• Old_Jameson_Distillery_Still_Room

Michael B. Gottlieb

Attorney at Law

“When I sell liquor, it’s bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it’s hospitality.” Al Capone

Michael Gottlieb is a business attorney specializing in hospitality 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, alcohol, and hospitality industries, from a business and legal perspective. The owners of distilleries have unique challenges. Many are small start-up businesses that have the complexity of a larger enterprise. Many are owned by liquor enthusiasts who are not experienced in the legal and regulatory world. And with the expense of starting a distillery, many simply cannot afford expensive attorneys to help them.

Mr. Gottlieb has advised distilleries, wineries, breweries, 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

Business and Corporate

  • 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
  • Purchase or sale of a distillery, brewery, or winery
  • 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

Alcohol and Distillery

  • Federal (TTB) and State Liquor/Distillery Licensing
  • FDA Facility Registration
  • TTB COLA Label Submittals and Approvals
  • Health Department licensing
  • Liquor Distribution Agreements

Current & Former Clientele


Wineries, Cideries, and Distributors

Distilleries, Liquor Outlets, and Beverage Manufacturers

Hotels, Resorts, and other Hospitality

Night Clubs

Caterers, Event Venues, Sponsors, and Providers

Hospitality Groups

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

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

Call us for a telephone consultation at (503) 546-0498
  • Portland-Oregon-bw-1280