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  • May 23, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak on Brewery and Distillery Law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

    Theodore J. Zeller III, Danielle M. DeFilippis, Andrew D. Linden, and Matthew B. Andersen, attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Brewery and Distillery Law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey” at a training seminar hosted by the National Business Institute on Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Valley Forge.

    The speakers will present ways to help clients understand the complex world of alcohol manufacturing and distribution; minimize liability; and navigate the licensing, labeling and tax reporting challenges along the way. They will also discuss how to effectively protect client’s intellectual property, avoid legal landmines in advertising, and give valuable tips for negotiating distribution agreements. Topics include brewery and distillery business entity selection, formation, finance and insurance; licensing, labeling, and regulatory compliance; federal and state tax reporting requirements; negotiating/drafting brewery and distillery contracts; intellectual property and advertising; and ethics. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Zeller, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, is experienced in liquor law, regulatory licensing, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, and litigation. He was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers and is General Counsel to Brewers of Pennsylvania.  Known throughout Pennsylvania, he also represents beer interests on a national level and advises breweries and wholesalers on state regulatory matters involving beer distribution and franchise laws. He regularly prepares distribution agreements for his clients, and coordinates state and federal licensing for manufacturing and national distribution. Zeller has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges. He is General Counsel to D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc.; represents alcohol interests in every category; and has helped numerous start-up breweries, wineries, distilleries, and retailers.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Allentown Parking Authority. Zeller is an author of the firm’s liquor law blog, Legal Liquor. He earned his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

    DeFilippis, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, focuses her practice on intellectual property prosecution and litigation. She represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation, from commencement through trial, and regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and alternative resolution forums. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, and cosmetics. She has handled cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes.  She is an author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Ma®k.  DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Linden, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Cannabis Law Industry Group, counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in all facets of their business. These include 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. Linden provides guidance with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients on federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. He assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing, such as initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes in ownership, and related disclosures, distribution, and general business operations such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping. He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain with compliance and business law issues. He is an author for the firm’s liquor law blog, Legal Liquor, and cannabis law blog, Legally Grown. Linden attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude.  He earned his B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University.

    Andersen, an Associate of the firm, concentrates his practice on liquor law and business law. In his liquor law practice, he works with breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, complying with liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  Andersen represents national restaurant chains and hospitality companies with regard to their Pennsylvania locations in all aspects of their liquor licenses and acquisitional counseling.  He also works with numerous alcohol manufacturers to bring their dreams and ideas of operating a brewery, distillery, or winery to a reality, advising them through the planning, licensing and operation stages.  Additionally, Andersen has worked with licensees, nonprofit organizations, and event planners on obtaining temporary alcohol permits for events. He also is experienced in drafting and negotiating distribution agreements between alcohol manufacturers and distributors in many states to help them expand the reach of their brands.  He also works with alcohol manufacturers on obtaining federal Certificate of Label Approvals and formula approval for their products.  Andersen is an author of the firm’s liquor law blog, Legal Liquor, and won a JD Supra “Reader’s Choice Award” in 2018 for his contributions. He is an assistant lacrosse coach at Northwestern Lehigh High School. He earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, and his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Oct 05, 2018Norris McLaughlin to Present at Mid Atlantic Brewers Symposium

    Theodore J. Zeller III and Matthew B. Andersen, attorneys at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be presenters at The Brewers of Pennsylvania 4th Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium. The event will be held at the Days Inn Penn State on October 11-12. For more information and to register, click here.

    This event features twelve, 45-minute seminars featuring leaders of the craft brewing industry. With the science of brewing and business of brewing as the focus, attendees will be given valuable resources and insight, plus a unique perspective on Pennsylvania’s ever-changing craft beer landscape. October 12, Zeller will present “2019 Sales Tax & Craft Beer Legal Updates,” including a special presentation from Andersen on the new U.S. Department of Agriculture audits, 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

    Zeller, Chair of the firm’s Liquor Law Practice Group, has extensive experience in liquor law, regulatory licensing, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, and litigation. He was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers, and is General Counsel to Brewers of Pennsylvania.  Known throughout Pennsylvania, he also represents beer interests on a national level and advises breweries and wholesalers on state regulatory matters involving beer distribution and franchise laws. He regularly prepares distribution agreements for his clients, and coordinates state and federal licensing for manufacturing and national distribution. Zeller has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges. He is General Counsel to D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc., represents alcohol interests in every category and has helped numerous start-up breweries, wineries, distilleries, and retailers.  He presently serves as Chairman of the Allentown Parking Authority. Zeller is an author on the firm’s Liquor Law Blog. He earned his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

    Andersen concentrates his practice on liquor law and business law. In his liquor law practice, he works with breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, complying with liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  Andersen represents national restaurant chains and hospitality companies with regard to their Pennsylvania locations in all aspects related to their liquor licenses and acquisitional counseling.  He also works with numerous alcohol manufacturers to bring their dreams and ideas of operating a brewery, distillery or winery to a reality, and advising through the planning, licensing and operation stages to bring those dreams to reality.  Additionally, Andersen has worked with licensees, nonprofit organizations and event planners on obtaining temporary alcohol permits for various events. He also is experienced in drafting and negotiating distribution agreements between alcohol manufacturers and distributors in many states to assist manufacturers in expanding the reach of their brands.  He also works with alcohol manufactures on obtaining federal Certificate of Label Approvals and formula approval for their products.  Andersen is an author for the firm’s Liquor Law Blog, and won a JD Supra Reader’s Choice Award in 2018 for his contributions to the blog. He is an assistant lacrosse coach at Northwestern Lehigh High School. He earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, and his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Posted in: Business Law, Economic Development Law, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Litigation, Matthew B. Andersen, News, Theodore J. Zeller III | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • Sep 19, 2017Theodore J. Zeller III to Present Webinar for Philadelphia Small Business Administration

    Theodore J. Zeller, III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, will present a webinar for Philadelphia’s office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Thursday, September 21, at 9 AM.  He will discuss loans for liquor licenses and help participants understand complicated issues in having a liquor license act as collateral for a loan, the process to perfect a lien on a liquor license, and more.  The SBA hosts a webinar for lenders every third Thursday of each month.

    Zeller focuses his practice on alcoholic beverage law, commercial transactions including related real estate transactions, and litigation.  He began his legal career as a litigator and has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges.  He was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers, and serves as outside general counsel to Yuengling Brewery and Brewers of Pennsylvania, among others.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code, and he has authored numerous provisions that have been enacted into law.  Most recently, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for tap rooms and he authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit Legislation.  Further, he has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166, and his Liquor Law Blog can be found at www.nmmlaw.com/nmmliquorlawblog/.

    In addition, Zeller advises alcohol manufacturers on state and federal law, regulatory compliance, and distribution issues.  He also counsels clients on the acquisition of liquor licenses on the open market and coordinates liquor license transactions with other practice areas, such as real estate, corporate and business law, employment law, intellectual property, financing, tax law, and litigation.

    Zeller earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 1992.

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  • Feb 02, 2017Theodore J. Zeller to Speak at PBI’s Alcohol Law Program

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, will speak at Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Alcohol Law program on Tuesday, February 21, at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia.  This is the first PBI Alcohol Program in more than a decade and Ted is one of three attorneys selected to speak at the program.  The topic to be discussed will be “Alcohol Distribution Contracts and Franchise Law.”  The program will qualify for four substantive Continuing Legal Education credits.

    Zeller focuses his practice on alcoholic beverage law, commercial transactions including related real estate transactions, and litigation.  He began his legal career as a litigator and has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges.  He was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers, and serves as outside general counsel to Yuengling Brewery and Brewers of Pennsylvania, among others.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code, and he has authored numerous provisions that have been enacted into law.  Most recently, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for tap rooms and he authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit Legislation. Further, he has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166 and his Liquor Law Blog can be found here: nmmlaw.com/nmmliquorlawblog/.

    In addition, Zeller advises alcohol manufacturers on state and federal law, regulatory compliance, and distribution issues. He also counsels clients on the acquisition of liquor licenses on the open market and coordinates liquor license transactions with other practice areas, such as real estate, corporate and business law, employment law, intellectual property, financing, tax law, and litigation.

    Zeller earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 1992.

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  • Oct 20, 2016Andrew D. Linden to Speak at Brewery and Distillery Law in New Jersey Training Seminar

    Andrew D. Linden, an Associate of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at the Brewery and Distillery Law in New Jersey Training Seminar sponsored by The National Business Institute.  Linden will discuss “Brewery and Distillery Business Entity Selection, Formation, Finance and Insurance.”  The seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Cherry Hill on Monday, December 12, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    The course will discuss how to build a solid business, minimize liability, and navigate the licensing, labeling, and tax reporting challenges along the way.  Attendees will receive help to effectively protect intellectual property, avoid legal landmines in advertising, and negotiate distribution agreements.  For more information or to register, visit the NBI’s web site at www.nbi-sems.com.

    A resident of Caldwell, Linden assists alcoholic beverage manufacturers and retailers with licensing and product labeling.  He has represented a craft distillery and limited brewery with license applications and provided guidance to brewers with respect to federal bottle labeling requirements and state distribution laws.

    Linden received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall School of Law in 2007.  He earned his B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

    Our Liquor Law Group at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., handles all issues related to liquor law, such as licensing, litigation, business planning, and transactional counseling, including U.S. Small Business Administration loans and more.  Our representation of breweries and wholesalers involves national issues concerning beer distribution rights.  We have close working relationships with officials in local and state regulatory agencies as well as lobbying and special interest groups.  Our clients include brewers, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels.

    We have litigated complex commercial cases involving beer franchise laws.  Our litigation experience also includes representation in liquor license violation cases specific to issues, such as serving alcohol to minors, serving alcohol after hours, occupancy violations, health and safety code violations, noise violations, and nuisance bar program designations.

    Our attorneys understand the complexities of obtaining a liquor license in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  We represent clients in all types of license-related matters, including license renewal, license validation, transfer of a liquor license and compliance with all applicable liquor regulations and laws.

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