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The Law Offices Edward A. Taraskus, P.C.

Liquor Licensing & Beverage Law

Philadelphia Liquor Lawyer

The Law Offices of Edward A. Taraskus, P.C. have been representing liquor licensees and hospitality industry members in Pennsylvania since 1978 and, on behalf of their clients, have appeared before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Pennsylvania Office of Administrative Law Judge, the various courts of Common Pleas, and appellate courts in Philadelphia, and throughout Pennsylvania.

Specializing in liquor licensing representation, we will help you navigate Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board regulations so that you can focus on doing what you do best – running your beverage and hospitality business.

Indoor Dining and Alcohol Sales

The hospitality industry continues to struggle financially during the national COVID-19 health crisis and the government's attempts to control the spread of the deadly virus. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued an updated guidance regarding the Governor’s...

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Citation For Failure To Pay State Taxes.

Licensees are aware that in order to renew, transfer, or obtain a PLCB license both the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry each must issue tax clearances for the licensee. Therefore the licensee has the obligation...

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About Our Firm

Edward A. Taraskus, PC is conveniently located in the heart of Philadelphia, a city with a thriving restaurant, bar, hotel and club scene.

The firm’s legal services cover all aspects of liquor licensing including:

  • Advice and consultation in the buying, selling and transferring of liquor licenses for restaurants, taverns, hotels, distributorships, music and entertainment venues, private clubs, performing art facilities, public venues and other facilities
  • Representation of licenses before the PLCB, the Office of Administrative Law Judge, Courts of Common Pleas and appellate courts in Pennsylvania
  • Agreements of Sale
  • Transfer of liquor licenses
  • Renewal of liquor licenses
  • Liquor Code citations and violations
  • Defense of nuisance bar proceedings
  • Representation for non-renewal actions
  • Special Occasion Permits
  • Off-Premises Catering Permits
  • Interface with PLCB
  • Negotiations with neighborhood and civic associations
  • Purchasing and leasing of real estate
  • Loan transactions
  • Management contracts

About Us

Edward A. Taraskus

Edward_TaraskusWith over 40 years of legal experience in the alcohol industry, Edward A. Taraskus is recognized statewide as an expert in  liquor law.

Ed began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Justice Department representing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and has a longstanding private practice dedicated to the representation of clients with businesses that touch the alcohol industry.

Ed is a frequent lecturer to industry groups and has addressed the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Philadelphia Bar Association and hospitality industry students at Drexel University.  As the author of a legal column in The Observer, a monthly periodical for the Pennsylvania alcoholic beverage industry, Ed remains current in his field and maintains a solid network of legal and regulatory colleagues in the alcoholic beverage  industry.

Pennsylvania Bar, 1978 – Present

American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Administrative Law Section
Philadelphia Bar Association

Bachelor of Arts (1967), LaSalle University, Philadelphia PA
Juris Doctor (1973), Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia PA

Simon P. Mather

Simon has been legal assistant to Edward A. Taraskus for more than 30 years and has an intimate working knowledge of PLCB processes and procedures, enabling him to efficiently coordinate activity with the Board.  He supports clients — whether small business owners or large national chains — through all aspects of liquor licensing.

Bachelor of Business Administration (1993), Temple University, Philadelphia PA


We represent liquor licensees and hospitality industry members throughout Pennsylvania including retail restaurant licensees, clubs, hotels, beer distributors, importers, museums, performing arts facilities, universities and breweries.

Below are some of our current clients:

Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs

7-Eleven, Inc

Blind Barber

Royal Sushi & Izakaya


Chickie’s and Pete’s


Bar Hygge

Sampan Restaurant

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse



Fado Irish Pub



Le Virtu

Trocadero Theatre

Union Transfer

The Foodery

Fergie’s Pub

Monk’s Café

Bayou Bar & Grill

Marathon Grill

Standard Tap

Johnny Brenda’s

North 3rd

Delilah’s Gentlemen’s Club & Steakhouse

Ted’s Montana Grill

Philadelphia Film Society

Woody’s Bar

Social Clubs

Palizzi Social Club

Voyeur Nightclub

Zee Bar


Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5


Cescape Event Group

Jimmy Duffy Catering


Real Estate Management & Developers

Interstate Hotels & Resorts

GF Management

OTG Management

Tower Investments

Four Corners Management

AMC Delancey

Sherman Properties, Inc.

Delaware River Waterfront

Contact Us

For more information about how The Law Offices of Edward A. Taraskus can help you navigate Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board regulations, please call or use this contact form.

pinThe Law Offices Edward A. Taraskus, P.C.
Liquor Licensing & Beverage Law

The Philadelphia Building
Suite 1002 – 1315 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-4721

Phone 215.545.3682
Fax 215.545.3687

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