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Liquor License Attorney in New York State

According to Modern Restaurant Management magazine, 20-25% of a restaurant’s revenue comes from alcohol sales. Other businesses like liquor stores, bars, nightclubs, liquor distributors, and breweries derive all of their profits from the sale of alcohol. A liquor license is essential for all of these businesses.

Contact us to speak with a respected liquor license attorney who can help make your business a success.

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Trusted NY Liquor Licensing Lawyer

To sell alcohol legally in New York, you must have a New York liquor license. A liquor license attorney from Lawyer for Business will perform the detailed legal work necessary for obtaining a liquor license.

As a liquor licensing firm in NY, Lawyer for Business can defend your liquor license against enforcement actions by the New York State Liquor Authority. Such could cost you your liquor license.

Types of Alcohol Licenses We Work with

New York state has four groups of liquor licenses. A New York liquor license attorney from Lawyer for Business will help you identify the correct group for your business and the licenses you need.

  1. On-Premises License

    This license is for bars, restaurants, taverns, hotels, and other places where customers consume liquor on the premises.
  2. Off-Premises License

    Businesses where consumption takes place off the premises, like liquor stores, wine stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores, need this license.
  3. Manufacturing License

    This license gets issued to breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, and meaderies.
  4. Wholesale License

    Liquor wholesalers and importers each need a wholesale license.

Who We Serve

A New York alcohol license attorney from Lawyer for Business represents clients in all four licensing categories, including:

Why Choose Us

Andrea Tarshus is the firm’s lead lawyer. She has over 11 years of experience representing businesses of all sizes. Her practice includes business formation and licensing. Clients choose Lawyer for Business for:

Legal Knowledge

A New York liquor license attorney must know the law. Filing a deficient license application can waste 22-26 weeks of your company’s time. When you file a liquor license application, you want it done right the first time.


Any lawyer can secure or defend a liquor license. But an experienced liquor license lawyer understands the process for getting positive results.

Fierce Advocacy

Losing your liquor license can destroy your small business. If your liquor license has been threatened by New York State, you need a lawyer who will fight for a fair process and a fair result.

Food Service and Restaurants

Whether you have a counter service stand, food truck, or restaurant, our liquor license attorney in New York can help you get a liquor license and comply with New York’s liquor laws to keep your license.

Bars and Nightclubs

Bars and nightclubs need liquor licenses to stay in business. Our New York liquor license attorney will help your club or bar secure this essential asset and defend it against enforcement actions.

Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries

Small-batch craft beers, liquors, and wines have skyrocketed in popularity. Staying in business for small and large manufacturers means getting the right licenses and ensuring compliance with New York law.

Liquor Retailers

Convenience stores, liquor stores, groceries, and other liquor retailers have a high risk of enforcement actions. Every employee who handles the checkout line must comply with New York law. Our liquor law attorneys can get your store a liquor license and help you develop procedures to keep it.

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Our business was in a difficult spot and after searching for representation we were lucky to find Andrea Tarshus. Her fiery, positive demeanor, and dedication lifted us in a dark time. She was fast and thorough. She follows up immediately, and makes us feel like the top priority. For a new business owner, she helped us set up systems, and create employee manuals. I highly recommend her to anyone who is in need of a lawyer.

Clients have positive words for the legal services they received from Lawyer for Business, including

Andrea was a pleasure to work with! She knows her stuff and I would definitely work with her again in the future!

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Andrea helped our business when it was small and as it has grown. She is an amazing advocate, a great listener, a fierce negotiator, an amazing creator and reviewer of contracts and is responsive, accessible, fair, and spot-on. Her candid guidance helps us navigate decisions quickly. The Best!

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At Lawyer for Business, we understand the needs of liquor retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. To discuss what an experienced liquor license attorney in New York can do for you, contact us.

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The price of each cannabis license are set in the future by the CCB. Factors influencing the cost of obtaining a particular license will depend on the license type, the size of the contemplated operation, and the applicant’s socioeconomic status. 

How much is a liquor license in NY?

The filing fee varies, depending on the type of license and the county where the establishment is located. Filing fees range from about $400 to over $6,000.