Lawyers in our District of Columbia office regularly advise businesses on agency and regulatory issues, including matters before the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), and Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA).

In particular, our lawyers have extensive experience in the hospitality industry: Partner Tim Clinton co-owned five critically acclaimed Manhattan restaurants, and of counsel David Chung has owned and operated five ABRA-licensed venues over the past 17 years. As a result, we are adept at advising and representing restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other small-businesses facing legal challenges.

Among cases handled by our lawyers:

  • Represented businesses in 72-hour emergency closure cases against the D.C. government.
  • Ongoing advice to local music venue, including on ABRA compliance.
  • Defended Michelin-starred restaurant against claims of wage and hour violations.
  • Successfully defended nightclubs in connection with show cause hearings relating to security incidents on premises.
  • Successfully represented D.C. government official in ethics investigation before BEGA.
  • Successfully represented businesses in disputes with Advisory Neighborhood Coalitions.
  • Helped clients obtain, acquire, and transfer liquor licenses.
  • Represent individual in appeal before Office of Administrative Hearings against Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs and real-estate developer.