Whether you operate a small business with only one employee or you employ hundreds of people, one thing is clear: when legal issues arise the most important decision you will face is where to turn for counsel and legal advice. At Rudner & Paleudis, LLC we pride ourselves on the breadth and expanse of our attorneys’ knowledge and understanding of the business world. With years of experience in the hospitality industry, our attorneys come equipped with the practical real world experience that allows them to provide crisp, clear, and fairly priced advice to their clients.
Our attorneys regularly appear before the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA), as well as local, state, and federal agencies such as the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and the United States Copyright Office. When appearing before these agencies our attorneys use their legal and real world training to advocate for, and obtain the best possible result for, our clients.LIQUOR LICENSING
At Rudner & Paleudis, LLC, we represent bar owners, restaurateurs, hoteliers, liquor stores, liquor importers, microbrewers, wineries, and other corporate entities. Having spent years representing licensees, our attorneys are aware that businesses rely upon their ability to serve alcohol and that every day that passes without a liquor license means substantial lost revenue. We appreciate the time sensitive nature of all matters pending before the New York State Liquor Authority, and other licensing agencies, and we work expeditiously to facilitate the processing of our clients’ applications. In addition to assisting clients with their applications to the New York State Liquor Authority, our attorneys handle renewal applications, alteration applications, applications for approval of corporate change, special event permit applications, 500-foot rule hearings, SLA violations and all other matters before the New York State Liquor Authority.
Additionally, the attorneys at Rudner & Paleudis, LLC represent companies that import, manufacture, and distribute alcoholic beverages. Our attorneys prepare and submit applications for permits, and notices, to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and work to secure appropriate state licenses and permits for our clients. We also provide assistance with pre-import letters, COLA registrations, formula approval, and state level brand registrations. When necessary, our attorneys prepare and submit requests for advisory opinions and requests for declaratory rulings on wholesale issues to state alcoholic beverage licensing agencies.
Our attorneys assist individuals, corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities whenever legal needs arise. Our client’s range in size from single member LLCs to large multi-tiered holding corporations. At Rudner & Paleudis, LLC we regularly assist with the formation of business entities and the preparation of operating agreements, shareholders’ agreements, leases and other agreements that are vital to the successful start-up of any business. Our attorneys also represent existing companies in need of purchase and sale agreements, buy-sell agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and other contracts that serve to protect our client’s interests in the event of inevitable business complications. We represent individuals and entities buying and selling real commercial property. The firm represents not-for-profit corporations formed under the New York State Not-For-Profit Law. In this capacity our firm works with clients, and the Attorney Generals Office, to form and dissolve these charitable entities.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Trademarks and copyrights are essential vehicles for protecting your Intellectual Property. While a trademark protects your brand, a copyright protects your content. There is a surprising amount of power encapsulated in the little ™ and © symbols, and they are worth pursuing if you have a brand or content that you want to protect. Our firm represents businesses, including breweries, bars, restaurants, and other hospitality and entertainment industry entities, who seek registration and protection of their intellectual property rights through trademarks and copyrights. Additionally, we diligently pursue all legal remedies against infringement and unauthorized uses of our clients’ intellectual property.LITIGATION
An unfortunate by-product of operating a successful business, especially in the hospitality industry, is that the successful business owner will likely become involved in litigation. Whether your business is being sued, or considering whether to commence litigation, the attorneys at our firm have the knowledge and experience to assist you and will zealously represent your interests. Our attorneys appear in state and federal courts on a variety of litigated matters involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, labor and employment disputes arising under the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Title VII of the United Stated Code, consumer fraud, and environmental protection. These matters, which involve both individual and class actions, frequently involve complex factual and legal issues that will ultimately have a significant impact on our clients’ most important consideration - their bottom line.