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Michael B. Gottlieb

Attorney at Law

“I shall drink no wine before it’s time! OK, it’s time.”Groucho Marx

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 wineries, custom crush facilities, wine bars, and wine shops 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, wine bars, wineries, wine importers, wine exports, and wine distributors 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
  • Leases and tenant improvements
  • Real estate purchase
  • Equipment leases and purchases
  • 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
  • Business licensing
  • Sidewalk café and Street Seat permits
  • Lottery licenses
  • 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

Wine and Alcohol

  • Land leases and purchase
  • Equipment leases and purchases
  • State liquor licensing, application denials or conditions
  • TTB Winery and Wine Distributor Permits/Notices
  • TTB COLA Label Approval
  • FDA Food Facility Registration
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Health Department licensing
  • Trademarks and servicemarks
  • Purchase or sale of a wine related business

Current & Former Clientele



Michael B Gottlieb, PC
PO Box 209
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

T (503) 546-0498    |    F (503) 546-0499

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