The Law Office of Robert J. McGovern  represents existing and emerging entrepreneurs in business development and planning, commercial transactions and government relations. We specialize in alcoholic beverage and hospitality industry by assisting clients in the preparation and implementation of licensing, permitting, zoning and land use strategies. We work closely with clients to prepare applications, conduct outreach and appear before governing bodies to take you step by step to acquire all the necessary licenses and permits to open and operate your business.



Running a business is demanding. Let us alleviate some of the pressure when starting one or confronting issues with your existing business. We will guide you through the initial stages and assist in contract drafting, negotiation and review, among other matters:

  • Business Formation
  • Financing
  • Lease Agreements
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Employment Agreements




Whether you are opening a brewery, restaurant, package store, food truck, or any kind of retail store, our office will provide you with the resources and guidance to open and operate your business. The alcoholic beverage industry is heavily regulated and contains many nuances and pitfalls that even the most diligent business owner may have trouble navigating. We will guide you through the Federal, State, and local licensing processes from start to finish to ensure you obtain the necessary licenses and permits. 



The ability to navigate the appropriate governmental agencies and establish a good rapport with the surrounding community is essential to the licensing process. Our office has extensive experience representing clients before administrative boards and community organizations. We will tailor a plan specifically designed to promote your business to ensure its success through the permitting process. 

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The location of your business is one of the most important initial decisions a company must make. A number of factors can influence this determination, but an overlooked aspect is proper zoning. Depending on the town or city, the zoning process can take a significant amount of time. Our office will guide you through the zoning process to successfully obtain the proper permits in an efficient manner.