Ohio Liquor Law & Hospitality

Kephart Fisher LLC

Kephart Fisher represents every possible type of client involved in the alcoholic beverage and hospitality industry, including restaurants, supermarket chains, bars, taverns, hotels, nightclubs, theaters, property owners and developers. We regularly assist, guide and counsel clients through the range of potential legal issues, including:

Licensing: We help clients choose the alcoholic beverage permit that best meets their business needs, acquire new permits (directly from the state or through purchase from existing permit holders), renew existing permits, change ownership and transfer permits when necessary (including those involved in bankruptcies or foreclosures). We investigate and, when necessary, help guide clients through the laws governing the ability to sell alcoholic beverages in certain areas or locations (local option law).

Merchandising: We counsel clients on maintaining standards and meeting regulations when merchandising beer, wine, liquor and mixed beverages.

Regulation & Compliance: Our extensive experience allows us to effectively counsel clients on compliance, negotiate tax issues with the state and help resolve permit violations and objections before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission and Division of Liquor Control.

Distribution: We can draft and review distribution agreements and guide clients through the complex state and federal alcohol beverage laws.

Business and Real Estate:  We also handle legal aspects of real estate and business. This means if you need help with a business acquisition, leasing a space or building, forming a new company, financing a business or more, our team works together to support your legal needs.

The Kephart Fisher Advantage

Our vast and lengthy experience in the alcoholic beverage and hospitality industry, coupled with our general business and real estate expertise, enables us to provide our clients advice and guidance on all aspects of the hospitality industry, navigate the complexities of Ohio’s state and local alcohol beverage laws and take those steps necessary to achieve and maintain success in the industry.

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Kephart Fisher

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207 N. Fourth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: (614) 469-1882 | Fax: (614) 469-1887
Email: info@kephartfisher.com