Hospitality and Alcohol Beverage Law

Clark Quinn has substantial experience in matters involving hospitality law and alcoholic beverage law.  These matters relate to the legal framework governing the provision of food, alcoholic beverages and lodging to customers.  Our hospitality and liquor licensing attorneys understand that successful legal counsel requires an in-depth knowledge of not only the laws and regulations governing the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industry, but also the processes required at the federal, state and local levels of government.  Clark Quinn attorneys know and understand those processes, and provide advice and counseling on a broad range of hospitality-related topics, such as:

  • Locating and obtaining new alcoholic beverage or liquor permits, licenses and certificates for businesses and employees (managers, wait staff, servers, bartenders and clerks) in the hospitality industry
  • Preparing transfer applications and renewal applications for alcoholic beverage permits or liquor licenses
  • Participating in appeal hearings in the event a business has its alcoholic beverage permit or liquor license denied or revoked
  • Complying with the alcoholic beverage laws and regulations (liquor laws)
  • Assisting clients with any tax issues (tax protests) before various taxing authorities
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts necessary to buy and sell restaurants (and other businesses) holding alcoholic beverage permits or liquor licenses
  • Drafting management agreements and lease agreements
  • Negotiating settlement agreements concerning alleged violations issued by the Indiana State Excise Police, the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Department of Code Enforcement
  • Litigating matters before state agencies and courts relating to hospitality issues, including contract disputes and torts, such as liquor liability or dram shop liability, and nuisance abatement matters
  • Defending persons in alcoholic beverage related offenses such as public intoxication and driving under the influence.  Also view:  Criminal Law

Our liquor licensing attorneys represent clients throughout the hospitality industry, including the following:

  • Beer, wine and liquor wholesalers (distributors)
  • Breweries / Microbreweries
  • Restaurants, night clubs and taverns
  • Package liquor stores
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Fraternal and social clubs
  • Hotels
  • Civic centers, stadiums, entertainment complexes and concert venues
  • Private and public colleges and universities
  • Municipalities and redevelopment commissions and authorities
  • Tobacco shops and cigar bars
  • Country clubs and golf courses
  • Real estate developers and landlords
  • Event planners and coordinators
  • Businesses engaging in charitable and Type II gaming functions or events
  • Other clients holding alcoholic beverage permits (liquor permits or liquor licenses) before the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission and other liquor control boards throughout the United States.
We also assist clients with matters related to the hospitality industry including the following:
  • Organizing business entities and conducting necessary filings to start a hospitality business – Also view:  Business and Commercial Services
  • Conducting the land use, zoning and planning analysis and filing the proper petitions in order for hospitality businesses to operate at certain locations – Also view:  Zoning and Land Use
  • Providing legal counsel and litigation services regarding laws affecting health, safety and welfare issues and labor and employment matter common to the hospitality industry

For more information about the Firm’s hospitality law and alcoholic beverage law practice please contact John B. “Bart” Herriman, Frank D. Otte, Michael P. Maxwell, Jr., John M. Moses, N. Davey Neal or Sean A. Brown.