The Morris Law Firm LLC

The Morris Law Firm LLC Business law firm with a special focus on the needs of restaurant owners - from LLCs to leases to liquor licenses.
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When you are opening a new restaurant, or a new location for your existing chain, make sure all the pieces fit together....
06/26/2018
Maryland Liquor Licensing and Choice of Restaurant Lease Entity – Making the Pieces Fit – The Morris Law Firm, LLC

When you are opening a new restaurant, or a new location for your existing chain, make sure all the pieces fit together.

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Maryland Liquor Licensing and Choice of Restaurant Lease Entity – Making the Pieces Fit smorrisJune 26, 2018 Here at The Morris Law Firm, we are big advocates of our restaurant clients not doing things piecemeal when it comes to opening their new locations. For example, we think it is big mistake ...

02/05/2018

Dear Friends: Clients of ours are seeking Maryland residents to assist with their liquor license applications. As part of the licensing process, many require a local resident to appear on the application and license on their behalf. This does not require much work, but it requires you to take on some duties as it relates to the application and hearing, as well as be responsible on the license itself. As this is a meaningful service, compensation is provided.

If you are a resident of Anne Arundel County, we have a particular current need, but many of our clients simply need a resident of the state of Maryland.

Please DM me if you would like to learn more.

Grateful to be recognized on this list the best food law blogs - in excellent company, it seems.
11/09/2017
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Grateful to be recognized on this list the best food law blogs - in excellent company, it seems.

Top 30 Food Law Blogs and Websites On The Web
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Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative
Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
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Corruption Case Makes Clear: Prince George’s County Must Do Away With Competitive Liquor Licensing Process
09/25/2017
Corruption Case Makes Clear: Prince George's County Must Do Away With Competitive Liquor Licensing Process - The Morris Law Firm, LLC

Corruption Case Makes Clear: Prince George’s County Must Do Away With Competitive Liquor Licensing Process

I just finished reading the plea agreement regarding a liquor licensing attorney in Prince George’s County who pleaded guilty to bribery on Friday. The underlying facts were that this attorney made payments to a public official to secure his assistance in influencing liquor licensing decisions. The…

You Should Hire a Restaurant Real Estate Broker.
08/24/2017
You Should Hire a Restaurant Real Estate Broker - The Morris Law Firm, LLC

You Should Hire a Restaurant Real Estate Broker.

We work with lots of clients who are thinking about opening their first restaurant, or who are in expansion mode. When I get one of these calls, among my first questions is “are you working with a broker?” If not, I always try to encourage them to call one of the many experienced restaurant real …

08/22/2017
Limiting the Personal Guaranty in Your Restaurant Lease - The Morris Law Firm, LLC

Limiting the Personal Guaranty in Your Restaurant Lease - The Morris Law Firm, LLC

If you are getting ready to sign a restaurant lease, you are almost certainly being asked to provide the name of someone who will provide a personal guaranty of payment on the lease. This person, whether it be you yourself, or someone with whom you are associated, will be personally on the hook if…

Thinking about expanding your restaurant business and opening number 2? Read this first about whether a new LLC is neede...
06/13/2017
New Restaurant Location? Strongly Consider a New LLC

Thinking about expanding your restaurant business and opening number 2? Read this first about whether a new LLC is needed.

I often say that opening a restaurant is like becoming a parent. It keeps you up late at night, it occupies most of your time and attention, it makes you worry whenever you leave it with someone else…. But like parenthood, restaurant ownership can also get easier over time. And, when it does, you m...

The Montgomery County liquor monopoly still lives, but it appears to be loosening its hold just a bit.
04/18/2017
Big News: Private Liquor Stores Coming to Montgomery County

The Montgomery County liquor monopoly still lives, but it appears to be loosening its hold just a bit.

As we continue our review of the 2017 Maryland legislative session, which ended last week, it is clear that, for those of us in Montgomery County, one of the most consequential – and overlooked – new laws relates to how hard liquor is sold in the County. For the first time since anyone can remember,...

Can My Landlord Lease to One of My Competitors?
04/04/2017
Can My Landlord Lease to One of My Competitors?

Can My Landlord Lease to One of My Competitors?

My family and I had dinner this past weekend at the newest location of a locally-based fast casual restaurant chain. It had a line nearly out the door and every table was full. After dinner we noticed that, in the same shopping center, was an existing restaurant serving the exact same type of food...

Like Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County is responding to fast casual's need for more beer & wine licenses (as oppose...
02/25/2017
Liquor Board proposes more restaurants serve beer & wine, but no liquor

Like Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County is responding to fast casual's need for more beer & wine licenses (as opposed to full beer, wine & liquor). We pushed for this legislation here in Montgomery County when one of our multi-location fast casual clients was required to get a full liquor license. Now, at least in part in response to Mission BBQ's desire for multiple beer & wine licenses, a similar effort is underway in Anne Arundel. Good to see government respond to the needs of business.

Anne Arundel County's Liquor Board is backing legislation that would increase the number of restaurants where a business owner may serve beer and wine.

PRESS RELEASE: The Morris Law Firm Achieves Unanimous Jury Verdict on Behalf of Client Mezeh Mediterranean Grill
01/24/2017
PRESS RELEASE: The Morris Law Firm Achieves Unanimous Jury Verdict on Behalf of Client Mezeh Mediterranean Grill

PRESS RELEASE: The Morris Law Firm Achieves Unanimous Jury Verdict on Behalf of Client Mezeh Mediterranean Grill

PRESS RELEASE: The Morris Law Firm Achieves Unanimous Jury Verdict on Behalf of Client Mezeh Mediterranean Grill Date January 24, 2017Posted by smorris FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Bethesda, MD) — On January 19, 2017, a federal jury in Maryland returned a verdict in favor of Mezeh Mediterranean Grill on t...

With high rents and tough competition, the margin for error in the restaurant business is smaller than ever.
01/05/2017
Has DC Already Reached Peak Restaurant?

With high rents and tough competition, the margin for error in the restaurant business is smaller than ever.

DC’s dining economy is starting to look like a bubble.

Found the perfect space for your new restaurant?Make sure you ask the right questions before you sign on the line.
12/05/2016
The Morris Law Firm, LLC | 12 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Before Signing Your Restaurant Lease

Found the perfect space for your new restaurant?

Make sure you ask the right questions before you sign on the line.

12 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Before Signing Your Restaurant Lease Date April 26, 2016Posted by smorris Comments0 As I’ve written here before, perhaps the document that will have the greatest impact on the success of your restaurant will be your lease. It sets the terms of your relationship with…

Dangers lurk.  Do you have someone on your team who knows where they are -- and how to deal with them?
10/27/2016
A Hidden Danger in Lease Assignments and Restaurant Sales

Dangers lurk. Do you have someone on your team who knows where they are -- and how to deal with them?

A Hidden Danger in Lease Assignments and Restaurant Sales Date October 27, 2016Posted by smorris We have written here before about important things to consider when purchasing a restaurant, and we have also written about exclusivity provisions in restaurant leases. A recent deal we were working on,…

Congrats to firm clients Eat Gusto and Momo for winning "Bethesda's Best Bites" at Taste of Bethesda last weekend.  Othe...
10/05/2016
Photo Gallery: Taste of Bethesda 2016

Congrats to firm clients Eat Gusto and Momo for winning "Bethesda's Best Bites" at Taste of Bethesda last weekend. Other winners were Silver and Gringos & Mariachis. All well deserved!

Large crowd attends food festival, despite rain

From the September Issue of the Washington Lawyer.
09/03/2016

From the September Issue of the Washington Lawyer.

The Morris Law Firm LLC's cover photo
08/30/2016

The Morris Law Firm LLC's cover photo

08/30/2016
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Thanks to the DC Bar for publishing our article on key relationships in the restaurant business. Please check it out here.

The Four Relationships that Can Make or Break Your Restaurant Business
08/02/2016
The Four Relationships that Can Make or Break Your Restaurant Business

The Four Relationships that Can Make or Break Your Restaurant Business

The Four Relationships that Can Make or Break Your Restaurant Business Date August 2, 2016Posted by smorris The restaurant business, like almost all businesses, is about relationships. And, of course, the most important one you will have is with your customers. If you don’t preserve that relationshi...

Don't wait until there is a problem to ask "what does my lease say?"  Make sure you understand your restaurant lease (an...
07/18/2016
The Morris Law Firm, LLC | 12 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Before Signing Your Restaurant Lease

Don't wait until there is a problem to ask "what does my lease say?"

Make sure you understand your restaurant lease (and get the best terms possible) *before* you sign.

12 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Before Signing Your Restaurant Lease Date April 26, 2016Posted by smorris Comments0 As I’ve written here before, perhaps the document that will have the greatest impact on the success of your restaurant will be your lease. It sets the terms of your relationship with…

From starting up to winding down, from buying in to cashing out -- we are here to help you through every stage of your b...
07/13/2016
The Morris Law Firm, LLC | Business and Transactional Law

From starting up to winding down, from buying in to cashing out -- we are here to help you through every stage of your business.

Business and Transactional Law The Morris Law Firm serves as outside general counsel to multiple small and medium-sized businesses in a broad array of industries and has assisted clients at every stage of business development, from starting up to winding down. We also regularly assist our clients w...

Does your business need an operating agreement?  (Spoiler: Yes, it does).
07/07/2016
The Morris Law Firm, LLC | Yes, Your Business Needs an Operating Agreement

Does your business need an operating agreement? (Spoiler: Yes, it does).

Yes, Your Business Needs an Operating Agreement Date April 14, 2016Posted by smorris Comments1 Imagine this scenario: A couple of years ago you partnered up with a few associates and started a new restaurant business. Because you did not know much about the business, you opted to take a background r...

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