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Andrew D. Linden focuses his practice on litigating and resolving business disputes, representing clients in the alcoholic beverage and cannabis industries, and providing general business law advice.

Andrew handles complex commercial litigation matters such as shareholder disputes in closely-held companies, landlord/tenant actions, products liability and warranty claims, breach of contract actions, construction claims, and property tax appeals.

Andrew counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers with all facets of their business. This includes licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling. He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality. Andrew provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, and advises clients with respect to federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes. He also has experience helping clients navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. Andrew contributes to the firm’s Liquor Law Blog, which highlights legal and business issues affecting clients that make, sell, or distribute beer, wine, and spirits.

Andrew also brings his experience of representing clients in highly regulated industries to the firm’s Cannabis Law Group. He assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors with navigating complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing (such as initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes to ownership, and related disclosures), distribution, and general business operations (such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping). Andrew regularly assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain regarding compliance and business law issues.

Andrew has successfully represented business owners in shareholder disputes, including representing a physician against his former medical practice in a nine-day jury trial, resulting in a significant award in favor of the client. He regularly defends product liability, breach of warranty, and consumer fraud claims for various companies including window manufacturers.  He also handles property tax appeals for the firm’s clients.

Andrew also regularly handles construction litigations, such as prosecuting and defending construction defect lawsuits and construction lien claims, including representing contractors in connection with Metlife Stadium and the project formerly known as Xanadu.  Andrew ‘s construction litigation experience also includes solar power matters, such as disputes arising out of engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPCs), and related purchase power agreements (PPAs) and leases.  This experience has also helped him advise clients in solar power contracting matters to help avoid litigation in the future.

Andrew’s diverse experience allows him to identify and address legal issues for his clients in a variety of practice areas.  Having litigated numerous commercial matters, he appreciates the need for proactive planning in an effort to minimize the chance of costly litigation, but is ready to actively pursue his client’s claims when necessary.

Prior to joining the firm, Andrew served as a judicial clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, for the Hon. Harvey Weissbard (ret.) and the Hon. Rudy B. Coleman (ret.).  While attending Seton Hall University School of Law, Andrew interned for the Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise, U.S.S.D.J., was a senior editor of the Seton Hall Law Review, and was selected as a member of the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board.

Andrew currently serves as a trustee of the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy, which supports Essex County’s Grover Cleveland Park, and is an active member of the Lehigh Lawyers Association.  He has previously served on the Executive Committee for Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Andrew has been included in New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, for Business Litigation from 2013 to 2017.

Articles

Blog - Liquor Law Blog

Let Everyone Know They Can Bring Their Own Bottle: New Jersey Ban on BYOB Advertising Deemed Unconstitutional

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Industry Should Take Advantage of The Tax Amnesty Program

Shake-Up at the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control: Graziano to Replace Rible as Director

Proposed Bill in Response to NJ ABC’s Special Ruling

Beer Backlash: Pressure From New Jersey Legislators Leads to Special Ruling Being Placed on Hold

New Opportunities for Liquor Licenses in Monmouth County

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Special Ruling Clarifying Privileges for Craft Brewers – Part 2: Permitted Activities

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Special Ruling Clarifying Privileges for Craft Brewers – Part 1: Overview

I’m Exempt from COLA Registration and Only Sell My Product in My State – Am I Exempt from Formula Approval?

Beer and Marijuana Don’t Mix

I’m an Out-Of-State Distributor and I’m Being Sued in New Jersey?

Mango Peach Ale? Coconut Clove Stout? – TTB Formula Approval and Labeling for Alternative Ingredients and Brewing Processes

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Bills to Watch 2018 – Part 2: Craft Breweries 

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Bills to Watch 2018 – Part 1: Craft Distillers

More Time For Travelers to Get a Drink at Some NJ Airports

TTB Guidance for Payment of Excise Taxes After The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Making Craft Beer and Spirits Great Again

TTB Guidelines for Advertising Alcoholic Beverages on Social Media

New Jersey Amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to Address the Manufacture and Sale of Hard Cider and Mead – Part 2: Wineries and MABPA.

New Jersey Amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to Address the Manufacture and Sale of Hard Cider and Mead – Part 1: The Cidery and meadery license.

TTB Releases Results of Annual Sampling Program: Many Common Label Violations Can Easily Be Avoided

Brand Registration and COLAs for New Jersey (only) Sales

TTB Releases 2017 Semi-Monthly & Quarterly Excise Tax Return Due Dates

Pairing Dinners by New Jersey BYOBs: Did I inadvertently sell alcohol?

(TAP)ping into the NJ Craft Brewery Market

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Publications

  • “Interesting Issues in the Construction Lien Law & Mechanic’s Lien Law in NJ & NY,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, February 21, 2018
  • “Brewery and Distillery Business Entity Selection, Formation, Finance and Insurance,” The National Business Institute, Holiday Inn Cherry Hill, NJ, December 1, 2016
  • Panelist, Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion, Seton Hall University School of Law, NJ, March 31, 2009

Andrew D. Linden was selected to the 2017 Rising Stars Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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