Bethany (Beth) K. Hatef advises clients on regulatory and distribution issues in the alcohol beverage industry, as well as on all aspects of environmental law.
Beth regularly counsels alcohol industry clients on federal and state requirements relating to the distribution and sale of beer, wine and spirits. Her work in this area includes examining the impact of state franchise requirements on supplier-distributor contracts and relations, advising clients on the legality of promotional programs and related activities under federal and state tied house laws and regulations, navigating state restrictions on the online sale of wines and analyzing state requirements concerning the distribution of hard cider. Beth also advises clients on alcohol regulatory and distribution risks and liabilities in connection with corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.
Beth also counsels clients across a broad range of industries on the environmental risks and liabilities associated with corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and commercial real estate transactions. She has advised energy companies and private equity firms on environmental issues associated with acquisitions of solar projects, coal- and natural gas-fired power plants, hospitals and medical centers, and pharmaceutical product and fireplace manufacturing facilities. She also advised a car auction service company in association with the commencement of commercial real estate leases at numerous properties nationwide. In addition, Beth advises clients on environmental, occupational safety and health, and energy regulatory and compliance matters, including issues relating to energy conservation.
While in law school, Beth held internships at the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut and the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She participated in Duke Law's Guantanamo Defense Clinic and served as co-chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Beth was a member of the Moot Court Board and also served as an articles editor of the Alaska Law Review.