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Food & Beverages: Alcohol — USA - Nationwide


GrayRobinson, PA - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for High quality work in a variety of areas, including regulatory compliance, licensing, distribution and promotion of alcohol. Noted expertise advising clients on M&A, in particular in dealing with multijurisdictional transactions. A strong bench of experts includes several former federal and state regulators. Acts for clients at all tiers of the industry, ably handling matters for retailers and wholesale distributors as well as manufacturers and importers.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm has a deep bench of nationwide experts able to provide insightful regulatory advice to clients in the alcohol space."

Market sources report: "The firm provides reliable and consistent service from knowledgeable professionals."

Work highlights Provided regulatory advice and compliance assistance with M&A transactions to The Winebow Group. Also provided litigation defense against its competitors seeking to block its entrance into new markets.

Coordinated regulatory counsel for Anheuser-Busch in connection with a joint venture to develop and commercialize a new product.

Notable practitioners

Richard Blau chairs the firm's food and beverage group and is widely regarded as a leading figure in the space. He has over two decades of experience handling alcoholic beverage licensing cases for domestic and international importers. Clients commend him as a "smart, practical lawyer with an outstanding grasp of alcohol law who is sensitive to cost issues."

Grace Yang is well regarded for assisting clients with regulatory advice and liquor licensing in a number of States. Her clients say: "Grace is extremely responsive and very efficient with her time."

About the Team (content provided by GrayRobinson, PA)

GrayRobinson’s Nationwide Alcohol Industry Team combines the talents of experienced attorneys who specialize in the laws governing the alcohol industry with seasoned former federal and state alcohol regulators. The legal acumen of the former, combined with the enforcement knowledge, experience and contacts of the latter, provide our clients with a collection of talent to solve problems and achieve objectives. The Team includes experienced licensing specialists who provide valuable and effective service while emphasizing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
 
Working together, our attorneys and professionals provide expertise in the applicable national, federal, provincial, state and local laws that govern the production, importation, distribution, promotion and sale of alcohol beverages. We serve all segments (beer, wine and distilled spirits) and all tiers (manufacturers/importers, wholesale distributors and retailers) of the alcohol industry.

Our Nationwide Alcohol Industry Team also specializes in licensure and compliance responsibilities for Mergers & Acquisitions and other multi-location projects. Our experience in this area includes recent work migrating tens of thousands of alcohol beverage licenses and related permits for the largest merger transaction ever undertaken in America involving licensed businesses.

We also provide guidance on advertising and marketing, including utilization of Social Media and other new technology platforms for promoting alcohol beverages.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Talented team with prowess in an array of sophisticated alcohol law matters at both federal and state level. Expertise includes advising high-profile clients on audits and investigations by regulatory bodies, in addition to working on legislative issues. Demonstrates notable skill in handling complex litigation and transactions for national and international supplier-tier clients. Recent work includes assisting clients in craft beer and craft spirits transactions.

Strengths A client says: "They are true partners. They listen with a respectful and critical ear to our concerns and ideas, taking the time to talk us through issues, new developments and strategy."

A client reports: "The firm offers an unprecedented level of client service in terms of responsiveness as well as in provision of regulatory and practical solutions that work for our business."

Work highlights Represented Great Lakes Brewing and Boston Beer in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully appealing the decision of the lower courts to disallow the clients' termination of Southern Glazer’s distribution franchise.

Assisted Brooklyn Brewery on alcohol regulatory and distribution matters concerning its sale of a 24.5% stake to the Japanese beer giant Kirin.

Notable practitioners

Marc Sorini has a superb reputation nationwide for his expertise in the alcohol space. His practice incorporates the full range of regulatory and litigation matters, including distribution, trade practices, licensing and labeling. He is praised across the board by his clients: "He is a superstar; tremendously knowledgeable about alcoholic beverage" legal issues and "is incredibly accessible 24/7."

Arthur DeCelle is well respected for advising an impressive array of alcoholic beverage clients on complex regulatory and litigation matters. Clients say: "He is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. He provides us with solid advice and representation in distributor-related matters."

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Nationwide practice offering expertise in connection with business transactions for corporate clients. Strengths include advising on federal and state policy issues, distribution and advertising of alcohol products. Notable additional competency in labeling compliance and trade practices matters. Offers further experience with regard to large-scale licensing projects for a range of clients in the retail and hospitality industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "depth of knowledge" and its "consistently high-quality work."

A client says: "Their approach is practical and efficient - they are adept at making us feel like we are their most valued client."

Work highlights Represented Pabst Brewing Company in a strategic alliance with New Holland Brewing Company.

Represented Craft Brew Alliance in its 24.5% minority stake purchase of Wynwood Brewing Company, based in Miami Florida.

Notable practitioners

Jesse Lyon advises a range of alcoholic beverage providers including wineries, distilleries and breweries on corporate transactions and regulatory matters. Clients enthuse: "Jesse is practical and responsive, as well as thoughtful, creative and knowledgeable."

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DWT is proud to counsel, advocate for, grow and protect many of the most successful and respected wine, beer, and spirits brands in the United States.  With an in-depth knowledge of both industry norms and our clients’ individual business goals, we serve as trusted business advisors – alerting clients to business opportunities and changing regulations, and helping them evaluate risk and mitigate potential obstacles. Our team is responsive, approachable, and committed to providing practical advice on the day-to-day challenges faced by both emerging and established alcohol beverage producers. Our involvement in industry associations puts us at the forefront of developing legislative and business initiatives, allowing us to constantly monitor legal and policy developments that may affect our clients.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists clients on diverse regulatory matters and litigation, including governmental relations, trade compliance and enforcement actions. Also demonstrates expertise in emerging areas within the industry, such as digital media, events and smartphone applications. Noted strength in representing California-based wineries on the full spectrum of legal matters, including real estate transactions, zoning and environmental matters. Also recognized for assisting its clients on alcoholic beverage-related intellectual property matters.

Strengths Market sources label them a "great firm to work with."

Work highlights Evaluated regulatory and licensing issues for Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer’s in entering into a joint venture/combination to create the world's largest wholesale distribution network.

Advised Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America on alcoholic beverage regulatory issues related to forming a strategic alliance with Drizly, a retail digital order/technology service.

Notable practitioners

Michael Newman heads the practice and possesses an enviable reputation for alcohol licensing, advertising and IP matters. His clients include major alcoholic beverage providers. Clients say: "He is responsive, attentive and diligent. He knows the industry inside and out and is well respected by attorneys and regulators."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Houses significant capabilities, notably in wine law, when advising on regulatory investigations and representing clients in commercial disputes. Expertise stretches to compliance, licensing and labeling issues for US-based and international clients. Fields additional strength in trademark and IP matters within the alcoholic beverage space. Represents an enviable roster of clients including major companies that distribute luxury alcohol brands.

Strengths Clients say: "Their attorneys are recognized experts in the field."

Market insiders comment: "A very well-respected firm that handles complex cases."

Work highlights Has continued to provide California regulatory and administrative compliance advice to Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Advised Moët Hennessy USA in connection with a variety of issues associated with its e-commerce and retailer relationships.

Notable practitioners

James Seff co-leads the practice group and has an established track record of acting for wineries, breweries and distilleries on the full range of regulatory and litigation matters. Market commentators label him: "One of the foremost attorneys in the alcoholic beverage space" adding: "He understands the nuances and complexities of this system of law."

Carrie Bonnington concentrates her practice on alcoholic beverage licensing and regulation. She regularly advises beverage retailers on state and federal law concerning advertising, trade practice and marketing. Her clients enthuse: "She is absolutely outstanding. Carrie effortlessly balances legal recommendations against business realities, recognizes the importance of client relationships and is highly responsive."

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Buchman Law Firm, LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers expertise in state and federal regulatory matters, including franchising, trademarks and licensing. Noted for its work with domestic and international importers and distributors in the alcohol industry, offering experience handling US distribution agreements and import matters such as customs clearance.

Strengths Peers say: "a boutique practice that really specializes in alcoholic beverages."

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Bergman is a "very smart" and "very knowledgeable" lawyer according to commentators. He is well regarded by the market for advising alcoholic beverage providers at both state and federal level on a range of matters that include licensing and trade practice.

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Hinman & Carmichael LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates notable proficiency in the licensing, distribution and promotion of products in the alcohol industry. Adept in representing clients in proceedings in court, with experience in an array of criminal, civil and administrative cases. Areas of expertise also include trade practice compliance and advisory work for suppliers concerning methods of distribution. Clients include an array of alcoholic beverage companies including importers, retailers, wholesalers and producers.

Strengths Sources note that Hinman & Carmichael is "a fine boutique firm" that is "very strong in California."

Notable practitioners

John Hinman is the firm's founding partner with over two decades of experience acting for alcoholic beverage clients. He has an established practice advising wholesalers, retailers and importers in relation to licensing, production and other regulatory matters.

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Stoel Rives LLP - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice with particular prowess in advising on liquor licensing and compliance. Experience includes representing clients on advertising and distribution matters. Demonstrates additional knowledge working with private equity funds on acquisitions and advising on M&A regulatory compliance. Notable for representation of craft beer companies in the western US.

Strengths Clients find the team to be "detail-oriented, responsive and comprehensive."

Work highlights Managed the roll out of liquor licenses for Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery locations.

Assisted Anheuser-Busch Companies with strategic acquisitions and alcoholic beverage licensing and compliance matters across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Hermann attracts praise for his practice in matters involving the purchase, sale and production of distilleries, wineries and breweries. He is particularly highlighted for his knowledge of the wine industry.

Susan Johnson has a solid practice in advising a range of clients on advertising and licensing. She has expertise in acting for wine, beer and spirit producers on alcohol regulation and litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Stoel Rives LLP)

Our experienced attorneys help clients navigate laws governing alcohol manufacture, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising and marketing. We assist with M&A and real estate transactions, contracts, brand protection, environmental compliance, and provide vigorous defense in the face of disputes.

Our clients are domestic and international producers, importers, distributors, specialty retail and big box stores, restaurant and hotel chains, cruise lines and sports and entertainment concession companies. Each has distinct priorities that benefit from our understanding of industry issues and ability to work with regulators and national leadership as experienced beverage alcohol counsel.

We advise on:

  • Compliance with TTB and state ABC control regulations
  • M&A transaction negotiation, structuring and documentation
  • Trademark/brand protection
  • Labeling and advertising compliance and clearance; Lanham Act counsel; FTC
  • Environmental compliance and defense; waste/wastewater management and water rights
  • Attainment and defense of federal and state liquor licenses
  • Contracts with suppliers, bottlers and distributors including custom crush
  • Tax strategy and defense related to corporate transactions and import, export and multi-state operations
  • Corporate formation, structure and finance
  • Private equity and foreign investment in alcohol production and distribution
  • Land use, siting and permitting including conditional use permits
  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Business Succession Planning

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Strike & Techel - Food & Beverages: Alcohol Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Adept group for alcohol law, focusing on general regulatory advice and marketing issues. Breadth of experience also stretches to new developments in the industry, such as using technology in sales. Recognized capabilities in handling licensing issues for a varied client list including domestic and foreign importers, retailers and manufacturers. Regularly advises clients on trade relationships and practices.

Strengths Clients commend the team for its "quality all-around advice."

Notable practitioners

Barry Strike is well-regarded for acting for a plethora of clients including retailers and distillers. In particular, he focuses his practice on IP matters relating to trademarks.

Kristen Techel is knowledgeable in matters concerning nationwide alcoholic beverage advertising, internet sales models and regulatory compliance matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Richard P Mendelson

Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Mendelson of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty is widely regarded as an expert for matters relating to the wine industry. Clients say he is one of the "foremost attorneys" in this space and "a wizard at dealing with the many complex permitting laws for wineries."

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Star Individuals

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Sorini has a superb reputation nationwide for his expertise in the alcohol space. His practice incorporates the full range of regulatory and litigation matters, including distribution, trade practices, licensing and labeling. He is praised across the board by his clients: "He is a superstar; tremendously knowledgeable about alcoholic beverage" legal issues and "is incredibly accessible 24/7."

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Band 1

GrayRobinson, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Blau chairs the firm's food and beverage group and is widely regarded as a leading figure in the space. He has over two decades of experience handling alcoholic beverage licensing cases for domestic and international importers. Clients commend him as a "smart, practical lawyer with an outstanding grasp of alcohol law who is sensitive to cost issues."

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Hinman & Carmichael LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Hinman is the firm's founding partner with over two decades of experience acting for alcoholic beverage clients. He has an established practice advising wholesalers, retailers and importers in relation to licensing, production and other regulatory matters. 

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Newman heads the practice and possesses an enviable reputation for alcohol licensing, advertising and IP matters. His clients include major alcoholic beverage providers. Clients say: "He is responsive, attentive and diligent. He knows the industry inside and out and is well respected by attorneys and regulators."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Seff co-leads the practice group and has an established track record of acting for wineries, breweries and distilleries on the full range of regulatory and litigation matters. Market commentators label him: "One of the foremost attorneys in the alcoholic beverage space" adding: "He understands the nuances and complexities of this system of law."

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Nicholas J Bergman

Buchman Law Firm, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicholas Bergman is a "very smart" and "very knowledgeable" lawyer according to commentators. He is well regarded by the market for advising alcoholic beverage providers at both state and federal level on a range of matters that include licensing and trade practice.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur DeCelle is well respected for advising an impressive array of alcoholic beverage clients on complex regulatory and litigation matters. Clients say: "He is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. He provides us with solid advice and representation in distributor-related matters."

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Band 2

LewisFox

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Lewis of LewisFox recently founded the boutique alcoholic beverage firm. He has decades of experience representing importers, retailers and alcohol manufacturers in a host of matters, including regulatory compliance, M&A, litigation and trade practice. Market insiders praise him as "sensitive to the client's needs and the nuances of a complicated transaction. He is an excellent strategist."

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jesse Lyon advises a range of alcoholic beverage providers including wineries, distilleries and breweries on corporate transactions and regulatory matters. Clients enthuse: "Jesse is practical and responsive, as well as thoughtful, creative and knowledgeable."

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Webster Powell

From the Chambers USA guide

James Webster of Webster Powell is the firm's managing partner and is regarded highly for representing retailers and distributors in a range of regulatory and contentious matters.

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Carrie Bonnington

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carrie Bonnington concentrates her practice on alcoholic beverage licensing and regulation. She regularly advises beverage retailers on state and federal law concerning advertising, trade practice and marketing. Her clients enthuse: "She is absolutely outstanding. Carrie effortlessly balances legal recommendations against business realities, recognizes the importance of client relationships and is highly responsive."

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Christopher R Hermann

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Hermann attracts praise for his practice in matters involving the purchase, sale and production of distilleries, wineries and breweries. He is particularly highlighted for his knowledge of the wine industry.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Johnson has a solid practice in advising a range of clients on advertising and licensing. She has expertise in acting for wine, beer and spirit producers on alcohol regulation and litigation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Strike & Techel

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Strike is well-regarded for acting for a plethora of clients including retailers and distillers. In particular, he focuses his practice on IP matters relating to trademarks.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Strike & Techel

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristen Techel is knowledgeable in matters concerning nationwide alcoholic beverage advertising, internet sales models and regulatory compliance matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

GrayRobinson, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Grace Yang is well regarded for assisting clients with  regulatory advice and liquor licensing in a number of States. Her clients say: "Grace is extremely responsive and very efficient with her time."

^ See whole ranking table