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Alcohol Beverage Law

Alcohol Beverage Law / Liquor Law Counseling


The Alcohol Beverage Industry Group of Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. provides alcohol beverage law/ liquor law counseling, including liquor licensing, transactional, litigation and related services to a wide variety of national, regional and local clients involved in the manufacture, distribution and retail sale of alcohol beverages. The firm has experience representing clients in all segments and at all levels of the three-tier system.


The firm’s commitment to this area of the law is demonstrated by the fact that Charles Smarr, the head of the Alcohol Beverage Industry Group, is the former State Supervisor of the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, is a past president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice.

With more than 20 years of experience in the alcohol beverage industry, Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. lawyers know the technical and practical implications of state and federal liquor laws and keep abreast of changes and trends in alcohol laws nationwide in order to provide high-quality legal services tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. Attorneys maintain close contact with the state liquor administrators in the license states represented by the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) and the control states represented by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA). The firm is an associate member of both NCSLA and NABCA and attends the regional and national meetings of both organizations.


The Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. firm plays an important role in defining the liquor laws in Missouri by arguing many cases involving the industry, drafting legislation, and engineering business solutions to some of the obstacles presented by governmental regulation of the alcohol beverage industry.

The firm’s lawyers provide services to a broad range of clients, including manufacturers, wholesalers, restaurants, hotels, resorts, by-drink establishments, franchisers and franchisees, stadiums and arenas, theaters, colleges and universities. In addition to working directly with our clients, the firm’s attorneys assist and counsel other law firms and legislators who deal with matters related to the regulation of alcohol beverage.

Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C.’s Alcohol Beverage practice attorneys have developed positive relationships with officials in local and state offices of Alcohol Beverage Control agencies and maintain strong working relationships with federal government regulators. At the local level, these lawyers work to identify and resolve legal and regulatory issues. They understand issues of concern to the liquor industry and have developed extensive knowledge by working with a wide range of licensed alcohol beverage manufacturers, wholesale distributors and retail clients.

The firm’s Alcohol Beverage Industry Group attorneys work to ensure that clients comply with the local, state and federal laws and rules governing the industry.

The firm’s industry experience extends to:

  • Local, state and federal liquor licensing and permitting
  • Compliance issues
  • Regulatory investigations
  • Administrative or enforcement actions
  • Representation before regulatory agencies
  • Obtaining all other business licenses and permits at the local and national level
  • Federal and state excise taxes and special occupation taxes and licenses

Alcohol Attorneys in Jefferson City, MO

Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. clients are diverse and include an extensive roster of local and national restaurants, hotel chains, and other license holders. The group assists sole proprietors, limited liability companies, and corporate entities with the preparation and filing of federal and state liquor license applications. The group also counsels numerous alcohol beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers.

Please contact Charles E. Smarr for further information.

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