The market for alcohol beverage and non-beverage products is unique. To stay on top, legal, regulatory and transactional advice in this market must combine focus and sophistication, and must be dispensed by lawyers with in-depth experience in this sector. And when it comes to experience, few law firms can match McDermott’s alcohol team.
We represent many of the top US companies in the industry and dozens of multinational corporations worldwide. For nearly ten years, Chambers USA has recognized McDermott as a Band 1 Food and Beverages (Alcohol) national practice, and lead partner Marc Sorini is the only lawyer given the distinction “Star Performer” in this category.
Our alcohol regulatory and distribution lawyers represent clients in the full spectrum of US and international matters. We are adept at addressing the legal and regulatory aspects of operating in this complex market, including issues such as licensing, permitting, production, product formulation, taxation, trade practices, transportation, distribution, labeling, advertising and marketing of alcohol beverages. We also possess a deep understanding of the regulation and distribution of alcohol for non-beverage purposes such as flavor, extract and soft drink concentrate production, fuel alcohol (ethanol), as well as hospital, laboratory and industrial uses. The combination of our deep knowledge of the industry along with the strengths of McDermott’s M&A practice makes us a natural choice for advising clients with their transactional strategy and deal needs.
Our extensive work on high-stakes issues and our long history advising major suppliers have given us a deep, comprehensive understanding of industry best practices. Our lawyers and staff are very active before the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and work closely with control authorities in almost every state. We also have broad experience with the regulation of beverages by US Customs & Border Protection and the US Food and Drug Administration. We understand the objectives of regulatory officials and apply this knowledge to effectively and efficiently advise our clients, including many of the best-known corporations and trade associations.
We are in close communication with key trade associations and government groups, and work with them to provide legislative and policy support to our clients. When commercial, criminal and class action disputes involving antitrust, intellectual property and other issues arise, our litigators take rapid action to maximize the likelihood of success, whether through negotiated settlements, at trial or on appeal.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Food and Drug Administration
Permitting and Licensing