ACTlegally is a law office founded by Dean R. Lueders  to serve the unique legal needs of licensees.  Mr. Lueders is a former ABC attorney and worked at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for nearly 16 years.


Services Provided:

Defending Accusations for ABC Violations 

The attorneys at ACTlegally have nearly 40 years of combined experience in litigating ABC violations.  We would be surprised if there is something we have not seen.  We know how the ABC works from the inside and are now using our skills to help you.

If you have received a letter from ABC stating that you violated the law and threatening to file an Accusation against you, contact us ASAP.

Acquiring an Alcohol or Liquor License

ACTlegally is a one-of-a-kind law office so how we help our clients in acquiring a license is also one-of-a-kind,  We help make the decision of what type of liquor license is best for our clients needs and to acquire the appropriate license, whether by purchasing and transferring the license or by a new application with ABC. 

Then to hold true to our name, we provide a Best Practices Guide to help our clients stay out of trouble and be in full compliance with the alcohol laws. 

Moreover, our clients will have the security knowing that if their application is denied or protested for any reason, the attorneys at ACTlegally will represent them at the ABC hearing for no additional charge (for up to four hours of hearing time) as part of the licensing package fee.

Growing Your Brewery, Winery, or Distillery

Lease agreements, partnership agreements, distribution agreements, production agreements, sponsorship agreements, and the list goes on.  To grow your business, you have to have good agreements that will clearly spell out the obligations of each party.  We can help you.

Protecting Your Ideas With a Trademark

There is no need to let a competitor steal your best ideas for the name of your company or the products you produce.  For a reasonable flat fee we will help you legally protect your ideas (and your profit from those ideas).

Protecting Your Assets With an LLC, Corporation, or Estate Planning

If you are in the alcohol business, you owe it to yourself and your family to protect your personal assets.  You can do this by forming an LLC or corporation for your business.  In some cases, you can even achieve greater protection through the use of nonrevocable trusts and other estate planning devices.

A Very General Overview

ACTlegally represents licensees in every type of matter before the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  This includes sales to minor, condition violation, B-girl, disorderly premise, tied-house violation, licensing matters (i.e. protested application and petition for conditional license) and all other types of administrative hearings before the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and appeals to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board.

ACTlegally also provides counseling on the complicated tied-house framework and the day-to-day working relationship between the three tiers, specifically what can or cannot be done in California and possible alternatives.

Representation includes all three tiers of the alcohol industry.  These include:

  • Manufacturers: Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Rectifiers
  • Distributors: Importers, Wholesalers, Manufacturer’s Agents
  • Retailers: Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Entertainment Venues, Grocery Stores, Liquor Stores, Convenience Stores, Golf Courses, Indian Casinos