Georgia is one of the most complex states for alcohol licensing and regulatory compliance. Berman Fink Van Horn attorneys have knowledge, experience and established relationships with state and local government regulators and legislators of the alcoholic beverage industry across the state. We work closely with the Georgia Department of Revenue, the State Attorney General’s office, state, county and city elected officials and enforcement agents to advance the interests of our clients.
Advising clients throughout the licensing process
Our attorneys are here to guide you through the licensing process, from forming entities to operate alcohol licensed establishments, to drafting lease agreements, handling zoning and land use issues, and preparing and processing all types of alcohol license applications (local, state and federal). Our alcohol licensing services include:
- Determining whether a location complies with zoning and alcoholic beverage licensing requirements
- Drafting and processing alcohol license applications, business license applications and health department permit applications
- Representing clients before neighborhood associations, administrative boards, legislative bodies and courts of law
- Handling disciplinary actions against alcoholic beverage licensees and lawsuits to appeal adverse decisions
- Drafting laws and regulations governing the alcoholic beverage industry
- Training employees to ensure compliance with regulations
- Working with city and state alcoholic beverage licensing enforcement officers
Berman Fink Van Horn’s hospitality clients own and operate wine shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, and liquor stores. Our attorneys also represent wine importers, alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. In addition, we regularly advise commercial real estate owners, developers and property managers, other lawyers and state and local government officials regarding issues that arise in the licensing and regulation of alcoholic beverages, including drafting lease agreements, forming business entities, and handling zoning and land use issues that can arise in regard to the operation of an alcoholic beverage related business.
Why choose us?
When you entrust us with your business matter, you can rest assured our team will treat your company like it is our own. The attorneys handling your case will always keep you up to date, consistently communicating with you and collaborating on creative solutions. Our team is nimble, accessible, and ready to act. And while our rates are competitive, our clients receive white glove service from a senior level attorney—every time.
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BFV client faces community opposition, granted zoning & alcohol license
Berman Fink Van Horn assisted a restaurant client in a zoning and alcohol licensing matter. After receiving approval for zoning, the client faced community opposition for its alcohol license. On appeal to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, BFV faced an administrative trial, including opposition that was called to testify against our client, followed by BFV calling strategic witnesses to the stand and entering evidence to support our client. After a two hour hearing, our client was granted the license with a vote of 4-1. After more than 2 years, our client claimed victory in a very long zoning and alcohol licensing matter.Attorneys involved in this case: Lisa S. Morchower