Mr. Harper’s practice focuses primarily on regulatory compliance and litigation in the beverage-alcohol industry. Specifically, he focuses on assisting supply-tier companies, e.g., breweries, distilleries, wineries, etc., companies on the wholesale tier, and retail-tier companies, e.g., restaurants, hotels, package stores,etc.,in administrative, regulatory, and litigation matters at the federal, state, and local levels. He also assists clients in all phases of operations, including start-up, structuring, and governance.
The beverage alcohol industry is highly regulated and governed by a complex web of laws from multiple, intersecting jurisdictions. In his regulatory compliance practice, he helps individuals and companies navigate this gauntlet with care, foresight, and precision to protect them from mishaps and position them for success. On the litigation side, he uses his industry expertise to achieve the best possible solution for his clients, whether through trial or negotiated resolution. He has been neck-deep in the beverage-alcohol industry for the past several years, and his firm has been a leader in this practice area for nearly 40 years. He is regularly asked by government officials, legislators, and trade organizations to explain the ins and outs of the industry. He has presented at multiple conferences and CLEs, such as the Annual Conference of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and the Annual Southeastern Craft BrewersSymposium.