The beverage industry is thriving in the Pacific Northwest.   Cosgrave’s beverage law group brings energy, creativity, and passion to providing individual solutions to our clients.  From craft breweries, distilleries, cideries, winemakers, and other businesses that serve the industry, Cosgrave’s beverage law attorneys are able to help businesses with an array of legal needs.

Russ Rotondi, Chair of the beverage law group, helped develop this niche practice to serve an industry that he is passionate about.  He regularly attends industry events and networks with other business leaders in the Pacific Northwest who serve the craft beer, wine and spirits industries.  In 2012, Cosgrave launched a beer blog to keep our clients and enthusiasts informed about what’s brewing in the law.

Our beverage law group can assist with a wide variety of legal matters, including:

Business Advice and Transactions

  • Contract drafting and review
  • Contract production and alternating proprietorship
  • Distribution
  • Entity formation, maintenance, and succession planning
  • Insurance and liability protection
  • Purchase and sale of business interests and assets
  • Real estate
  • Reputation protection (including social media issues)
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Taxation
  • Trademark counseling and filings

Employment Compliance and Litigation

  • Defending claims of unlawful discrimination, retaliation, or termination
  • Disability laws (ADA/OADA)
  • Employment agreements, policies, procedures and handbooks
  • Family and medical leave laws (FMLA/OFLA)
  • Internal investigations
  • Non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements
  • Wage and hour laws

Regulatory Compliance and Dispute Resolution

  • General litigation, arbitration and mediation
  • Collections
  • Contract disputes
  • Liquor liability
  • OLCC and TTB compliance


  • ALFA International Hospitality Practice Group
  • Brewers Association
  • Craft Beverage Industry Group
  • Oregon Brewers Guild
  • Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association