Stoel Rives LLP

Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

USA - Nationwide
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Our experienced attorneys help clients navigate laws governing alcohol manufacture, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising and marketing. We assist with M&A and real estate transactions, contracts, brand protection, environmental compliance, and provide vigorous defense in the face of disputes.

Our clients are domestic and international producers, importers, distributors, specialty retail and big box stores, restaurant and hotel chains, cruise lines and sports and entertainment concession companies. Each has distinct priorities that benefit from our understanding of industry issues and ability to work with regulators and national leadership as experienced beverage alcohol counsel.

We advise on:

  • Compliance with TTB and state ABC control regulations
  • M&A transaction negotiation, structuring and documentation
  • Trademark/brand protection
  • Labeling and advertising compliance and clearance; Lanham Act counsel; FTC
  • Environmental compliance and defense; waste/wastewater management and water rights
  • Attainment and defense of federal and state liquor licenses
  • Contracts with suppliers, bottlers and distributors including custom crush
  • Tax strategy and defense related to corporate transactions and import, export and multi-state operations
  • Corporate formation, structure and finance
  • Private equity and foreign investment in alcohol production and distribution
  • Land use, siting and permitting including conditional use permits
  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Business Succession Planning


Friedman, Todd (Head of Department)

Meier, Stephanie (Head of Department)

Filippi, David E

Frassetto, Gene

Glazer, Anne W

Hancock, Nicole C

Hermann, Christopher R

Johnson, Susan M

Keating, Reilley

Kipp, Bernard

Kushner, Margaret B

Lake, Catherine

Mitchell, Claire

Sacks, Jeremy

Taylor, Nicholas


American Golf Corporation

Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Domaine Drouhin Oregon/Maison Joseph Drouhin

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Goose Ridge Vineyards

Harry & David Holdings, Inc.

Holland America Line, Inc./Princess Cruises/Carnival Cruise

Jackson Family Enterprises, Inc.

Precept Wine Brands, LLC

Societe Jacques Bollinger

Starbucks Coffee Company




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