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Brewing and distillery industries are rapidly growing, but the complexity of business transactions and regulations are ever-present obstacles to start-ups and established breweries alike. In this legal guide, experienced faculty will teach you how to guide your brewery and/or distillery clients through the industries' business aspects and navigate the maze of tax compliance, registration and labeling regulations. You will also learn how to effectively protect your client's intellectual property and receive valuable tips for negotiating an array of brewery and distillery contracts like distribution, licensing agreements and more. Order today!
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MARTHA ENGEL is an intellectual property attorney with Winthrop & Weinstine PA, who advises inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and companies of all sizes on protecting their intellectual property assets. She helps clients guard their competitive advantage and add value to their business by obtaining, maintaining, and enforcing intellectual property rights. Ms. Engel counsels clients on all matters related to intellectual property, including clearing trademarks, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, obtaining trademark registrations, conducting due diligence reviews regarding intellectual property in corporate transactions, enforcing trademark rights, and assisting with patent litigation. She has drafted and prosecuted patent applications on a variety of technologies, including mechanical and manufacturing devices, materials, medical devices, sporting goods, packaging, electronics, and software. Ms. Engel has experience working with foreign associates to prosecute applications both in the U.S. and abroad. She also has experience preparing patent infringement options. Ms. Engel has extensive experience assisting craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries regarding the protection and enforcement of their trademark rights. She is a member of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, as well as the Minnesota State and Hennepin County bar associations. Ms. Engel earned her B.S. degree from Marquette University and her J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
ADAM P. GISLASON is counsel with Fox Rothschild LLP. Mr. Gislason provides comprehensive legal services and business advice to individuals, startups, songwriters, filmmakers, recording, performance, and legacy artists and their estates. With over 15 years combined experience as a transactional lawyer, litigator, entrepreneur, and front man of a touring indie rock band, Mr. Gislason brings an empathetic, energetic, and efficient approach to help his clients achieve their dreams and business goals. On the deal-making side, he negotiates and handles transactions involving all aspects of content creation, distribution, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. His entertainment law practice includes music, film, reality television, internet and social media platforms, crowdfunding, e-commerce, and software as a service (SaaS). Drawing from his experience as songwriter and founder of his own firm, Mr. Gislason has a knack for building brand awareness and cutting to the chase. He also uses his extensive experience as a high-stakes, commercial and intellectual property litigator to help his clients proactively protect their businesses and improve the bottom line. Mr. Gislason is admitted to practice in Minnesota and California; and selected to the list of Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016. He is the former chair of the Arts & Entertainment Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2015-2016), and a panelist on various intellectual property matters, including “Avoid Startup Shutdown to Raise Capital,” SXSW Interactive 2016 and “Protecting Your Secret Sauce from Inside Jobs and Outside Risks” SXSW Interactive 2017. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Concordia College; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
BENJAMIN J. KLASSEN is an attorney with Winthrop & Weinstine PA practicing mergers and acquisitions, and franchise transactions. Mr. Klassen received his B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas; his M.B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management; and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
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. His 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. He was named as one of the 40 Under Forty in 2014 by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.