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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.

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  • 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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  • Apr 06, 2017Theodore J. Zeller III to Participate in Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, will participate in the Spring 2017 Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry in Santa Rosa, California, May 16-18.

    In America, 1 in 5 kids struggle with hunger.  No Kid Hungry, a campaign of Share Our Strength, the national anti-hunger organization, is pushing to end childhood hunger by ensuring that kids start the day  off right with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need in order to shop and cook on a budget.

    Chefs Cycle is a fundraising endurance event, in which award-winning chefs and members of the culinary community complete a three-day, 300-mile ride, while raising money and awareness for a great cause.  Every dollar can help to create up to ten healthy meals; therefore the goal this year of the 250+ riders is to raise $2 million to provide 20 million meals to children facing hunger.  To learn more about Chefs Cycle, and to do what you can to help end childhood hunger in America, please visit www.chefscycle.org, and be sure to look for team Wheels of Thyme, led by Lee Chizmar, chef at Bolete Restaurant in Bethlehem and Mr. Lee’s Noodles in Easton, semifinalist of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Best Chefs in America, and originally from the Allentown area.  Zeller is proud to join Chizmar’s team and donations can be made to Wheels of Thyme or under Zeller’s name.

    “What a wonderful charity to support.  I am excited to push my limits and honored to ride with some amazing people to play our role in ending childhood hunger in America,” said Zeller.

    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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  • Sep 09, 2016Ted Zeller to Speak at Brewers of Pennsylvania 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, will speak at the Brewers of Pennsylvania 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium on Friday, September 30, at Artsquest Center at Steel Stacks.  To RSVP, please visit http://www.brewersofpa.org/event/mid-atlantic-brewers-symposium/.

    The Brewers of Pennsylvania is a group of motivated entrepreneurs and well-known manufacturers that embrace the countless traditions and history of Pennsylvania brewing.  The symposium features ten 45 minute seminars by leaders of the craft brewing industry.  With the science and business of brewing as the main focus, participants will be offered valuable insight and resources, as well as an interesting outlook on Pennsylvania’s constant evolution of the craft beer landscape.

    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.  Zeller 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.

    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, 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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  • Aug 15, 2016Zeller to Speak to Northampton and Lehigh Valley E License Holders

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, will speak at E License Seminar hosted by Liquor License Sales PA-NJ in Bethlehem on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  This program is geared towards E License holders in Northampton and Lehigh Valley counties.

    “June of this year, due to the signing of Act 39, has caused Pennsylvania to see dramatic changes.  This seminar will provide an opportunity for members to learn about new advances in the industry and share in camaraderie with their peers,” said Zeller.

    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.  Zeller 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.

    Liquor License Sales PA-NJ finds buyers and sellers of liquor licenses in the Eastern and Central area of Pennsylvania and throughout all of New Jersey.  They represent a wide range of alcoholic beverage licensees in all segments of the industry, from national restaurant chains looking in different areas to expand their business, to individuals who may be looking to fulfill their dreams of owning a bar, restaurant, or other business requiring a liquor license.

    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.  In addition, he 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, 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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  • Jan 22, 2016Zeller to Host Legal Q&A at Brewers of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will host Legal Q&A at the 2016 Brewers of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting in Harrisburg on Monday, January 25, 2016.

    “There is an ever-changing landscape to the rules and regulations surrounding branding, labelling, distribution and licensing affecting the brewing industry.  The past year in Pennsylvania saw dramatic changes. This meeting always provides an opportunity for members to learn about new advances in the industry and share in camaraderie with their peers,” said Zeller.

    The Brewers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a non-profit association, creates an opportunity for members, comprising Pennsylvania-based brewers, to unify and protect their common and individual interests.  It employs agents to collect information of value to members regarding pending legislation that could affect the industry.  The association upholds the nobility of brewing and holds dear the great traditions and history of brewing in Pennsylvania.

    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. Zeller 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 various 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. In addition, he 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, 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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  • Sep 28, 2015Zeller to Present at Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a presenter at  Brewers of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium. The two-day event, to be held on October 9 -10 at Artsquest Center at Steel Stacks, will feature ten 45-minute seminars by leaders of the craft brewing industry. In his sessions, Zeller will co-present “Contract Brewing Operations & Legal Pitfalls” and “Getting Hitched: Choosing a Distributor, Distributor Agreements + Franchise Law Primer.”

    The symposium is open to licensed brewers, home brewers, beer advocates, and industry supporters. Please visit www.brewersofpa.org/event/mid-atlantic-brewers-symposium/to register.

    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. Zeller 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.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize various parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code and he has authored numerous provisions which have been enacted into law.  Most recently, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for tap rooms. In addition, he 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, 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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