The hospitality industry is known for one thing over anything else: high customer satisfaction.

Maynard Nexsen’s Alcohol Permitting & Licensing Group and hospitality law team works mirror that commitment for our clients through responsive and comprehensive legal advice, helping them navigate the challenging regulatory, community and legal aspects of alcohol permitting. These requirements can mean the difference between a failed investment and a successful business.

Maynard Nexsen’s staff of attorneys and registered lobbyists regularly appear before administrative law judges and regulatory agencies on behalf of clients and is also experienced in helping businesses respond to enforcement issues, including those related to alcohol permits.

We also know that businesses that require alcohol permitting also have other legal issues. Our team has extensive experience in alcohol licensing, business licensing, legal requirements of advertising and promotion, and employment and immigration issues.

Also, our team members have active practices in many other areas of law, including: Construction, Financial Services, Employment and Labor, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, and Land Use and Zoning.


Our Work

What We Do:

Alcohol Licensing, Advertising, and Renewals

Maynard Nexsen attorneys are experts in obtaining the necessary federal, state, and local licenses and/or permits that are required at the retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and importation levels of this highly regulated industry. We can guide you through every step of the process to ensure you have all the permits you need. Our team also supports clients in complying with the legal requirements of advertising and promotion, many of which can be nearly as complex as permitting.


Securing alcohol licensing for your business is just the first step; compliance is a must to stay in business. Our team regularly provides compliance advice to restaurants, hotels, clubs, stores, breweries, and more, and we keep up with changes in the law so you can focus on running your business.

Legislative & Lobbying Needs

In partnership with the experienced Maynard Nexsen Public Policy team, we provide you boots-on-the-ground assistance when accomplishing your issue requires legislative approval. Our combined teams have supported alcohol-related legislation in multiple states on behalf of producers and industry trade associations.

Citation and Enforcement Matters 

In the event of an enforcement issue, our experienced team steps in to respond and provide expert legal counsel in these matters, up to and including administrative hearings. We communicate directly with law enforcement and regulatory agencies, represent clients in court, and, when needed, can help implement compliance programs.

Employment and Labor Issues 

Supported by our expansive Labor and Employment team, we can assist you with all your employment needs. They also understand the special employment issues that the alcohol industry involves.

Real Estate, Zoning, and Environmental Experience 

From resorts to restaurants and bars, most businesses that require alcohol licensing are brick-and-mortar institutions. Our team has extensive experience in all areas of real estate, including finance, zoning and land-use regulations, environmental regulations, construction, and many more.

Who Do We Represent? 






  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Golf courses
  • Concessionaires
  • Liquor stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Drug stores
  • Convenience stores
  • RV Resorts
  • Airlines
  • Watercraft
  • Multi-tenant developments
  • Third-Party Delivery Service Companies


Media & Podcasts


  • Latest Developments in Alcohol Permitting and Licensing

    Did you know that Nexsen Pruet is your guide with any North or South Carolina alcohol and licensing questions or needs? Our team is experienced in helping anyone across the three tiers in ensuring they can proceed with their work in compliance with local and state requirements. Member Erin Mosley walks through the recent North Carolina legislative actions creating social districts and new licensure levels, giving you the insight you need for your business.

Services by Sector

Services for Retailers:

  • Alcohol license applications
  • Alcohol license renewals
  • Special Event Licenses
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Business licensing
  • Health licensing
  • Coordination/communications with regulators and law enforcement
  • ABC Citation Defense and Enforcement Matters
  • Local and State Tax Filings for ABC Licensee

Services for Wholesalers:

  • Alcohol license applications
  • Distributor agreements
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Tied house analysis and compliance

Services for Manufacturers:

  • Alcohol license applications
  • COLA/Brand Registrations
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Tied house analysis and compliance
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