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Norris McLaughlin to Present at Mid Atlantic Brewers Symposium

Posted on October 5th, 2018

Theodore J. Zeller III, Edward J. Easterly, 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. and Easterly will present “Employment Law According to Seinfeld,” 2:20 – 3:05 p.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.

Easterly practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, representing clients in matters related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with employment matters. Easterly’s labor law practice focuses on representing management.  He has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings, and grievance arbitrations for matters such as wage discipline and termination.  He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections.  He assists public and private employers in negotiations during collective bargaining.  He has also represented clients in interest arbitrations during the collective bargaining process.  Additionally, Easterly advises clients in all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing.  In addition to his private-sector clients, he represents municipalities with respect to their labor unions. He is a member of the Muhlenberg Board of Associates; the Executive Board of the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America; and the Board of Advisors for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks; and was a member of the KidsPeace Golf Tournament Committee, serving as Co-Chair from 2009 to 2010. Easterly actively writes about employment law on the firm’s Lehigh Valley Employment Law Blog. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law, and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

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.