Experienced And Knowledgeable With Both The Alcohol beverage Industry And The Law

Attorney Ryan Malkin

Ryan Malkin

  • Principal Attorney



Practice Areas

  • Alcohol Beverage
  • Cannabis Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Internet - Cyberspace
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Franchising
  • Trademarks


Ryan Malkin is an attorney focusing on alcohol beverage and cannabis law. He has extensive experience providing guidance to suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, agencies, and third parties within these regulated industries. As an attorney for a major global wine and spirits supplier, Ryan concentrated on supporting the sales and marketing teams to ensure compliance with rules and regulations in all 50 states. Ryan utilized his experience and knowledge of the industry to help craft compliant programs to help global brands outperform others in their categories.

Prior to his work at Pernod, Ryan was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. Ryan investigated and prosecuted all manner of crimes, with an emphasis on long-term white collar crime investigations. Ryan gained unprecedented skills and an understanding of state governmental agencies.

Ryan's passion for the alcohol industry began as a staff writer for SmartMoney. Ryan specialized in travel and hospitality writing, with an emphasis on the beverage alcohol industry, covering both brands and category trends. Ryan regularly interviewed executives, brand owners, producers, and industry experts to provide guidance to readers. Ryan also regularly interviewed nightclub and bar owners, designers, managers, and doormen to bring new ventures and cocktail trends to life, and giving Ryan insight into the bar and nightclub business. His articles have appeared in such publications as Beverage Media, Liquor.com, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, DJTimes, and Esquire to name a few.



  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
  • University of Michigan
    • B.A.

Bar Admission

  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Past Positions

  • Manhattan, Assistant District Attorney
  • Pernod Ricard USA

Speaking Engagements

American Craft Spirits Association

Advanced Acquisitions
Distiller Tasting Rooms Outside the Distillery
Acquisition Basics
DTC Shipping of Spirits
How To Export US Craft Spirits; The Contract Bottling Relationship

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

How To Start An RTD Brand for Bartenders
Cannabooze 2025
How to Buy and Sell Vintage Spirits
Acquisitions 101
How To Start A Brand Without A Distillery; How Small Brands Can Play Big
How To Go Broke Opening A Bar; Entering the US Market; Shakers & Movers Guide to Advancement
How To Go Broke Opening A Distillery


The Distributor/Producer Relationship
Expanding Abroad

Discus Academy

State Nuances, Discus Academy
Distributor Selection, Discus Academy

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Acquisition Basics
Changing the Buzz

National Conference of State Liquor Administrators

Ship Happens
Connecting with Craft

American Bar Association

What’s the Deal with CBD?

American Distilling Institute | Distilling.com

2014 Annual Conference: Alcohol Beverage Law 101


SevenFifty Daily

How Sommeliers Are Shifting into Wine Retail Ownership
The Drinks Industry Has an Ageism Problem
Why the Alcohol Industry Is Betting Big on Cannabis
How Bartenders Launch a Cocktail Brand
The Legalities of Using a Third-Party Marketer
How to Enter the U.S. Market with a New Alcohol Brand
Cannabis Trends We Should All Be Watching in 2019
How to Do Business in a Franchise State
What You Need to Know About the GDPR
How Reciprocity Laws Are Benefiting Craft Producers
How Alcohol Importers Are Losing Out on Excise Tax Benefits
Starting a Spirit Brand Without a Distillery
Understanding the Legal Issues Around Cannabis-Infused Alcoholic Drinks
How to Avoid Pay-to-Play Violations
What You Need to Know About Shipping Alcohol
Alcohol Brands Are Getting into the NFT Space. What Does This Mean for Legal Compliance?

Craft Spirits

Finding The Bittersweet Spot
Only a Click Away


Off-Premise Alcohol Sales Are a Lifeline for Bars and Restaurants That Should Continue Permanently