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  • Sep 30, 2019NALCP Annual Conference

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is proud to sponsor the 2019 National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP) Associate Member Annual Conference. Each year NALCP sponsors an annual conference that features guest speakers from the licensing and compliance industry including liquor licensing legal professionals, consultants, service providers, governmental representatives, and State and National restaurant association spokespersons.

    This year’s trade show is Wednesday, October 16 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Aspen Ballroom. Stop by booth 17 to visit a few attorneys of our Liquor Law Practice Group.

    When: October 16 – 18, 2019

    Where: Grand Hyatt Denver

    1750 Welton Street
    Denver, CO 8022

    For more information and to register, please click here.

    Please note: If you are not currently a Member or Associate Member and/or represent a regulatory agency involved alcohol beverage licensing and are interested in additional information, please contact us at  for further details. 
    If you are a Member or Associate Member and looking for registration details, please CLICK HERE.

    Posted in: Events, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, Theodore J. Zeller III | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 30, 2019Ted Zeller and Matt Andersen to Present at Brewers of PA Mid Atlantic Brewers Symposium

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, and General Counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), and Matthew B. Andersen, an Associate of the firm, will present “Pennsylvania Liquor Law Legal Update” on Friday, September 6, 8:45 – 9:30 a.m., at the Days Inn Penn State in State College. Zeller’s presentation will include participation from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue concerning the recent changes to the Pennsylvania Tax Code affecting breweries. Andersen will address changes to the laws affecting Pennsylvania breweries, including common regulatory mistakes to avoid in the operation of their businesses.

    “Pennsylvania is one of the best beer states, if not the best beer state, in the United States. It’s been my pleasure to be a part of this journey for breweries in Pennsylvania and I look forward to continuing our work, starting with providing fellow BOP members with this liquor law legal update, including the latest on the new sales tax law,” said Zeller.

    The update is part of the 5th Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium, “The Business of Brewing. The Science of Brewing. The Network of Brewers.,” to take place September 5-7. Also included will be educational seminars, a welcome reception with industry exhibitors, a networking happy hour at Liberty Craft House, and a Penn State Tailgate for BOP Brewery and Associate Members with state legislators. Discussion topics include sales and profits, finance and accounting, branding and marketing, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, fermentation, and liquor law. For more information and to register as a BOP member, non-member licensed brewer, or homebrewer, visit the BOP website.

    Zeller has extensive experience in liquor law, regulatory licensing, commercial transactions, 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 now serves as counsel to D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., among others.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code. He has authored numerous provisions that have been enacted into law. The bills helped small brewers by allowing more efficient and cost-effective brand registration, as well as altered the package laws for brewery licenses. Zeller also appeared before the House Liquor Committee with the Brewers of Pennsylvania in the Privatization Hearings. Most importantly, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for tap rooms. Zeller authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit legislation and has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166. As counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania, he worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to enact a new tax law, which imposes a fair sales and use tax on consumer sales by breweries, prior to the effective date of a new Tax Bulletin, which imposed a tax rate that was four times what was subsequently enacted and signed into law.

    Zeller counsels clients on the acquisition of liquor licenses and coordinates liquor license transactions with other practice areas, such as real estate, business law, financing, tax law, intellectual property, and litigation. He has helped numerous startup breweries, wineries, distilleries, and retailers. Known throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Zeller 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 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. As a volunteer, Zeller is Chairman of the Allentown Parking Authority and youth soccer coach.

    Andersen works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. He assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Andersen is experienced in drafting and negotiating distribution agreements between alcohol manufacturers and distributors to assist manufacturers in expanding the reach of their brands. Additionally, he has worked with nonprofit organizations and event planners on obtaining temporary alcohol permits for various events. Andersen takes pride in helping new and veteran alcohol businesses navigate the complex regulatory framework of state and federal liquor laws, as well as helping them establish and grow their brands on a state and national level.

    Andersen’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry. He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between. Whether it is, among other things, entity selection, drafting operational business documents, lease review, real estate acquisitions, zoning issues, and alcohol licensing/permitting, Andersen can assist you in turning your ideas into a successful business. He takes great pleasure in assisting dreamers, no matter what age, in preparing their business for future success.

    Andersen earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 2012 and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2015. As a young professional, Andersen feels it is important to give back to the community. He is an assistant lacrosse coach at Northwestern Lehigh High School and enjoys teaching the knowledge, experience, and lessons taught to him throughout his life to the young people in our community.

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

  • 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.

    Posted in: Andrew D. Linden, Business Law, Danielle M. DeFilippis, Food & Beverage Law, Intellectual Property, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, News, Theodore J. Zeller III | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • 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.

    Posted in: Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, News, Theodore J. Zeller III | Tags: , , ,

  • 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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