Handle Legal Issues in the Alcoholic Beverage Business
Starting an alcoholic beverage business presents the aspiring brewer, distiller or winemaker with an enormous challenge. From obtaining licenses and permits, to financing facilities and expensive equipment, to navigating complex state and federal rules and regulations, each decision must be made with care. Do you have the information you need to help your clients get their small businesses off the ground? Our experienced faculty will equip you with the tools you need to navigate the most common legal issues alcoholic beverage producers will encounter. Explore the essentials of alcoholic beverage law - register today!
Review the regulatory framework of alcohol law and identify key federal and state agencies.
Learn how to obtain the necessary licenses and approvals from the TTB and other regulators.
Avoid costly mistakes related to alcoholic beverage labeling and trademarks.
Gain insight into how to overcome unique financing challenges faced by breweries, distilleries and vineyards.
Handle distribution challenges and negotiate agreements with wholesalers and other retailers.
Alcohol Law Regulatory Framework
How to Start a Brewery
How to Start a Distillery
How to Start a Winery
Bringing Alcoholic Beverages to Market: Distribution Agreements and More
D. TAYLOR HARPER is a shareholder in the Atlanta, Georgia firm of Taylor, Feil, Harper & Lumsden P.C., where his practice focuses primarily on regulatory compliance and litigation in the beverage alcohol and cannabis industries at the federal, state, and local levels. Mr. Harper’s practice encompasses assisting clients in all phases of operations, including start-up, structuring, and governance; licensing and permitting; franchise regulation; trade practices regulation; promotions regulation (including regulation of point of sale materials and consumer specialty advertising); brand and label regulation; trademark; taxation (including excise taxes and sales-and-use taxes); importation; contracts (e.g., distribution, supply-chain, IP, production services); and related real estate, leasing, and landlord-tenant matters. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Mr. Harper is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Georgia State University and his J.D. degree from Georgia State University College of Law. Additionally, Mr. Harper is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University College of Law where he teaches a course on beverage-alcohol law.
JEFFREY C. O'BRIEN is a partner with Chestnut Cambronne PA, and serves as general counsel to a wide variety of small and closely held businesses, as well as real estate investors and developers. He has significant experience working with craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries on an array of issues, including entity formation, financing, real estate matters, intellectual property protection, operational issues, and distribution contracts. Mr. O'Brien's clients also include real estate agents, developers and investors, community banks, title companies, restaurant operators, manufacturing companies, franchised businesses, retired professional athletes, financial advisors, insurance agents, and consulting businesses. He is certified as a real property law specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. A frequent lecturer and writer, Mr. O’Brien has presented and written articles on a variety of business and real estate topics. He is a regular guest on several radio shows and podcasts. Mr. O’Brien has been listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer every year since 2013. Previously he had been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers every year since 2008, a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of all attorneys in Minnesota. Mr. O'Brien was named as one of the 40 Under Forty in 2014 by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. He received his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.
PETER H. SCHELSTRAETE is an attorney at Schelstraete Law Offices in Phoenix. In addition to drafting Arizona’s Craft Distillery Statutes, Mr. Schelstraete primarily has practiced in the areas of liquor law and liquor law litigation for more than 25 years. He represents Fortune 50 companies to mom and pop operations with all matters relating to liquor law including complex license applications, license maintenance, legal opinions interpreting liquor laws, purchasing and vetting transferable liquor licenses, and providing advanced management training. He also litigates on behalf of licensees in Administrative and Liquor Board Hearings, Lower Court of Appeals, Special Actions, state and city liquor license seizure proceedings, criminal cases involving liquor law, and in the Arizona Court of Appeals with two published opinions favorable to the Arizona liquor industry. Mr. Schelstraete wrote a monthly column for the Arizona Beverage Analyst on liquor law related topics for more than 20 years. He received his J.D. degree from Arizona State University College of Law and was a certified public accountant in Illinois prior to law school.
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