Beverage Alcohol

We help Beverage Alcohol clients succeed domestically and globally, unraveling the regulatory hurdles that come with one of the most heavily regulated industries at all levels.

Our approach

Companies in the wine and spirits industry face new and more complex challenges as their business becomes increasingly international.

Our targeted knowledge of local, state, national and international beverage issues is normally found only in boutique firms. Drawing on firmwide skills in related areas of law gives our clients access to a full range of legal services to help them achieve their most critical business goals.

We provide suppliers, distributors and retailers around the world with comprehensive, practical advice on a broad spectrum of legal issues, with guidance on manufacturing, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution and sale of wine, beer and spirits.

We help clients with the following legal challenges:

  • Regulatory compliance and licensing
  • Trade practices
  • Consumer protection
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Franchise laws and distributor relations
  • International and domestic import, export, and distribution agreements
  • Trademark registration and protection
  • Customs matters
  • Distributor relations
  • Winery, brewery and distillery operations
  • Environmental issues
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

We’re tightly focused on our clients’ business priorities, providing compatible, creative, efficient and cost-effective legal solutions, using our global connections to support international trade and sourcing arrangements.

Calling All Breweries: Is Your Wastewater In Order?

Law360 | July 11, 2016

Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.

New York's craft beverage industry moves forward

Buffalo Law Journal | July 04, 2016

Food, Beverage & Agriculture team members New York City associate Jackie Sudano and Rochester associate Joe Carello provide commentary in this in-depth feature article that looks at the current state of New York’s craft beverage industry.

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