Liquor License & Hospitality Practice

Shenker Russo & Clark LLP helps businesses navigate New York State’s complex process for securing a liquor license, identifying potential snags and addressing them to limit the potential for costly delays or fines. Our firm’s clients include restaurants, bars, hotels, caterers, sports arenas, cruise lines, liquor stores, airlines, wholesalers and a range of other businesses for which liquor sales are an essential part of the customer experience.

Our services include:

  • Developing liquor permit applications, including temporary permits while applications are pending, in order to minimize the potential for rejection by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA)
  • Working directly with NYSLA investigators to clarify or augment information to sustain the progress of a pending application
  • Representing clients at community board meetings and SLA hearings
  • Securing NYSLA approval for physical modifications or management/ownership changes at a licensed business
  • Securing permits for clients holding off-site events
  • Obtain declaratory rulings on new business models

Keeping a liquor license can be just as challenging as acquiring one. SRC helps ensure that our clients comply with all of NYSLA’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws and regulations while offering reliable assistance when they respond to licensing queries. If a client is ever charged with violations, we are familiar with the substance and subtleties of representing them before the NYSLA.

Theresa Russo, the Partner who heads SRC’s Liquor License Practice, is a member of the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants, a Board member of the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, and a member of the National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys.