Brian Donesley – Attorney at Law

Idaho Liquor LawIdaho Licenses

Liquor Law Experience

Idaho Liquor Licensing and Administrative Lawyer

  • Federal / State / Counties / Cities.
  • All Aspects of Idaho Beer Licenses, Idaho Wine Licenses, Idaho Liquor Licenses.
    Manufacturing / Wholesale / Retail.
  • Idaho Liquor Licenses / Sales and Purchases / Contracts.
  • Licensee Representation in Applications, Disciplinary Proceedings,  Revocations, Suspensions, Appeals.
  • Expert Witness Testimony in Matters Pertaining to Idaho Alcoholic Beverage Law.
  • Drafting and Lobbying of Legislation and Rule Proposals regarding Idaho liquor law.
  • Multi state representation as to all Idaho and other state related alcohol beverage license issues before Idaho and other state or federal governmental agencies, courts and private negotiations or disputes
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
  • Graduate, FBI Legal Advisors Academy, Quantico, VA..
  • Legal Advisor and Legislative Representative to the Idaho Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA).
  • Sustaining Member of the National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA).

Background Information

○      Stanford University, B.A. 1970 English

○      University of Idaho, College of Law, J.D. 1978

  • Owner, Brian Donesley and Associates, Attorneys, Boise, Idaho.
  • Served as Idaho State Liquor Chief and ABC Division Administrator and as Chief Legal Counsel, Idaho Department of Law Enforcement.
    Supervised and administered statewide alcoholic beverage control duties relating to enforcement of statutes and rules, legislation, rulemaking, administrative hearings and dispositions statewide. Was responsible for administration of a division with five (5) regional offices and all staffing, administrative requirements. Formulated and established policies for regulating the alcohol beverage industry in Idaho, including with respect to manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, liquor, beer and wine retail by the drink licensees.
  • Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
  • Graduate, FBI Legal Advisors Academy, Quantico, VA.
  • Civil and administrative law cases before local, state and federal agencies and courts.
  • As private attorney, alcoholic beverage, beer, wine and liquor law. Effective and successful alcohol industry advisor in Idaho and other states. Retail, wholesale, manufacturer, winery licensing and representation.
  • Wine Institute lobbyist.
  • Private criminal defense attorney, Idaho.
  • Counsel for drug and alcohol treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring entities involving HIPAA, confidentiality, licensing, certification, corporate formation, non-profit affiliation and formation, and civil practice guidance, consultation and representation.
  • Served as Attorney for Ada County Sheriffs Deputies Association, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, IBPO Local 486. Disciplinary hearings and negotiations with County Sheriff and County Commission.
  • Served as Attorney for Boise Police Union, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, IBPO, Local 486. Disciplinary hearings, arbitration and collective labor negotiations with Boise City Mayor and City Council.
  • Governmental affairs and lobbying on behalf of various entities and industries with emphasis on alcoholic beverage law.
  • Senator, State of Idaho, District 16, Ada County.
  • Judiciary and Rules Committee; Resources and Environment Committee; State Affairs Committee; Commerce and Labor Committee, ranking minority member.
  • Served as Chief Counsel, Idaho Department of Law Enforcement (Idaho State Police).

○      Special county prosecutor for fraud prosecutions, financial investigations and racketeering cases.

○      Special assistant Idaho Attorney General for personnel, alcohol beverage licensing, and drug forfeitures.

○      Department of Law Enforcement (ISP) legislative officer. Authored and lobbied statutory proposals, including:

○      State of Idaho beer, wine and liquor license regulation and enforcement laws.

○       Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

○      Drug enforcement and drug forfeiture laws.

○      Highway and transportation statutes.

○      Idaho Horse Racing Commission statutes and regulations.

○      Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy (POST) related laws.

○      Comprehensive Idaho Public Records Act revision.

○      Advised and trained Idaho State Police, narcotics and investigative personnel, and others.

○      Instructor, Police Officers Standards and Training and Idaho State Police Academy (POST).
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Brian Donesley
Office Location:
802 W Bannock
Suite LP106
Boise, ID 83702
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 419
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: 208-343-3851
Fax: 208-343-4188