Patrick M. McHugh was an attorney for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in Harrisburg between 1977 and 1984, serving the last two years as Deputy Chief Counsel. Since 1985, he has conducted a private practice focused on alcoholic beverage law. He has represented industry members of all types and sizes statewide before the Liquor Control Board and in the courts.
The Pat McHugh Advantage
For New Businesses - I can help you form and start a new business, soup to nuts, creating corporations and LLCs and all other formation documents. I can help you determine what license is most appropriate for your business, and find one for you.
For Existing Licensees - I can help you defend the license from liquor citations, non-renewals, refusals of the Liquor Control Board to renew your license, as well as a variety of court proceedings in which a liquor licensee can find himself.
For Attorneys -- I can be your co-counsel on larger transactions involving liquor license approval contingency.
For Lenders, Secured Creditors, and Judgment Creditors - Before you take collateral in a liquor license, you need to understand the differences between a securing interest in a liquor license and other personal property. I can create the first set of documents which give you all the rights necessary as well as the oversight of the license which you will find most useful. -- I can help you turn the judgment against a liquor license into money, taking you through the various steps including the recognition by the Liquor Control Board of your interest in the license, scheduling sheriff sales, dealing with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the Pennsylvania Labor and Industry on tax related issues, as well as the Liquor Control Board itself in having them recognize your rights in the interest in the license, so that you can sell the liquor license to a third party, . . ., and get paid.