The brewing and distilling industries are rapidly growing, but complex state and federal regulations are ever-present obstacles to startups and established businesses alike. This online seminar will teach you how to help your clients build a solid business; minimize liability; and navigate the licensing, labeling, and tax reporting challenges along the way. You will also learn how to effectively protect your client's intellectual property, avoid legal landmines in advertising, and receive valuable tips for negotiating distribution agreements. Enhance your understanding of this unique area of law - register today!
Advise your client on business entity selection, insurance, financing, and more.
Effectively navigate licensing and label approval procedures.
Confidently advise your clients on state and federal regulations and tax reporting requirements.
Receive beneficial advice for drafting distribution agreements.
Ensure clients design compliant advertisements.
Understand the nuances of protecting the intellectual property of breweries and distilleries.
Anticipate and learn how to appropriately manage the different ethical situations that can arise.
Unique Legal Issues in an Intensely Regulated Industry
Alexander Grelli is a flavor monger with an affinity for operations. He leads production and operations at Wigle Whiskey Distillery | Threadbare Cider & Mead. His love of craft spirits and wines was the spark that inspired the Meyer Grelli family to start Wigle Whiskey Distillery and Threadbare Cider & Mead. Prior to co-founding these companies, Mr. Grelli was an attorney at Reed Smith and before that a jury research consultant. During his time in law school, he worked for a legal clinic that aided small businesses and budding entrepreneurs. Mr. Grelli has been named a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist and an Imbibe 75 Beverage Professionals to Watch. He has also spoken on brewery and distillery taxation issues in the past. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where he met his wife and business partner.
Cristopher C. Hoel is an attorney with Hoel Law Office in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he focuses his practice on business, litigation, communications and media, and franchising. He has also spoken on brewery and distillery taxation issues in the past. Mr. Hoel earned his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Carter Hoel is a commercial litigator and business lawyer who represents a wide range of small to medium size businesses at OGC Law, LLC. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial issues such as business entity formation, maintenance, and counseling; negotiation and documentation of transactions; arbitration and mediation; and federal and state civil litigation. Mr. Hoel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and of its School of Law.
Steven Levy has been in practice for over 30 years. Mr. Levy's experience in the field of intellectual property law has been quite broad including representation of a regional brewery based in Philadelphia. He has also been in-house intellectual property counsel to the Home Depot and Sony Corporation (Tokyo). Mr. Levy has handled tasks as varied as building an international portfolio of trademarks, copyrights and patents; negotiating and drafting sponsorship, licensing, and joint-venture agreements; enforcing and defending his clients' rights through negotiation and litigation; and creating and presenting many educational programs on intellectual property law. In recent years, he has developed a particular focus on trademark and copyright disputes involving internet domain names, social media content, and other online activity. Mr. Levy received his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and his B.S. degree from SUNY at Buffalo, New York. He is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia and serves on the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association.
Aaron H. Weiss is the director of the law firm of Zimmer Kunz, PLLC in Pittsburgh. Mr. Weiss practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense and litigation, liquor liability litigation, construction litigation, tort litigation, and a variety of issues in federal court. He has assisted with representation of both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Weiss earned his B.A. degree from George Washington University and his J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, is the chair of the Young Lawyer Division of the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, an associate member of the Brewers of Pennsylvania, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association.
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