Charlotte Law Firm Horack Talley Opens Beer, Wine & Spirits Practice Group

New Practice Reflects Charlotte and North Carolina's Growth in Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

Apr 10, 2014, 14:00 ET from Horack Talley

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It started, as many creative ideas do, over a beer. But in this case, starting over a beer was especially appropriate.

Attorneys Phillip Lewis and Michael Tarwater, Jr. were drinking a couple of breakfast stouts when they pondered whether Charlotte was ready for two lawyers who specialize in beer, wine and spirits law.

It wasn't just that the pair is "chronically interested in alcoholic beverages," Lewis jokes. The two attorneys have long been craft-beer afficionados. They know the locally produced products, the market, and all the laws likely to affect the rising number of breweries in Charlotte, wineries in North Carolina, and distilleries across the Carolinas.

As founders of Horack Talley's Beer, Wine & Spirits group, Lewis and Tarwater handle any legal task likely to affect a business producing alcoholic beverages.  Services include incorporation or formation of limited liability companies, permitting, licensing, acquisition or leasing of commercial space, contract review, contract-brewing arrangements, employment matters, and even tort defense if a brewery gets sued.

"We see ourselves as a one-stop shop," says Tarwater. "If someone wants to start a brewery, winery, or distillery, they can call us and we'll do everything for them, from locating the right piece of real estate, to getting all the necessary permits, to writing the employee handbook."

Phillip Lewis is an experienced litigator with a focus on contracts and real estate. Michael Tarwater focuses on commercial real estate and corporate law. Their blog on all things beer in Charlotte is

Horack Talley has offices in uptown Charlotte. Its practice areas include corporate, community associations, family law, litigation, real estate, and personal wealth services.  Learn more at or by calling 704/377-2500.

SOURCE Horack Talley