In all fifty states, as well as at the federal level, alcohol beverage control (ABC) laws are complex, and state ABC agencies often have substantial regulatory power to enforce these laws. Businesses that fail to adhere to these laws and regulations may subject themselves to severe penalties that can greatly impact their profitability. In some cases, businesses may even lose their ABC license.

Moreover, a company that must secure an ABC license must often do so in a hurry. However, obtaining an ABC license is not easy. State ABC agencies may require businesses seeking licenses to provide extensive documentation – with some agencies even requiring the principals to undergo criminal background checks. The investigation conducted by these agencies takes time and can result in significant delays in the issuance of licenses. It takes an experienced attorney who understands how to work with state ABC agencies to ensure that a business obtains its ABC license as quickly as possible.

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, we understand that an ABC license is more than just a piece of paper; it represents your livelihood, and it can also ensure the jobs of your employees. Across the United States, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s highly experienced liquor licensing lawyers can assist your business in navigating the complicated system of laws that govern the production, interstate distribution, sale, and consumption of alcohol. We have significant experience representing companies of all sizes, including international malt beverage manufacturers, wineries, breweries, wine shippers, importers and distributors, national restaurant chains, locally-owned restaurants, theaters, coliseums, arenas, and clubs.

The number of new and independent craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years and continues to boom. Swift growth and ample opportunities can pose a number of legal challenges for startups or even for established brewers, distillers, and wineries. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig can help you through the legal and regulatory hurdles so that you can focus on the production and distribution of your distinctive product whether you are operating at the local, regional, national, or international level.

With their diverse backgrounds, our business attorneys have the knowledge and experience to deliver the guidance and legal services that breweries, wineries, and distilleries require. Across the nation, we serve clients in the restaurant industry by offering cost-effective solutions and sound legal advice. Restaurants and clubs face a number of federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding their work to provide patrons with quality food and drinks. Developing a successful restaurant or club venture – whether it’s a stand-alone business or a national chain of franchises – requires quality legal and business professionals who understand your business.

Sometimes, state ABC agencies initiate charges against businesses for alleged violation of ABC laws and regulations. Our liquor licensing lawyers also have significant experience successfully defending clients in such actions brought by federal or state regulatory or law enforcement agencies. To learn more how Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig can help your business obtain an ABC license or comply with ABC rules and regulations anywhere in the United States, contact us today.