Alcoholic Beverage Control Law

With offices in California's State Capital, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Monica, and San Diego, the attorneys of Simas & Associates, Ltd., represent businesses throughout the state that are regulated by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF"), as well as local ordinance and municipal regulation. Clients include:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Hotels
  • Convenience market and stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Lounges
  • Night clubs.

Furthermore, Simas & Associates, Ltd., represents those involved in the distribution of liquor within the state of California.

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If you need legal help facing the ABC or the ATF, contact us today for a free, initial consultation.

The Need for Alcoholic Beverage Control Counsel

Nearly every aspect of a business that serves alcohol is regulated by ABC, ranging from application for and transfer of liquor licenses, to sting operations and other undercover enforcement operations by ATF, ABC, and local police. Even when a licensee is minding its own business, its application or any change to its operating conditions may be protested by neighbors or members of the community regarding issues such as:

  • Crime
  • Overconcentration of licenses
  • Proximity to churches, schools and playgrounds
  • Other community issues.

Our clients are not only subject to license approval from ABC: they also must obtain local government, and in some cases federal government, approval.

Recognized Leaders in Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Law

Simas & Associates, Ltd., has represented those licensed by ABC throughout the State of California in all types of these Administrative Law proceedings. With an emphasis on keeping our clients in business and attempting to resolve cases without the need for Civil Litigation, our attorneys are experts not only in administrative and licensing law, but also in the rules and administrative procedures of ABC, including how to challenge decisions of the ABC.

Since 2012, Simas & Associates, Ltd., has been recognized as a trusted and experienced representative by the National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA).


Please contact us for your free and confidential initial consultation to protect your rights, your license, and your profession—not to mention helping it grow. Simas & Associates, Ltd., is a knowledgeable and affordable option. Contact us today to get started.