In an era where eating out is entertainment and diners tweet photos of entrees, Southern California restaurants are about more than food. The Los Angeles area is home to iconic fast food innovators, family-run restaurants of every ethnic stripe, and competition-winning restaurateurs who become household names.

A successful dining establishment is also a business enterprise associated with high risks, hard-earned rewards, and the need to comply with numerous federal and state regulations.

Greenberg Glusker attorneys actively represent businesses at all levels of the food and beverage supply chain. Our Restaurant, Food & Beverage Law Group advises and counsels restaurants of all sizes and palates, as well as food distributors, processors, and other companies.

From Soup to Nuts, Comprehensive Restaurant, Food & Beverage Counsel

New and established restaurants and food and beverage companies enjoy access to Greenberg Glusker’s full-service legal counsel, which includes operations, growth, and business issues that its food and beverage clients encounter. Our experience includes serving as local counsel to nationally known eateries with California workforces, advising the celebrity owners of intimate, fine dining venues; and, protecting manufacturers against claims of false advertising. We understand the financial constraints of new companies, and we seek to manage cases efficiently and add value to our counsel. Our transactional and litigation services focused on the food and beverage industry include:

Real Estate

  • Acquisitions
  • Lease agreements/landlord-tenant issues
  • Land use and zoning
  • Dispute resolution


  • Tip pooling, Wage and hour
  • Meal and rest breaks
  • Meals as compensation
  • EDD raids, Child labor laws
  • Workers compensation
  • ADA, EEOC claims

Franchise Law

  • Franchisee and franchisor counsel

Intellectual Property

  • Licensing agreements
  • Trademark applications and enforcement
  • Sweepstakes and contests

Corporate, Operational, Tax, Finance

  • Corporate formation
  • Commercial contracts
  • Asset purchase agreements
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Investor representations
  • Local Government Contracting
  • Alcohol permits
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Seed supply agreements
  • Turnarounds, workouts, restructuring & distressed M&A

General Liability and Litigation

  • Patron behavior
  • False advertising

Representative Clients