Hospitality and Liquor Licensing

Practice Contact

Andrew A. Ingrum
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For decades, Thompson & Knight has represented hotels and restaurants operating as independent businesses; franchisees; franchisors; regional, national, and international chains; industry trade organizations; operating councils; and management companies. Some of our clients are nationally known companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, or NASDAQ. Many more are privately held family businesses.

In serving these clients, we combine comprehensive general corporate counsel with advice on concerns specific to the industry. We obtain liquor licenses and assist with regulatory hearings and filings for many national restaurant and hotel chains. We have special knowledge of liquor licensing in various states and nations. For example, we have many years of good working relationships with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and other entities that regulate and approve beverage license applications.

We advise hospitality companies on marketing, advertising, and signage, and help them protect their trademarks, copyrights, service marks, and other intellectual property. Our attorneys give sound advice on regulatory, public policy, and government relations issues, particularly those involving permits and licenses.

We also counsel restaurant and hospitality clients in all areas of commercial litigation, intellectual property protection, contract enforcement and disputes, employment matters, premises liability and claims of inadequate security, and personal injury actions. We are adept at resolving even the most complex issues, such as our recent representation of a well-known e-tailer in a copyright infringement suit involving products sold on its Web Site.