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DP&F Announces Launch of Alcohol Beverage Compliance Group

Posted on February 22, 2021
Bahaneh Hobel, photo by Gary Wagner 

Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty (DP&F) announces the addition of a dedicated alcohol beverage compliance group to its existing Alcohol Beverage Law practice, offering full service alcohol beverage law and compliance services to its clients. The new Alcohol Beverage Law & Compliance Group provides complete alcohol beverage law and compliance services, including federal and state licensing and renewals, direct to consumer and out of state supplier licensing and renewals, ongoing reporting and tax payment services and COLA review and registrations.

“This is an exciting development for the firm and one that has been a long time coming,” said Bahaneh Hobel, head of the Alcohol Beverage Law & Compliance Group. “It’s been our goal to expand the compliance services we offer to our clients, so that we can operate as a one-stop-shop for all of their alcohol beverage law and regulatory needs. Combining the expertise of our alcohol beverage attorneys with a dedicated team of experienced compliance paralegals allows us to provide best-in-class compliance services to our clients.”

The new Alcohol Beverage Law & Compliance Group includes an expanded team of compliance attorneys and paralegals dedicated to regulatory law and compliance. 

Michael Mercurio joins DP&F as a law clerk with a focus on alcohol beverage and business law. Already licensed as an attorney in the states of Kentucky and Ohio, Michael will be sitting for the California Bar in February of 2021. He previously practiced at one of Kentucky’s leading bourbon law firms and earned a J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Vicki Milone brings extensive and broad experience in alcohol compliance work to DP&F. Vicki’s in-depth knowledge of alcohol beverage compliance comes from working as an in-house compliance professional at several Napa and Sonoma wineries, as well as work in the restaurant and distilled spirits industries.  As an Alcohol Beverage Compliance Paralegal, Vicki assists clients with all of their licensing and compliance needs.

Prior to joining DP&F, Jordan Donaldson worked for almost a decade in wine compliance at a Napa-based wine producer. As an Alcohol Beverage Compliance Paralegal at DP&F, Jordan provides clients with comprehensive experience based on her first-hand, insider knowledge of how the industry works.

Since 1964, DP&F has had a long history serving members of the alcoholic beverage industry, assisting domestic and foreign wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesales, restaurants, hotels and other businesses navigate and comply with the laws and regulations of the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and other administrative agencies throughout the United States.

Rooted in the wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, DP&F offers full-service legal representation to clients throughout California, the United States and abroad, and has extensive experience in wine law and the wine industry. The Firm’s major practice areas include alcohol beverage law and compliance, business and corporate dealings, land use matters, labor and employment, civil litigation, intellectual property, geographical indications, real property transactions, and water law, in addition to wine law.

For more information, please visit our website at https://www.dpf-law.com/practices/alcohol-beverage/ or contact Bahaneh Hobel at bhobel@dpf-law.com.


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