Alcoholic Beverage Law

At Ortale Kelley, our attorneys provide legal services to restaurants, hotels, clubs, and bar establishments that serve alcohol, ensuring that all federal, state, and local licensing and permit laws, regulations, and ordinances are followed. We have worked extensively with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Tennessee Department of Revenue, and directly with many of the local municipal and county beer boards and alcoholic beverage commissions throughout the state. In addition, our litigation attorneys represent business entities and individual business owners with respect to citations for alleged violations of alcoholic beverage laws. Many of our alcoholic beverage attorneys are also experts in business entity and real estate issues that may arise.

Whether we are assisting a local bar owner or a national restaurant chain, our attorneys strive to provide all clients with cost-effective services and solutions. Our extensive experience with alcoholic beverage law has allowed us to develop forms and gain access to informational resources that are at our disposal to timely meet your needs.

Because Ortale Kelley is a full-service law firm, our alcoholic beverage attorneys may draw upon the experience and knowledge of other Ortale Kelley attorneys in the following practice areas:

  • Alcohol beverage and tobacco licenses and permits at the local, state, and federal level
  • Renewal of alcohol beverage and tobacco licenses and permits
  • Business licensing compliance for all establishments that serve alcohol, including restaurants, bars, hotels, and entertainment venues
  • Business licensing compliance for all manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, and retailers
  • Brewery of High Gravity Beer, Distillery, and Winery licenses
  • Retail Food Store licenses
  • Sales and use tax registration
  • Acquisition and/or leasing of business premises
  • Compliance with local health codes as well as building code and occupancy requirements
  • Liquor license and beer permit citation defense
  • Dram shop & alcoholic beverage liability defense