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Litigation & Administrative Litigation
Including Protests & Accusations

Gillian specializes in administrative hearings and administrative appeals of license protests, accusations and trade practice claims brought by the TTB, the California ABC and related agencies. Gillian also advises and represents clients in civil matters, including traditional business disputes, mediation and arbitration.


Gillian has successfully represented many types of licensees, including hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters and entertainment venues, grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations, wholesalers and producers.  


Trade Practices & Regulatory Compliance

Gillian advises clients about regulatory issues arising from different states’ alcohol laws, federal and state trade practice compliance and advice, tied house issues, prohibited practices, and shipping alcohol out-of-state.  


Internal Investigations

Gillian has extensive experience in performing internal investigations on a wide range of alcohol and other issues for clients of all sizes, including national and international clients.




Gillian regularly provides trainings and compliance manuals and advice for alcohol businesses in all three tiers – supplier, importer, wholesaler and retailer.

Marketing, Promotions & Events

Gillian advises alcohol industry clients on traditional and social media marketing programs, including advertising, websites, coupons, contests, displays, trade development, sponsorships, tastings, events (including charity events) and clubs. 


Distribution Relationships &
Commercial Transactions

Gillian advises clients about securing optimal distribution representation throughout the United States, including drafting and negotiating of distribution agreements, and managing and terminating existing distribution relationships. She educates and advises clients about business protocols, performance reviews, distribution termination strategies, and settlement agreements.

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