Licensed Beverage Industry Team

The craft beer and wine industries in Michigan have grown rapidly over the past decade and show no signs of slowing down. In the early 1990’s, Michigan was home to only three brewpubs, microbreweries, and breweries. There are now over 130 throughout the state. Smith Haughey’s Licensed Beverage Industry Team of attorneys is dedicated to fostering the continued growth and prosperity of the craft beer, distillery and wine industries. 

Smith Haughey is uniquely situated to serve clients in and around the focal points of this growth. We are centrally located in Grand Rapids, named “Beer City USA” and the home of much of the craft beer growth in Michigan. We are further able to assist clients in all types of legal matters on the east side of the state through our Ann Arbor office, and in southwest Michigan and along the lakeshore through our Holland and Muskegon offices. 

From start-up brewpubs to large craft beer and wine operations, we are well equipped to assist in every level of the licensed beverage business. 

  • Licensing
  • Entity formation
  • Financing
  • Acquistion or leasing
  • Labor and employment
  • Tort defense
  • Commercial litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Worker's compensation
  • Government relations
  • E-commerce
  • Tax law
  • Estate and succession planning
  • Insurance coverage

In addition to the resources of the Licensed Beverage Industry Team, Smith Haughey’s Agribusiness team is a resource readily available to clients. This team has a long history of representing individuals and businesses engaged in all manners of agricultural operations in Michigan, and is available to assist in matters related to the agriculture that supports the craft beer and wine industries in Michigan.  

Our team is truly dedicated to furthering the interests of these industries, with a number of homebrewers and avid craft beer fans among our ranks. We strive to be an accessible, efficient, economical legal resource for the craft beer and wine communities. 


Name Title Office Phone VCard Email
Charles F. Behler Of Counsel Grand Rapids 616.458.6245
Scott M. Brookens Attorney Holland 616.499.6356
Sheila E. Eddy Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.4256
Kristen E. Guinn Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9481
Nicholas A. Reister Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.8286
Jason R. Sebolt Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.3628
Michael D. Wiese Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9466
Agribusiness Industry Team

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