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Ken Allen, Esquire


Suite 1980, 1201 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201


Phone: 800-858-9237

Fax: 803-748-1336

Licensing assistance for: hotels, restaurants, private clubs, liquor stores, on and off premise beer & wine, wholesalers, distillers, brewers & importers


If you'd like to receive our quarterly SC Alcohol Licensing Newsletter, just send us a quick email.


Representative Clients: 


Resorts: Wild Dunes Beach & Racquet Club, Daufuskie Island Resort, Harbor Town Yacht Club, Fripp Island Company, Hilton Charleston Harbor Resort, North Augusta Golf Club, Litchfield Plantation, Tega Cay Resort, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, Coral Beach Resorts, Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee


Restaurants: Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster), Red Robin International, Long Horn Steakhouses, Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili's, Chipotle, Carrabba's, Fatz’s Café, Lone Star Steakhouse, Quaker Steak & Lube, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Barbara Jean's Restaurant & Bar, Levy Restaurants, T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants, Flying J Truck Stops, Hooters of America, Dicks Last Resort of Myrtle Beach, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Phillips Seafood House, Mimi’s Café, Texas Roadhouse


Hotels: Marriott International, Westin, Interstate Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Equity Inns,Residence Inn, Radisson, Ramada Hotel, Sheraton, Wyndham International, Hyatt


Breweries: Coors Brewery, Palmetto Brewery, South Carolina’s oldest


Distilleries: Dark Corner Distillery, Red Barn Likker Distillery, Copper Horse Distillery, Dacusville Beverage Distillery, Straw Hat Distillery, Hollow Creek Distillery


Others: AMAZON, Compass Group Inc., Bon Apetit Management, ARAMARK, Spinx C-Stores, Total Wine & More, Amerada Hess Corp, Murphy Oil USA, Ovations Food Services, SMG Food and Beverages, Sun Cruz Casino, Carmike Cinemas, American Property Management Corporation, , American General Hospitality, Inc., Charlotte Knights Baseball Club, Volume Services,Triton Pacific Capital Partners, International Club,  Walgreens Drugs, Pilot Truck Stops, DiamondRock Hospitality Company,  Regal Cinemas, Billy Casper Golf

Former Director, Commissioner, and Chairman  of SC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission 


Appointed by SC Senate Judiciary Committee to Blue Ribbon Task Force to modernize and improve legislation dealing with the state's Alcohol Beverage Laws


Served on the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s Alcohol Advisory Board


2006 Served on Editorial Board for the legal treatise, The Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages in South Carolina


2011 Served on the City of Columbia Hospitality Study Committee


2014 Editorial Board, S.C. Bar Non-Profit Corporate Practice Manuel/ABL Portion

2019 CLE Faculty, Brewery and Distillery Law in South Carolina


Member of:


The National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys 

The Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants

The National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Assn.

The South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association  


South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores




Liquor Liability: How Exposed Are You  / Hospitality News (Jan. of 2013)


Taking Liquor Store Inventory as Collateral / Palmetto Banker Magazine (Fall of 09)


On Premise Alcohol Hours and Hours of Operation / Hospitality News (Oct. of 09)

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