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Harter Secrest launches new practice group

Amid tremendous growth in the alcoholic beverage industry, Harter Secrest & Emery has created a practice group to assist the industry in all facets of operation.

The group has a focus on the rules and regulations governing licensing, operation, production, sale, advertising and promotion of alcoholic beverages.

In recent years, New York’s alcohol beverage law has undergone changes to allow industry members to operate with greater flexibility to fulfill customer demands.

The depth of experience and industry knowledge of the group is designed to assist clients in maneuvering through the complexities of being a member of the highly regulated alcohol beverage industry.

The group, (, includes attorneys Kimberly I. Shimomura, intellectual property litigator representing members of the alcohol beverage industry; Jon J. Aho, corporate counsel to alcohol beverage licensees; and Katherine A. Markert, former in-house counsel to a national beer manufacturer.

“New York state has made numerous changes in recent years to make it a more business-friendly environment and that’s really contributed to the growth in the alcohol beverage industry,” Markert said. “Our practice group has the industry experience and legal expertise to help new and existing businesses navigate the maze of federal and state laws and regulations.”