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Flaherty & O’Hara, P.C. is one of the largest liquor licensing practices in the country, maintaining an unmatched understanding of beverage alcohol laws. We represent hundreds of establishments and institutions on liquor licensing and beverage alcohol matters, and we have assisted in some of the largest mergers, public offerings and other multi-unit transactions in the history of the restaurant and hotel industries.

Flaherty & O’Hara Joins Women of the Vine & Spirits as a Corporate Member

Flaherty & O’Hara is proud to announce they have joined Women of the Vine & Spirits as a Bronze Corporate Member. Partners Kaitlynd Kruger and Chris O’Hara and Associate Ellen Freeman have joined as Member Employees. Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in […]

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Flaherty & O’Hara at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators

Flaherty & O’Hara partners R.J. O’Hara and Kaitlynd Kruger, along with associate Ellen Freeman, attended the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. The event was held at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky from June 16th – 19th. R.J. O’Hara was invited to participate in one of the panels, “Facing the Reality of the ‘New […]

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Comment on Tennessee Residency Law for Liquor Stores in Beer Marketer’s Insights

Our partner, R.J. O’Hara, felt compelled to comment during the recent NABCA Legal Symposium, in response to a panel discussion on the pending Supreme Court decision in the Tennessee Retail Association case and, much to his surprise and delight, Eric Sheppard at Beer Marketer’s Insights picked up on it and mentioned R.J.’s comment in his […]

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NABCA 26th Annual Legal Symposium

We are excited that one of our partners, Stan Wolowski, was an invited panelist at the 2019 NABCA Legal Symposium earlier this week at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington / D.C. Stan, a former liquor violation prosecutor, presented a well-received presentation on the manner in which the PLCB and State Police Bureau of Liquor […]

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Direct to Consumer Sales of Wine, Beer, and Distilled Spirits Committee

Flaherty & O’Hara, PC partners R.J. O’Hara and Stan Wolowski are excited to have been invited to participate in the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Committee on a possible model law for the direct shipment of spirits to consumers. A diverse group of Study Committee members representing a wide array of interests in the alcohol industry […]

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Should States be Allowed to Discriminate Against Nonresident Liquor Business Owners?

R.J. O’Hara attended the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral argument in the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Zachary W. Blair, Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission on January 16, 2019, and is pleased to have had to opportunity to write an article on his thoughts on the arguments presented and issued examined by the Court during […]

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Consignment Sales Result in Multiple Permit Suspensions

Well over a year ago the TTB received a two-year, multi-million dollar budget to conduct Tied House / Trade Practice investigations. Last week, after being out of operation for almost two months as a result of the government shutdown, the TTB flexed a little muscle in California, but suspending / penalizing several California wineries and […]

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RJ O’Hara Highlights the Complexities of Liquor Licenses for Hotels

“…since liquor licensing is a subset of administrative law, it is fraught with exceptions. For example, there are states that have a combined quota and direct issue system, depending on the sort of place that the applicant is attempting to license. California and Florida are such states. And in virtually all states, hotels are exempted […]

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Flaherty & O’Hara Featured on Restaurant Life Radio Show

Flaherty & O’Hara was honored to be featured in an interview with Keith Christy on his Philadelphia radio show, Restaurant Life. R.J. O’Hara and Stan Wolowski spoke with Keith about the history of Flaherty & O’Hara, the services that the firm provides, and the uniqueness of both the Firm and Pennsylvania Liquor Laws. Have a […]

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Flaherty & O’Hara Featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Decision to Close on Election Day

Flaherty & O’Hara thinks it is important not only for everyone to vote, but for everyone to have the opportunity, if they choose, to get involved in a campaign. We decided we should close on all election days to give our employees and partners the time to engage in the electoral process. Our decision to […]

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Construction Junction’s Steel City Big Pour

We’re excited to be sponsoring Construction Junction’s Steel City Big Pour on September 15 in Point Breeze. This marks the 12th year for Construction Junction’s annual fundraiser and there’s NOTHING like the Steel City Big Pour! Join us for live music, art, and a wide selection of craft beer, food, coffee, and refreshments. Learn more […]

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Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-Off and Festival

We’re sponsoring the Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-Off and Festival on July 22 outside of Ace Hotel Pittsburgh in East Liberty. We couldn’t be more excited to watch 36(!) of our favorite chefs and restaurant throw down in this event, presented by Table Magazine. Tickets are going fast! Learn more and join us: http://www.tablemagazine.com/table_live_posts/western-pa-lamb-cook-off-2018/

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