Kenneth B. Skelly


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George Washington University, JD
Xavier University, AB

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Ken Skelly is a veteran of the alcohol beverages industry. Having served as both a government attorney for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in-house as an attorney for Diageo, Schieffelin & Somerset Co., a joint venture of LVMH Moet Hennessy and Diageo, and Schenley Industries, he now uses his expertise to represent individuals and organizations involved in all tiers in the alcohol industry. Ken’s practice largely involves advising national corporate clients in the alcohol beverages industry on how to avoid expensive regulatory litigation.

Ken’s focus involves working in advance with company sales and marketing executives as well as regulatory personnel to find compliant ways to conduct effective sales and marketing programs around the country. Ken is often invited to speak to attorneys, administrators, and business executives about alcohol beverage law and ethics.

Before joining Lawson & Weitzen in 2009, Ken spent over 18 years working for alcohol beverage manufacturers where he worked closely with sales and marketing executives and state and federal regulators to help fashion alcohol beverage advertising and promotional activities that were effective from a sales and marketing perspective and compliant with state and federal laws throughout the country.

Earlier in his career, Ken served as a Special Assistant to the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Governor’s liaison with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) (among 18 other agencies). Ken also spent years as counsel to the PLCB where he gained a unique familiarity with the retail, wholesale and regulatory concerns in this industry. As the PLCB Chief Counsel, when the Pennsylvania Governor and later U.S. Attorney General sought to privatize the agency, Ken filed suit on its behalf successfully maintaining the control system still in use. He also held the role of Communications Lead for the PLCB, working closely with all team leaders involved in the Board’s continuing Enterprise Resource Planning project transitioning from SAP to the more retailer-oriented Oracle system.

While representing clients around the country, Ken lives in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and travels frequently with his wife.

Practice Areas

Alcoholic Beverage Law

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

National Conference of State Liquor Administrators