Liquor & Lottery Licensing

Whether you are a large chain restaurant or the local neighborhood package store, obtaining or transferring a liquor license in Massachusetts can be a difficult and time-consuming process. The documentation requirements can be significant, and there are many causes for delay at both the state and municipal levels. Even an applicant to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission can experience delays due to location debt, changes in the application process, and credit and background issues.

To get the job done quickly and efficiently, you need a law firm that has significant experience with liquor and lottery licensing in Massachusetts. Our attorneys know the law, but we also possess the practical insight into the process gained through hundreds of successful applications filed in municipalities across the state. We know the pressure points in the system and can anticipate a source of delay before it interferes with the closing of the deal.

In the past several years we have successfully completed liquor license transactions for several large restaurant chains involving approximately 100 cities and towns across the state, as well as national hotel chains, an international cruise line, one of the country's largest food service providers, and numerous small businesses, and we have provided legal advice and guidance to many local and national corporations.

We are the sole Massachusetts representative for the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants, so whether your business already has a national presence or simply a goal to attain one, or if you just want to succeed locally, we have the experience and referral network to address all of your legal needs. We are also members of MassPack, an association of hundreds of independently-owned retail liquor stores across Massachusetts, and legal counsel to the North East Asian American Retailers Association, representing independent convenience and liquor stores, gas stations, and similar retailers.

Our work in the licensing field includes a significant amount of experience working with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission and hundreds of its agents. Our experience with the Lottery licensing process allows us to move your application through the system in an efficient manner and resolve any issues that may arise. We also offer a reasonable flat fee for certain Lottery applications.

Practice Areas

- Business Law
- Estate Planning
- Estate Administration
- Leases
- Liquor & Lottery Licensing
- Lottery Buyouts
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate