Kenneth J. McDermott, Esq.

Senior Counsel

Kenneth J. McDermott practices in the firm’s Hospitality, Business & Corporate and Commercial Litigation Groups.  He represents beverage retailers, distributors, restaurants, hotels, bars, private clubs, music and entertainment venues, breweries, wineries, distilleries and other liquor licensees on all aspects of liquor licensing and alcohol law.

Ken is experienced in defending claims before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and in state and federal court. He regularly represents clients with their litigation, corporate and business operations, construction and intellectual property matters. He participates in and presents to several industry-related organizations including the Brewers of Pennsylvania Association.

Ken served as a law clerk to Justice J. Michael Eakin of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During his clerkship, he prepared opinions on numerous significant legal issues including land development, uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance, trustee compensation and capital murder.

After receiving his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, Ken was an Associate with a construction litigation firm and was most recently an Associate at Tucker Arensberg where he provided legal counsel to hospitality and alcohol industry clients.

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2007 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Economics, summa cum laude, 2004 

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania 

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania 

MEMBERSHIPS

Cumberland County Bar Association 

Pennsylvania Bar Association 

Cumberland County American Inn of Court 

Ancient Order of Hibernians 

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Crime Stoppers of Dauphin County, Board of Directors 

Harrisburg Area Community College Brewing Science Certificate Program, Instructor  

Harrisburg Beer Week, Advisor 

Brewers of Pennsylvania, Associate Member and Brew Pub Committee Member 

Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, Associate Member 

Wills for Heroes, Volunteer 

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS

Brewers of Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium
Marijuana and Beer – Is this Bud for You?, State College PA, October 2018

Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM), Annual Meeting
Brew-Vitalization: Impact of Breweries on Local Redevelopment, Gettysburg PA, May 2016

 

 

Relevant Experience

Successfully appealed the Liquor Control Board’s denial of an economic development liquor license application 

Orchestrated several licensing transactions that were the first to be accomplished in Pennsylvania 

Assisted an international hotel brand in securing a liquor license for a newly renovated hotel in Center City Philadelphia 

Defended an international retailer against premises liability and property damage claims 

Represented a brewery in a claim against a manufacturer related to defective glass bottles 

Pursued mechanics’ lien claims for a national factoring company 

Assisted a national nursing home operator with obtaining guardianships for its incapacitated residents 

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