This course explores the legal framework for alcohol manufacturing, distribution, and sales in the United States. The course provides an overview of the three-tier system of distribution, tied house laws, trade practice requirements governing alcohol beverages, federal and state licensing, and the recent growth in online sales and direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) sales and shipping.
Alcohol beverage law is a complex area of state and federal laws and is often overwhelming for those who are new to the practice of beverage alcohol law. This course will provide a general framework and understanding of key concepts, laws and regulations with the aim to alleviate confusion and set a foundation for better understanding this unique practice area.
Key topics to be discussed:
Three-tier system of distribution
Tied house laws
Trade practice requirements governing alcohol beverages
Federal and State Licensing
Growth in online sales and DTC
General framework and understanding
Laws and regulation
Date / Time: November 17, 2023
Mike Laszlo | LaszloLaw
Mike Laszlo focuses his practice heavily on alcohol beverage law, including wine, beer and spirits, complex liquor licensing issues and hospitality. Mike also has extensive experience with business law and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on business disputes, torts, trade secret, trademark, liquor and other complex commercial disputes. Mike has successfully prosecuted and defended local, national and global clients throughout the country, in state and federal courts including numerous appeals.
Patrick Maroney | Maroney Consulting Services LLC
Patrick Maroney is the President of Maroney Consulting Services LLC, and provides consulting related to liquor laws, rules, liability, training and compliance for liquor licensees and stakeholders. Patrick has over 33 years of experience in law enforcement and regulatory compliance.
In June 2019, Patrick retired from the state of Colorado where he served as the Director for the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division (LED) since 2013. For over two years previously, Patrick served as the Chief of Investigations for the LED. He has also worked for other government agencies including the Colorado Lottery, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Patrick is a former board member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) and has served on several panels during NCSLA conferences as well as hosted the 2017 National Conference in Denver.
During his tenure as Director of the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division, Patrick saw several changes in liquor law, policy, rules and industry practices. He worked closely with liquor stakeholders in 2016 and 2018 to implement two bills passed by the Colorado legislature that brought about the most significant changes to Colorado’s liquor laws since Prohibition. He understands the importance of strengthening America’s strong alcohol regulatory system and its relevancy to protecting public health and safety.
I. Three-tier system of distribution | 2:00pm – 2:15pm
II. Tied house laws | 2:15pm – 2:30pm
III. Trade practice requirements governing alcohol beverages | 2:30pm – 2:50pm
IV. Federal and State Licensing | 2:50pm – 3:00pm
Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
V. Growth in online sales and DTC | 3:10pm – 3:30pm
VI. General framework and understanding | 3:30pm – 3:50pm