Stores. Our attorneys are leaders in alcohol licensing continuing education, having developed the Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service (RASS) workshops that are now required in many Georgia jurisdictions before obtaining an alcohol license.

The breadth of our firm allows us to service virtually any of our clients’ legal needs effectively and efficiently. Our practice group leaders work with our other practices to provide seamless service on a wide range of complex legal matters, including real estate, tax, employment and labor, corporate, finance, litigation, e-commerce and intellectual property. Our services include:

  • Securing state and local alcohol licenses, permits and certifications, including representation before government agencies,
  • Planning, forming and organizing business entities for restaurants, hotels, bars, nightclubs and event facilities,
  • Real estate, including retail and commercial leasing and resolving land use and zoning issues,
  • Purchasing and selling restaurant, hotel, bar and nightclub businesses as well as off premise retail businesses,
  • Assisting with legal aspects of financing, drafting, negotiating and reviewing labor and employment and general business agreements,
  • Planning, forming and organizing franchises, including preparation and review of franchise agreements and offering circulars for compliance with federal and state franchise laws and regulations,
  • Intellectual property, including protection of trademarks and labels, and licensing,
  • E-commerce,
  • Litigation, including bankruptcy, alcohol licenses, alcohol violations, premises and product liability cases, and
  • Employment and immigration issues.

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