ACTlegally is dedicated to charging reasonable fees to help licensees with the unique legal needs of the alcohol business.    To do this we strive to hire the best and most experienced attorneys possible; because experience and knowledge matter in achieving the best possible outcome for your business.

Dean R. Lueders has over 17 years of experience in alcohol law.  Nicholas R. Loehr has over 21 years of experience.  Both Mr. Lueders and Mr. Loehr are former California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) attorneys, and Mr. Loehr is also a former Administrative Law Judge for ABC.  This unique experience can only be found at ACTlegally.



Alcoholic Beverage Law:

Dean has practiced alcoholic beverage law since 2001, when he joined the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  For the 16 years he worked with ABC, he litigated hundreds of cases initiated by the Department’s twenty-two district and branch offices, its Special Operations Unit, Grant Assistance Program Unit, and Trade Enforcement Unit.  In short, Dean has tried every type of case that ABC prosecutes.

Licensing:   Dean guided personnel on licensing matters including application filings, ownership issues, public notifications, undue concentration, protests, zoning matters, and how those issues impacted specific applications.  He represented the Department at administrative hearings involving protested applications, petitions for conditioned licenses, and denials of applications, working closely with Department staff, applicants, law enforcement officials, and private attorneys to develop innovative, workable solutions to the problems they encountered.   

Accusations/Violations: Dean represented ABC at administrative hearings and before the Appeals Board in disciplinary matters involving a wide array of cases involving both retail and non-retail violations. On the retail front, his expertise included sales of alcoholic beverages to minors, sales to obviously intoxicated persons, disorderly houses, law enforcement problem premises, narcotics sales and drug trafficking, stolen property, retail operating standards, illegal marijuana dispensary operations, and tobacco crimes occurring on licensed premises.

Trade Enforcement/Business Practices: Dean represented ABC in the prosecution of unlawful industry practices such as free goods, things of value, consignment sales, advertising and merchandising, contests and sweepstakes, retail-to-retail sales, excessive retailer credit, stocking and shelving, and tied-house ownership violations. 

Other Areas:

Prior to working for ABC, Dean practiced insurance defense work for the Law Offices of Halkides and Morgan from 1989 to 1992, and managed a successful real estate law practice representing real estate investors in the acquisition, management, and sale of real estate investment property from 1992 to 2001.  It was during this time that he not only tried hundreds of cases in Municipal Court but he also developed an expertise in real estate law, commercial law, and contract law. 

Dean’s interest in the day-to-day workings of regulatory law and government lobbying dates back to his law school days at the University of Nebraska where he worked for the Nebraska Association of County Officials. It was there that he received special recognition for drafting the Association’s first official manual outlining the responsibilities and duties of elected officials which helped guide these professionals in doing their jobs.


Dean grew up in Nebraska, and played football and wrestled in high school. He continues to be an avid sports enthusiast, never missing an opportunity to support his favorite team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and his son’s participation in many sporting events. Dean has been married for 20 years. His wife has been a child therapist at the local Children’s Hospital for the past 17 years. Together, Dean and his family actively volunteer their time with a number of local nonprofit organizations dedicated to the development and well-being of children.

Nicholas R. Loehr:

Mr. Loehr has extensive alcoholic beverage law experience.  He served as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for seven years with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), presiding over a wide range of enforcement cases, protests, and petition matters. Before his appointment as an ALJ, Judge Loehr was an ABC senior staff counsel for 14 years.  During these 21 years practicing ABC law, he heard and tried hundreds of licensing and enforcement cases, which spanned significant and diverse legal issues; trade enforcement cases relating to tied-house law, law enforcement problems and disorderly house accusations, license condition violations, sale of narcotics in licensed premises, obviously intoxicated patrons, sale of alcohol to minors, protested license applications concerning undue concentration of licenses, law enforcement issues, residential quiet enjoyment problems, and license denial hearings.

Before specializing in ABC law, Judge Loehr was in private practice with the Sacramento law firm of Barker & Wiesenfeld.  He practiced insurance defense law in multi-party, complex tort litigation.

Judge Loehr also served for over 25 years in the Air Force Judge Advocate Generals Corps Reserve.  He rose to the rank of Colonel and served as the senior reserve lawyer at 4 Air Force Major Commands, and at Air Force Central Command.  Colonel Loehr deployed three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.