Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate

Richard B. Somach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with the firm’s Associate David C. Berger, will present the livestream webinar, “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” for Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, a trade association that represents nearly 3,000 real estate professionals.

About the Impact on Real Estate

Discussion topics will include:

  • What landlords must consider when renting a property to a tenant with a liquor license
  • The implications of leasing a property to a manufacturer of medical marijuana
  • The eviction process and the restrictions on property use
  • The legal vs. illegal uses of marijuana
  • The rights and responsibilities of landlords, tenants, and property buyers
  • The difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal
  • The responsibilities and liability of having an animal on their premises

When: Monday, June 15, 2020

  • 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.


  • Members: $45.00
  • Non-Members: $65.00

About Your Attorneys

Rich Somach

Rich focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters,  subdivisions, and shopping center development.

As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich is the founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services, creatively serving client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®.

As a former Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, Rich advised the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, including sheriff’s sales, real estate tax sales, and lien priority issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also presented numerous lectures at the annual Real Estate Institute program.

David Berger

David concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He actively counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

A licensed title agent, David works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

In his liquor law practice, David handles sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

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