Intro to Alcoholic Beverage Licensing in New York

(436 Ratings)

Produced on: March 06, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 58 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This course will explore retail liquor licensing while also providing a broader, focused overview of the state’s liquor licensing process with specific regard to buying or selling a business, helping clients identify the specific liquor license required for their business and the steps necessary to obtain it, working with the NYS Liquor Authority to gain the necessary approvals, and the difficulties that commonly arise during this process. The program will cover the procedural aspects and also a review of the documents necessary to complete the transaction. First, the program will discuss the various classes of licenses and identifying the requirements of each license class, then segue into the steps required in obtaining a license and summarizing the application process. The course will equip attorneys with the most crucial information necessary for advising entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry who seek to obtain a liquor license.

The presenter, Michael James, is the founder of The James Firm, a boutique practice focused on corporate law, alcoholic beverage licensing, and real estate for early stage and existing businesses, structuring, negotiating and closing a range of commercial and capital market deals, and advising clients on a variety of issues, including obtaining and maintaining a retail alcoholic beverage license.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the specific liquor license your business will need
  2. Review and draft the necessary documents for the NYS Liquor Authority
  3. Discuss best practices throughout the application process


Michael James

The James Firm

Michael advises and provides representation to start-up companies and entrepreneurs, a variety of international artists, Grammy nominated record producers, production companies, music publishers and film producers. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial law issues for early stage and existing businesses, structuring, negotiating and closing a range of commercial and capital market deals, and advising clients on a variety of issues, including capital formation and business acquisitions.

Michael also has an alcoholic beverage industry practice, assisting restaurants, nightclubs, retail, and event planning companies with their state and local licensing requirements.

Michael is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York and is Of Counsel to Clapp Kelner PLLC.


Danielle G.

This program was really excellent....practical and easily understood applications, letters and charts.

Anusha G.

Excellent presenter! Clear and concise

Philip S.

Good topic; well structured

Rachel B.

Great program.

Laurie S.

I thought this subject matter was very interesting and added context to so many articles I have read in my local downtown paper about establishments seeking liquor licenses -- I loved learning more about the topic. I think the teacher was very kind, offering for people to contact him. He had a lot of "um"s when he spoke, but I think with continued public speaking, he will go on to be an even more effective teacher and speaker. Thank you, Lawline!

kristina g.

Amazing job. So incredibly impressed with the amount of information he provided.

Leonard M. K.

Great presentation, thanks!

Rochelle L.

He managed to get a lot of information into the hour.

Matthew S.

One of the best programs that you have.

Carl L.

A well-organized presentation which contained a great deal of information,

Simon Z.

Excellent introduction to an interesting legal niche.

Michael B.

good, very good.

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