Liquor & Tobacco Licensing

The attorneys at Messner Reeves spearhead and manage all liquor licensing needs using a comprehensive approach that extends beyond acquisition and renewal.

Liquor & Tobacco Licensing

At Messner Reeves, we pride ourselves on seamlessly orchestrating a process from original concept to opening day and beyond for our clients. Our liquor licensing attorneys are experts in their field and have a broad range of knowledge and experience in a wide variety of local, state and federal licensing matters, including restaurant portfolios, breweries, distilleries, tasting rooms, liquor stores, hotels and casinos, taverns, manufacturer relationships, distributors and importers.

This team of specialists has specific liquor licensing capabilities with local and state licensing authorities along with the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). This team is also equipped to handle employment, intellectual property and general counsel work as the client relationship requires and needs, in addition to all the services within the licensing process. From applications to permits to negotiations, our team empowers clients by ensuring they’re receiving the best service possible while maintaining complete professionalism, securing them with a wealth of knowledge and making sure their needs are met throughout it all.

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Messner Reeves Liquor & Tobacco Licensing Services


  • New Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesaling/Importing Licensing
  • Tobacco Permitting
  • Alcohol Beverage Festival Permits

Common Consumption & Dining

  • Facilitation and processing of Common Consumption Area application
  • Common Dining Area Permit Support


  • Renewals
  • Modifications
  • Show Cause Hearings

Cabaret Licenses

  • Standard
  • Dance
  • Acoustic

Corporate & Real Estate Agreements

  • Corporation Formation
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Litigation

Violations & Suspensions

  • Experience in handling all types of liquor license violation issues and suspension scenarios


Partner Maclain Joyce Featured in DiningOut Magazine

Have you been considering transferring a liquor license? Lucky for you Partner Maclain Joyce has you covered. From the application process to changes in structure, Joyce discusses navigating the sticky web of liquor licensing in his latest article with DiningOut. Click here to read the full article.

Common Consumption: Everything You Need to Know

By: Michelle Harden, Austin J. Gemmell & Daniel J. DeLay Get ready Denver, soon guests will be able to drink alcohol in designated outdoor areas thanks to the Mile High City’s recent approval of Common Consumption Areas (CCA). These new licenses will allow local eateries and retailers to unite to create a new dining and […]

Colorado Liquor Licensing Update: July 2021: Take Out, Delivery & Common Consumption Areas

Coloradans have gotten used to alcohol delivery and takeout during the pandemic. Thanks to recent Colorado legislation, guests will continue to be able to do so. Attorneys Michelle Harden and Austin Gemmell cover the new law and what it entails in our Colorado Liquor Licensing Update below. The recent legislation creates new opportunities for liquor […]

Messner Reeves Attorneys Named to the 2021 Colorado Super Lawyers List   

Messner Reeves Attorneys Named to the 2021 Colorado Super Lawyers List    Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce that 13 of our Colorado attorneys were included in the 2021 edition of Colorado Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas throughout the United States who have […]

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Austin J. Gemmell


Phone: 303.454.2151

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Maclain Joyce


Phone: 303.605.1561

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Matthew R. Sullivan

Greenwood Village

Phone: 303.405.4196

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Messner Reeves LLP
1550 Wewatta St. Suite 710
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 623-1800.