Brewery and Distillery Law in Pennsylvania

Matthew B. Andersen, and David C. Berger, Associates of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the full-day webinar, “Brewery and Distillery Law in Pennsylvania,” hosted by the National Business Institute. Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice Group, will join them for one presentation.

Brewery and Distillery Law in Pennsylvania

This program is meant for attorneys, paralegals, accountants, tax preparers, bankers, loan officers, and brewery owners and operators. Discussion topics will include:

  • Advertisements
  • Business entity selection
  • Contracts
  • Ethical situations
  • Financing
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing and label approval procedures
  • State and federal regulations
  • Tax reporting requirements

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Matt and David will present the following:

  • “Licensing, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance” 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
  • “Federal and State Tax Reporting Requirements” 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • “Negotiating/Drafting Brewery and Distillery Contracts” 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
  • “Intellectual Property and Advertising” 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. with Danielle
  • “Walking the Ethical Line” 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


This program costs $399.00 and is available via live online format, on-demand video, or DVD.

  • NJ CLE: 7.2 Credits
    • Ethics: 1.2 Credits
  • NY CLE: 7 Credits
    • Ethics: 1 Credit
    • Areas of Professional Practice: 6 Credits
  • PA CLE: 6 Credits
    • Ethics: 1 Credit
  • CPE for Accountants/NASBA: 7 Credits
    • Regulatory Ethics: 1 Credit
    • Taxes: 1 Credit
    • Business Law: 5 Credits

About Matt Andersen

Matt concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.

In his liquor law practice, Matt 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. Matt has presented at numerous events held by the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade organization on subjects such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for alcohol manufacturers, legal updates affecting the industry members, and general compliance. Additionally, he has presented to a local and national audience on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Federal laws affecting brewery and distillery businesses. Matt is a frequent contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Liquor Law Blog, Legal Liquor, and has been quoted by various newspapers and publications on liquor-related matters.

As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, drafting of agreements between partners, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. He has the experience to assist his business and liquor clients in matters that impact real estate, such as property acquisition, leasing, and zoning and land use issues. Matt’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.

About David Berger

David concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He actively counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

A licensed title agent, David works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

In his liquor law practice, David handles sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

About Danielle DeFilippis

Danielle focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. She appears on behalf of individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation from commencement through trial. Danielle has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. Danielle’s focus is on trademark prosecution and litigation. She has represented clients in 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.

Danielle’s passion for food and beverage brands began at a young age, as she watched her father service various food brands through his work for a sales and marketing company. As the products came through her household, she learned about marketing and branding from a retail and manufacturing perspective. Danielle’s appetite grew, and she now enjoys working with emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation.

Danielle is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™. She has been recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.