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Williams Compliance is based in Virginia, and is the only beverage compliance company focusing exclusively on the East Coast. Whether you need help on a one-time basis, or would prefer to have us manage your compliance on a regular basis, we can ease the path to increased sales by taking the weight of compliance off your shoulders, allowing you to get back to the real business at hand.

The Founder

MaryBeth WilliamsWidely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on beverage compliance, founder Mary Beth Williams designed Williams Compliance to be a nimble, knowledge-based company.

After years in the public sector and private practice as an attorney, Williams is well-versed in the regulatory challenges that can befuddle the best businessperson. In her role as Associate General Counsel in the Virginia State Corporation Commission, she prosecuted securities fraud cases and drafted legislation and rules for the regulation of securities trademarks, and franchises. This experience, combined with her background as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado, provides her with great perspective and understanding regarding enforcement issues and the position of the enforcement agencies.

Based on her background and experience, Williams knew West Coast wineries had been using compliance companies for years to bring in an expertise in the area at a significantly lower cost. She believed East Coast producers should have the same opportunity. Taking the calculated risk that all entrepreneurs face, she left her prestigious position as one of the state’s legal eagles and founded Williams Compliance. Today Williams Compliance serves dozens of clients in the eastern United States.

With her relaxed style and her clear understanding of the ever changing regulatory environment, Williams is regularly invited to share her knowledge in speeches and seminars for state associations and other groups. Williams is well known for her hands-on approach to the beverage industry. She has bottled wine with clients, poured at consumer tasting events as well as assisted in harvest. In each case, such experience helps her develop real world solutions for her clients’ needs.

Williams and her husband Jeff live in a 1924 farmhouse in Hanover County, Virginia, with their 5 rescue dogs who are the namesakes for their own small vineyard, Five Dogs Vineyard, planted to Petit Manseng, Viognier, and Petit Verdot.