Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Present Food Tour Webinar Series

Posted on February 26th, 2019

Danielle M. DeFilippis, Daniel R. Guadalupe, and Deanna L. Koestel, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present a three-part webinar series on important legal issues for food and beverage businesses, manufacturers, distributors; supermarkets; and restaurants.

The first part, the appetizer course, “Essential Contracts for Emerging and Established Food and Beverage Companies,” will be held Wednesday, March 6, noon – 1:00 p.m., available through Zoom Meeting. This webinar will include a primer on essential contracts for a food and beverage business such as equipment leases, vendor contracts, co-packing, distribution and supply agreements, and assignment and licensing agreements for intellectual property. Also discussed will be key provisions to include in those agreements, such as confidentiality and indemnity, as well as a few negotiation strategies and pitfalls to avoid. For more information and to register, please click here.

DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property matters 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. DeFilippis 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 for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Mark. DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Guadalupe provides “outside” general counsel advice and representation to two large food manufacturers located in New Jersey and New York City. Over the years, he has counseled several clients in the food industry, including restaurants, supermarkets, distributors, and manufacturers. He has drafted, revised, and negotiated many distribution agreements, equipment purchase, and lease agreements, as well as vendors’ terms and conditions. He is also a litigator and the Co-Chair of Norris McLaughlin’s Litigation Practice Group. Guadalupe has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey Disciplinary Oversight Committee and Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Federal Courts and was a member of the Merit Selection Panel for Selection of U.S. Magistrates, the Local Federal Rules Revision Committee, and the District XIII Ethics Committee for the Office of Attorney Ethics. He was also on the Board of Trustees of CentraState Hospital in Freehold, New Jersey, for four years. Guadalupe is also a former president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and was General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association for two different presidents. He was appointed by Governor Christie in 2011 to serve as an advisor to the New Jersey Hispanic Center for Policy & Research until 2013. Guadalupe earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Columbia College.

Koestel is a commercial litigator and business law attorney who focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation, shareholder disputes, and general business law matters in New Jersey and New York. She has represented clients in a variety of industries with significant experience in the food and beverage, construction, and health care industries. She has represented both companies and individuals in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, supermarkets, winemakers, distilleries, wholesalers, importers, and producers. Koestel has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes. She also regularly counsels clients regarding business law matters and contracts. She is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s construction law blog, Building on Legal Blocks. Koestel earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1999.