Brian Donesley – Attorney at Law

Idaho Liquor LawIdaho Licenses

Liquor Licenses

Brian Donesley is an Attorney providing legal services as well as brokering the purchase, sale or leasing of liquor licenses in Idaho. Typically the cost of Mr. Donesley’s services are substantially less than if you were to contract with a real estate or business broker who cannot and will not provide the essential legal services to get the job done correctly. Once retained, Mr. Donesley will walk you through the processes between the parties and before all required governmental agencies without your being forced to hire an attorney to get the contracts right and to protect you from mistakes.

Brian Donesley has helped in the purchase, sale, lease and all governmental processes involved for over 30 years. Mr. Donesley is an acknowledged authority on liquor, beer and wine businesses in Idaho. He has placed more licenses than very likely any other firm in this state, and is available to assist you in locating or marketing your license or licensed beverage business.

Mr. Donesley has served as Administrator of  the Alcohol Beverage Control Division for the State of Idaho as well as Chief Legal Counsel for Idaho State Police. He served two terms in the Idaho Senate and was appointed to the Wine Industry Committee for the National Association of State Legislators. Mr. Donesley is a graduate of the FBI Legal Advisors Academy, Quantico Virginia.

Representative clients have included;

Lonestar Steakhouse, Chili’s, Applebees, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Flatbread Community Oven, Tucano’s, Carino’s Italian Restaurants, Texas Roadhouse, La Tapatia Mexican Restaurant, Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Cucina Gemelli, Cheerleaders Sports Bar & Grill, Red Robin International, The Refuge, Flying Pie Pizzaria, Smoky Mountain Pizzaria Grill, Fork, Goodwood Barbecue Company, Wingers, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carrabba’s, E&J Gallo Winery, The Wine Institute, New Belgium Brewing Company, Stein Distributing, Hayden Distributing, Brewers’ Haven, Idaho Winegrowers Assn., the Idaho Beverage Coalition, Aramark, Interstate Hotels, Kahala Corporation, Spearmint Rhino, CJ’s Nightclub, Cowgirls Saloon,The Idaho Licensed Beverage Association, the Idaho Beverage Coalition…and others….

Mr. Donesley is available to consult on all matters concerning liquor licenses in the state of Idaho, state, county, city or federal.


  • Purchase
  • Sale
  • Leasing of License
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Provocations, Suspensions, Fines
  • Criminal Trials
  • Defense and Trials





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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