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    Wine, Beer & Spirits Law

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    Pillsbury's Wine, Beer & Spirits Law practice is nationally ranked by Chambers USA, a leading independent guide that interviews clients to compile its rankings.


    Pillsbury has represented beverage clients for more than 100 years. We provide a complete portfolio of legal services to help clients comply with the maze of regulatory requirements for the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. We help our clients organize and establish production and import companies and get the required permits, licenses, TTB (formerly ATF) label and formula approvals and similar permissions. We counsel clients on state and federal compliance questions and defend them in regulatory investigations and in negotiations with state and federal agencies. We provide counsel and representation to a wide range of manufacturers, importers, and retailers, both in the U.S. and abroad.

    We defend clients in state and federal actions brought to suspend or revoke supplier licenses based on apparently legitimate (even charitable) business practices deemed actionable under the vagaries of alcoholic beverage law. We also advise US, European, and Pacific Rim clients who confront alcoholic beverage licensing issues in the acquisition of major hotel and restaurant chains, and provide counsel in industrial and non-beverage alcohol manufacturing and use, particularly with regard to FDA compliance. The firm also provides services in the following areas for our beer, wine and spirits industry clients:

    • Beverage industry litigation
    • Distribution agreements and distributor termination counsel and defense, from helping clients terminate distributors to litigation
    • Purchase and sale of wineries, retailers and vineyard land
    • Antitrust compliance in the beverage industry
    • Corporate organization and related securities law issues involving the beverage industry
    • Intellectual property issues involving patents, trademarks and copyrights, especially trademark litigation
    • Regulatory and compliance advice and defense before state and federal regulatory authorities
    • Real estate and land use issues for industry clients
    • White-collar defense for beverage companies
    • Negotiations with state and federal taxing authorities over payment of state excise taxes
    • E-commerce: alcohol beverage compliance and beverage issues for B2B and B2C companies
    • All other legal problems for beverage industry clients

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