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Marco D. Costales


T 213.612.7878
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing

Marco Costales, a partner in Nossaman’s Los Angeles Office, has in-depth experience in business transactions.  He has clients in various industries, including health care, manufacturing, hospitality, food and beverage, transportation, technology, arts and entertainment, and retail and professional service.  Mr. Costales’ experience includes representation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures in connection with formation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, combinations, intellectual property licensing, equipment leasing and general contract, operational and employment issues.

In the healthcare area, Marco has represented hospital clients and their affiliates in connection with their purchase of medical groups as well as physicians in connection with the sale of their medical practices.  He has also represented non-profit hospitals, other healthcare facilities and nonprofit research institutions in connection with a wide variety of transactions.

In the food and beverage area, Mr. Costales also represents major restaurant groups, hotel owners/operators, golf course facilities, craft breweries, beverage alcohol importers/wholesalers and airlines carriers in connection with alcoholic beverage license applications, transfers, compliance and regulatory matters.

Representative Work

  • A large non-profit medical center operating in more than 40 locations.  Represents this renowned nonprofit Medical Center and its affiliated organizations in a wide variety of transactional matters, including intellectual property portfolio management and protection (including compliance with the Bayh-Dole Act) and I.P. exploitation (including patent and software licensing transactions), research arrangements, debt and equity investments, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance/maintenance of subsidiary and affiliated organizations, consulting and service contracts, and vendor contract preparation and negotiation.
  • Zynx Health Incorporated.  Represented this medical research consulting firm (now a subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation) in connection with the licensure of its proprietary, web-based software products and tools to large health systems and in connection with strategic alliances and partnerships with such systems.  Also represented Zynx Health in connection with research, data-mining, and consulting agreements with many large pharmaceutical companies.  Developed product development and joint marketing agreements for this client, many of which have become the client's "standard forms".
  • Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (formerly known as Harbor-UCLA Research and Education Institute).  Represented this nonprofit public benefit organization in connection with its corporate governance issues, finance issues, intellectual property matters, employment arrangements and related transactions.  For over 10 years, Nossaman served as LA BioMed's "general counsel", and handled not only corporate work, but also employment, real estate, litigation and other legal matters for L.A. BioMed.  Mr. Costales regularly met with LA BioMed's Board of Directors and, when asked, Committees of the Board.
  • HealthCare Partners, Ltd.  Represented an affiliate of this healthcare entity (the Camden Group) in connection with trademark and related intellectual property issues.
  • United Surgical Partners International.  Represented this publicly-held company in connection with its acquisition activities and software licensing transactions.
  • California Heart Center Foundation.  Represented this nonprofit public benefit corporation in connection with corporate governance issues, agreements with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Medical Center, and various healthcare regulatory matters.  In addition, Nossaman assisted CHCF in connection with a private letter ruling request from the IRS with respect to some proposed transactions with University Cardiovascular Medical Group, Inc.  Nossaman also represented CHCF in connection with its acquisition by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Colorado Access.  Represented the State of Colorado's largest Health Maintenance Organization in connection with the outsourcing of its data processing systems to an Application Services Provider.
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).  Acted as this trade association's counsel and parliamentarian at its 49th Annual Congress.  Assisted delegates with questions concerning Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, helped delegates draft resolutions to bring before the House of Delegates, assisted AORN staff with the preparation of meeting scripts and wrote an article for the AORN Congress News Publication.
  • Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc.  Represented this international restaurant group (that owns and operates the premium "Morton's of Chicago - The Steakhouse" restaurants) in connection with all of its California alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory and compliance matters.  This representation not only included services for individual restaurants located throughout the State (often in conjunction with Nossaman land use experts), but also included services at the holding company level in connection with Morton's "going private" and related corporate transactions.
  • Albertson's.  Retained as local California counsel by one of the three investor groups that acquired all of the Albertson's grocery stores nationwide in two phases, and subsequently retained as local counsel to the Albertsons group in connection with the acquisition of all Safeway and Vons stores in California.  Handled all aspects of the mass transfer of alcoholic beverage licenses in all three transactions.
  • Marie Callender Pie Shops, Inc.  Retained as local California counsel by the parent company of Marie Callender's in connection with various alcoholic beverage licensing compliance and regulatory issues resulting from a corporate reorganization of the companies.  Represents the parent company in connection with all current California liquor licensing matters.
  • Charthouse Enterprises, Inc.  Provided representation and advice to this national restaurant chain in connection with alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory and compliance matters in California.
  • International airline carriers.  Provides representation to several international airline carriers in connection with alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory and compliance matters, for both their aircraft and their premier membership clubs at California airports.

Awards & Honors

Named "2013 Top Attorney" by Pasadena Magazine.

Marco D. Costales
Marco D. Costales



J.D. / M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1988

A.B., Stanford University, 1984, with distinction



Professional Affiliations

California Bar Association

Los Angeles Bar Association

National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA)

National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA)

National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) – Industry Member

California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) – Associate Member

Member – Ontario II Chapter of ProVisors® Professional Networking Group

Awards & Honors

Named "2013 Top Attorney" by Pasadena Magazine.

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