Your innovative business deserves innovative counsel.

Reiser Legal PLLC is a business law practice focusing on alcoholic beverage business law and trademark protection representing craft brewers, cider and mead producers, bars, restaurants, beverage consultants, and alcoholic beverage outlets.

Reiser Legal gives you a better lawyer relationship with more efficient results. Our years of beverage-specific experience, maximized efficiency, and streamlined overhead mean you can expect less hoop-jumping and lower fees for you as a client.

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    What We Do


    Learn about your legal dilemma by reading our extensive legal blog on alcoholic beverage law. Sometimes you need a lawyer and sometimes you don't. Our information resources can help you get started.

    Pick Your Fee

    We work for you—and that means on your budget. Create a budget and we will work within it. You may continue on a flat fee, an hourly fee, or hourly with an agreed upon rate cap. Whatever works for you—works for us.


    You're a valuable part of your finished product. Our office uses efficient, easily accessible technology to communicate with you 24/7, allowing you to share your ideas and keep a second eye on our progress, if you want it.


    Business Structuring & Operation

    You are building innovative, greener, more efficient alcoholic beverage businesses. We respect your contribution by providing the same style of legal services. Remote access, electronic collaboration, and purely electronic communication (no paper!) will help you communicate your business needs from conception to operation. Let us help you build and operate your business, intelligently.

    Get Started

    Form your company, find funds and investors, and be compliant

    Get Producing On Time

    Equipment Purchases, Commercial Lease Review, Alternating Proprietorships, Contract Production Agreements

    Build or Cash Out

    Mergers, Share Purchases, Interest Redemptions, Asset and Business Sales and Acquisitions

    Operate Effectively

    Subscription Agreements, Operating Agreements, Bylaws, Non-Competition and Employee Agreements and Manuals, Safety Manuals and Workers Compensation/Unemployment Guidance

    Resolve Your Dispute

    Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation-prevention for beverage businesses

    Alcoholic Beverage Regulation & Licensing

    Today's industry keeps growing, so grow with it. Breweries, wineries, distillers and beverage outlets are faced with countless difficult regulatory obligations—let us help tackle those encumbrances. Reiser Legal PLLC understands the federal, state and local regulations that impact your business. Let us help you get licensed and producing faster.

    License Your Business

    Get TTB, state and local licensing and obtain beverage permits

    Be Compliant

    Manage ongoing tax, reporting, and filing obligations

    Package Your Product

    Labeling guidelines, health warnings, formula/ingredient and COLA submissions

    Manage Expansion

    Get insight on your Distribution Agreements

    Trademarks & Comprehensive Brand Protection

    Smart beverage producers know that their biggest asset is their brand. Reiser Legal PLLC encourages beverage companies to protect their brands early and often, from logos and insignia to labels and taglines. With smart, proactive trademark strategies and full-service USPTO representation, Reiser Legal PLLC is here to protect and defend all of your valuable intellectual property material. Let us help ensure your brand is safe.

    Protect Your Name

    Investigation and thorough flat-fee reports on names, with cost-effective filing of federal and state trademarks

    Manage Your Brands

    Build your brands with proper labeling, merchandising and event guidance

    Enforce Your Rights

    Intelligent trademark monitoring services and enforcement that understands the beverage community

    Defend Your Brand

    Federal and state Lanham Act and litigation counseling and guidance

    Your Counsel

    Douglas S. Reiser, Attorney & LEED AP

    Doug is a business attorney and LEED Accredited Professional focusing on alcoholic beverage law and green building and business operation. He has experience in the legal arenas of New York, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Seattle, providing services to both private firms and government entities. He is a former member of Wolfe Law Group, LLC, and in 2010, opened Reiser Legal PLLC to focus on the everyday needs of alcoholic beverage companies.

    His practice aims to serve the modern and future needs of alcoholic beverage manufacturers and outlets who seek secure regulation compliance, clever risk management, intelligent structuring and fundraising strategies and assistance with green construction and business operation. A modern understanding of technology allows him to closely collaborate with clients who want to be a part of their finished legal product.

    Our principal is licensed in the states of Louisiana and Washington. He is an active member of the Washington Bar Association, formerly serving as a Chairman of the WSBA Young Lawyers Division's NLE Focus Group and as a member of WSBA's Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is also an active member of the Asheville Brewers Alliance, as a brewery owner.

    Doug is also a frequent speaker on the topics of beverage law, green building and law practice management and technology. He authors the syndicated blog, The Brewery Law Blog. Doug has authored chapters about green building in the 2012 book, Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors Vol. 28, as well as the 2011 book New Developments in Green Construction Law, each published by Thomson Reuters.

    A business owner himself, Doug and his wife are the principal owners of Burial Beer Co in Asheville, NC, where Doug brews experimental batches in his free time. He also currently owns and serves as general counsel for ClaimKit LLC, a construction document management service for the surety, insurance and legal industries.


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