Legal Services

A Law Firm That Knows Liquor Law

The Skene Law Firm provides cost-effective and comprehensive legal solutions for all tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry. We solely concentrate our practice in the alcoholic beverage industry and have extensive experience representing a variety of on-premise and off-premise vendors including: restaurants, bars, package stores, hotels, casinos, catering, and food/beverage service companies.

Our services include:

  • Obtaining new state and/or local retail alcoholic beverage licenses;
  • Reporting changes in existing retail alcoholic beverage licensed premises;
  • Providing retail licensees with compliance and trade practice guidance; and
  • Advice and representation regarding ABC violations.

Whether you are the general counsel of a national restaurant chain, the CEO of a regional hotel chain, a local caterer trying to expand your business, or an aspiring entrepreneur contemplating importing wine and setting up a wholesale network, you all have one thing in common - the need to legally buy and sell alcoholic beverages. The ability to traffic in alcoholic beverages is the lifeblood of your business and the inability to do so would be crippling. With each state, and the federal government, having its own unique set of alcoholic beverage control laws, many of which are antiquated and out of touch with modern business practices, the prospect of navigating through them can be daunting.

The Skene Law Firm can provide comprehensive solutions to your alcoholic beverage regulatory and compliance needs on an international, national, regional, or local basis in the following areas.


We have extensive experience representing national restaurant chains, hotels, casinos, catering companies and a variety of other on-premise and off-premise vendors. Some of our services include:

  • Obtaining new state and/or local retail alcoholic beverage licenses on a nationwide, regional or local basis.
  • Reporting changes in existing retail alcoholic beverage licensed corporations, limited liability companies, etc. occasioned by mergers/acquisitions, business reorganizations, additions of new principals, or other entity changes on a local basis (for those few jurisdictions where it is either impossible or inefficient for us to provide this type of service, we have developed a network of competent local counsel and consultants to assist us).
  • Assisting in the identification and the purchase of retail alcoholic beverage licenses in those jurisdictions where such licenses are subject to a quota.
  • Providing retail licensees with alcoholic beverage compliance guidance including franchise law issues, trade practice matters, and ABC violations.


We represent wine, spirit and beer wholesalers operating on a local, regional and national level.  We can provide guidance and assistance with:

  • Obtaining all necessary federal and state licensing and permits;
  • Federal and state compliance and trade practice guidance;
  • Drafting and reviewing distribution agreements between wholesalers and suppliers;
  • State franchise law guidance.

Importation and Manufacturing

We provide experienced service regarding:

  • Federal and state licenses for the manufacture of alcoholic beverages;
  • Federal permits and state licenses for importation and distribution;
  • International and domestic importation and distribution agreements;
  • Trademark registration and protection;
  • Federal label approvals and state brand registrations;
  • Customs issues, i.e. taxes, duties, bonds, etc.

E-Commerce and Advertising

We provide advice and guidance to retailers, wholesalers, importers and manufacturers in the areas of e-commerce and advertising.