Alcohol Industry

Shumaker Williams, P.C. has a long history of representing businesses in the alcohol industry, especially manufacturers and retailers. For over 30 years, our firm has served as general counsel to the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, which has allowed us to amass an unparalleled depth of experience in the legal and regulatory issues affecting the alcohol industry.

We have a genuine interest in representing businesses in the alcohol industry and are especially passionate about local/regional craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. We constantly monitor the news, legislation, Liquor Control Board Advisory Opinions, and court decisions in order to keep our clients informed and to advise them on any potential impact to their business. We are also associate members of the Brewers of Pennsylvania and provide updates to the alcohol industry through our blog at

As a business focused firm, we offer a comprehensive set of services to guide you from start-up to succession. We combine this full-service experience with our knowledge of the alcohol industry to provide assistance that is tailored for your business. Our alcohol industry services include:

  • Creating your business entity and developing a business strategy.
  • Obtaining liquor licenses and submitting necessary state and federal filings.
  • Advising on employment and non-compete related matters.
  • Assisting with purchasing or leasing property and zoning issues.
  • Handling all aspects of the acquisition, sale, and financing of restaurants, taverns, hotels, liquor licensees, and related businesses.
  • Defending regulatory enforcement actions, citations, and nuisance bar allegations by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
  • Drafting or reviewing contracts, including distributor agreements, construction contracts, and vendor contracts.
  • Protecting your intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, recipes, and trade secrets.
  • Defending Dram Shop liability claims.
  • Providing business planning and tax advice.

The Alcohol Industry is heavily regulated, both at the state and federal levels. The goal of the Alcohol Industry Practice Group is to help you understand and navigate numerous laws and regulations so you can make informed business decisions, allowing you to focus on what you love.