Liquor Liability and TABC
Lorance & Thompson’s Hospitality Law Practice Group provides aggressive defense and representation to bar and restaurant owners, as well as other licensed providers of alcoholic beverages, who are facing dram shop lawsuits or administrative actions brought by the TABC.
David Escobar and Melanie Cheairs both have extensive experience in developing successful litigation strategies that maximize the protections of Texas’ very unique “Dram Shop” and “Safe Harbor” laws. David’s experiences prosecuting DWI and Intoxication Manslaughter cases as an Assistant District Attorney provides the background, training and expertise to be able to battle toe-to-toe with any of the alcohol or toxicology experts that will be hired by Plaintiffs lawyers. In addition to David’s experience, Melanie’s leadership and connections in the Hospitality Industry allows us to prepare the defense of these cases quickly, at a reasonable cost, and sometimes without the need for costly expert witnesses.
In addition to defending lawsuits, L&T’s Hospitality Law Practice Group also has experience representing clients in the hospitality industry in the often complicated process of applying and obtaining a license or permit to sell or provide alcohol in the State of Texas. These license or permits include:
- Beverage Cartage Permit (PB)
- Caterer’s Permit (GB)
- Daily Temporary Mixed Beverage Permit (TB)
- Food and Beverage Certificate (PB)
- Local Cartage Permit (E or ET if permit holder is a transfer company)
- Local Distributor’s Permit (12)
- Mixed Beverage Permit (MB)
- Mixed Beverage Late Hours Permit (LB)
- Package Store Permit (P)
- Package Store Tasting Permit (PS)
- Package Store Permit — wine only (Q)
- Retail Dealer’s Oft-premise License (819)
- Retail Dealer’s On-premise License (BE)
- Retail Dealer’s On-premise Late Hours License (BL)
- Temporary License (BH or HP)
- Temporary Special Three-day Wine and Beer Permit (SB)
- Temporary Charitable Auction Permit (CA)
- Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit (BG)
- Wine and Beer Retailer’s Off-premise Permit (BQ)
Both David and Melanie have experience defending holders of TABC licenses and permits who are accused of violating the TABC code in administrative hearings, protest hearings and appeals.
Finally, intoxication and impairment, whether it’s from drugs or alcohol, is often a very serious issue regardless of the type of claim that is asserted. David and Melanie both have the experience and resources to use or defuse the intoxication issue as effectively as possible. Please take a look at Lorance & Thompson’s Hospitality Law Practice Group’s Hospitality and Alcohol Links and Resources.
For more Information about Lorance & Thompson’s Liquor Liability and TABC practice, please contact us at (713) 868-5560 and ask for Melanie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David (email@example.com).