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Avoiding problems before they start brewing

To say that compliance in the alcoholic beverage industry is difficult is an understatement. Ever since Prohibition was repealed with the 21st Amendment in 1933, states and localities have enacted a complex web of statutes, rules, and regulations that govern alcoholic beverages. Many of these laws overlap and are inconsistent, causing headaches and liability for all three tiers of companies in the wine, beer, and spirits industry: producers, distributors, and retailers. The failure to comply with these laws can lead to serious consequences, including fines and license suspension or revocation. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig helps clients navigate the full spectrum of laws applicable to alcohol beverages, from production to marketing, distribution, sales, and consumption. Our law firm assists clients in regulatory investigations before federal and state ABC agencies, in litigation, and in transactional matters, including obtaining necessary alcohol licenses and permits for clients.

Our experience in alcohol beverage laws

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has extensive experience representing manufacturers, importers, distributors, and vendors throughout the United States. Our beverage industry clients include wineries, breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants. Our alcohol beverage law team, which consists of lawyers from across the firm’s practice areas, helps clients organize entities, establish brands, and obtain the proper licenses and permits. We also represent clients before government agencies, including federal and state beverage control agencies. We routinely work with the government agencies that enforce alcohol beverage laws and regulations, including the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and various state and local entities.

What we do

  • Prepare permit and license applications for federal, state, and local agencies
  • Secure required operating and collateral alcohol beverage licenses, including health, safety, and occupational permits
  • Advise on compliance with labeling requirements for the manufacture, sale, and import and export of wine, beer, and spirits
  • Negotiate and prepare distributorship agreements
  • Defend clients in disputes and regulatory proceedings
  • Handle merger and acquisition transactions
  • Review and ensure compliance with advertising regulations
  • Assist with brand identity and trademark selection


Alex Butterman


Charles Cantine


Thomas Dunlap


S. Claire Gibson


Dubs Herschlip


Michael La Porte


David Ludwig


Cortland Putbrese



Frederick (Erick) Poorbaugh

Senior Associate

Mark Russakow

Of Counsel


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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.