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Rankings & Honors

  • BTI Litigation Outlook 2013
    • “Most Feared Law Firms”—Honor Roll
    • Strong Performance—IP Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Chambers USA
  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”


We help Beverage Alcohol clients succeed domestically and globally, unraveling the regulatory hurdles that come with one of the most heavily regulated industries at all levels.

Our approach

Companies in the wine and spirits industry face new and more complex challenges as their business becomes increasingly international.

Our targeted knowledge of local, state, national and international beverage issues is normally found only in boutique firms. Drawing on firmwide skills in related areas of law gives our clients access to a full range of legal services to help them achieve their most critical business goals.

We provide suppliers, distributors and retailers around the world with comprehensive, practical advice on a broad spectrum of legal issues, with guidance on manufacturing, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution and sale of wine, beer and spirits.

We help clients with the following legal challenges:

  • Regulatory compliance and licensing
  • Trade practices
  • Consumer protection
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Franchise laws and distributor relations
  • International and domestic import, export, and distribution agreements
  • Trademark registration and protection
  • Customs matters
  • Distributor relations
  • Winery, brewery and distillery operations
  • Environmental issues
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

We’re tightly focused on our clients’ business priorities, providing compatible, creative, efficient and cost-effective legal solutions, using our global connections to support international trade and sourcing arrangements.

Media Clips

  • Calling All Breweries: Is Your Wastewater In Order?
    Law360 | July 11, 2016
    Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.
  • New York's craft beverage industry moves forward
    Buffalo Law Journal | July 4, 2016
    Food, Beverage & Agriculture team members New York City associate Jackie Sudano and Rochester associate Joe Carello provide commentary in this in-depth feature article that looks at the current state of New York’s craft beverage industry.
  • Strategy to Grown NYS Craft Beverage Industry Comes to Fruition
    Rochester Business Journal | December 12, 2014
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Brian Mahoney authored this column on the history of legislation in New York that has helped the craft beverage industry flourish, and how the Craft New York Act of 2014 will contribute to further growth.
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  • Craft Beverage Legislation Goes Down Smooth in NY
    Law360 | December 2, 2014
    Rochester associate Brian Mahoney authored this column on the New York Craft New York Act, which encourages the growth of the craft beverage industry.


Food & Beverage Crystal Ball: Trends We're Following
January 6, 2017

Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group announces recommendations
Beverage Alcohol Alert | April 28, 2016

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