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Michael B. Gottlieb

Attorney at Law

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” Orson Welles

Michael Gottlieb is a business attorney specializing in restaurant law and alcohol (beer, wine, and liquor) law in Oregon and Washington. Throughout Mr. Gottlieb’s career, he has been deeply involved in the challenges of the restaurant, liquor, and hospitality industries, from a business and legal perspective. The owners of restaurants, bars, night clubs and catering companies have unique challenges. Many are family owned businesses that have the complexity of a larger enterprise. Many are owned by restaurant-savvy individuals who are not experienced in the legal and regulatory world. And with ever-shrinking margins, many simply cannot afford expensive attorneys to help them.

Mr. Gottlieb has advised restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and catering companies on a wide variety of issues. He offers reasonable rates to these clients to help them succeed.

Affiliations and Education:
Member, Oregon State Bar
Member, Washington State Bar
Member, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
Participant, Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service, Restaurant/OLCC Panel
Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Certificate in Business Law, Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College

Start-up & On-going

  • Entity formation (LLC, Corp) and governance
  • Loan negotiation and contracts
  • Investor/Lender solicitation, negotiations, and contracts
  • Credit card merchant contracts
  • Partnership agreements
  • Vendor contracts
  • Employment contracts, policies and procedures, and employee handbooks
  • Affiliated company agreements (e.g. multiple outlets)
  • Management company agreements
  • Trademarks and servicemarks
  • Estate planning to protect assets from future creditors

Disputes and Litigation

  • Regulatory violations (OLCC liquor license violations, noise ordinance violations, occupancy permit violations, health code violations, BOLI actions)
  • Vendor disputes and settlements
  • Debtor representation (defense for lawsuits from creditors)
  • Defense for personal injury and premises liability claims
  • Partnership disputes
  • Negotiations with payroll/taxing authorities, including the Internal Revenue Service, Oregon Department of Revenue, Oregon Employment Department, Washington Department of Revenue, and Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Restaurants, Bars, and Caterers

  • Leases and tenant improvements
  • Real estate purchase
  • Equipment leases and purchases
  • Liquor licensing, application denials or conditions
  • Health Department licensing
  • Sidewalk café and Street Seat permits
  • Lottery licenses
  • Purchase or sale of a restaurant, bar, night club, or catering company

Current & Former Clientele