Wine and Alcoholic Beverage Law

The Burton Law Firm is representing clients in all areas of the wine and the adult beverage industry. We serve as legal counsel for wineries, vineyards, brewers, distributors, importers, wine co-ops, wine industry consultants, as well as wineshops, bars and restaurants. Our understanding of the complete industry allows us to better serve clients at all levels of production, distribution and purveying. While we assist clients within this industry in many different states and markets, we particulary specialize in higher-end bourtique wineries in the regions of Napa, Sonoma, Clarksburg, Amador and El Dorado Counties.
Some of the services we provide for our wine and alcoholic beverage clients involve:
Initial Formation and/or Acquisition:
Land/facility/winery acquisitions or leases; enitity choice, situs, and formation; shareholder and partnership agreements; assistance in securing trademarks and intellectual property; compliance with local, state and federal laws; bonds and permitting; employment issues and contracts; as well as all legal aspects of financing the entity.
Ongoing Operations:
Distributor, importer, consultant agreements and negotiations; grape purchase and sales agreements; direct to consumer and interstate shipping laws; ABC compliance; import and export assistance; income, duty and transfer tax issues; trademark and patent prosecution; as well as all areas of litigation in the wine and adult beverage industry.
Sales or Transfers:
Mergers, sales and acquisitions; tax and retirement planning; shareholder/partnership disputes;  business succession; transer/gift/estate tax and estate planning.  

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