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.