is a senior partner in the firm. He has been practicing law since 1974 and started out in the office of Counsel with the New York State Liquor Authority. He worked there as a Senior Attorney and left in 1980 to start the law firm of Mehler & Buscemi. He has concentrated his practice to matters relating to liquor licensees. From the formation of the business, the review of the lease, representation at the sale and closing, through the licensing process, he has represented thousands of restaurants, bars, liquor stores, hotels, groceries and wholesalers to obtain and maintain their licenses with both the New York State Liquor Authority and the Federal TTB. He is recognized as a leading litigator in the field of liquor law and has argued many cases in both the Federal and New York State Courts having appeared in hundreds of cases at the New York Supreme Court, various Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals of the State of New York. He has also participated in matters before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been recognized by various courts as an expert witness in matters dealing with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and Rules of the State Liquor Authority. He has lectured before attorneys for continuing legal education courses on the various liquor laws as well as many alcoholic beverage trade associations. His clients have been well represented in matters concerning this unique area of the law.

  • Francis Buscemi


    Francis R. Buscemi, a senior partner in Mehler & Buscemi, has been in private practice since 1980. Mr. Buscemi’s areas of concentration are in New York State and Federal alcoholic beverage licensing. He has extensive experience in commercial lease negotiation and purchase and sale contracts. Practicing for over thirty-five years in the field of Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, his understanding and expertise of the industry has made him one of the recognized experts in this unique and highly regulated field of law. He represents liquor stores, restaurants, taverns, grocery stores, and other licensed business in disciplinary proceedings before the New York State Liquor Authority, as well as other State and local government agencies. He is recognized for his expertise in appellate practice before the Courts to contest Liquor Authority decisions which adversely impact licensees. Mr. Buscemi also has extensive litigation experience against the City of New York contesting closure orders in nuisance abatement actions.