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Food and Beverage

Attorneys

Food [packaged food companies]

  • Representing food brokerage companies in the negotiation and documentation of agency agreements and customer agreements
  • Forming one of the best known high-end chocolatiers in America, and representing it in all aspects of its legal work, including intellectual property, tax, real estate, corporate and commercial law
  • Winning dismissal of a national class action (affirmed on appeal) against a beverage company alleging data privacy breaches in the handling of its employee information
  • Co-counsel in reorganizing a major raisin processing and marketing operation and in regulatory compliance for table grape producer
  • Representing food importers in the negotiation and documentation of their distribution agreements and independent contractor sales agreements
  • Assisting food manufacturing companies in the negotiation of key brokerage and distribution agreements
  • Represent northwest organic snacks company in employment matters

Wineries

  • Representing one of the largest wineries in the State of Washington in all aspects of its legal work, including acquisitions, distribution, corporate, commercial and real estate work
  • Representing clients in the acquisition of 10 wineries in 4 transactions valued at over $29 million
  • Representing winemakers and wine processing companies in Washington and California in purchases of vineyards and equipment, regulatory matters, borrowings and corporate matters
  • Representing winery in air regulatory and water quality compliance
  • Representing manufacturer of “wine shipper” packaging for use in direct sales by producers to customers
  • Negotiating grape purchase agreements on behalf of Washington state growers

Breweries

  • Representing Redhook Ale Brewery (Nasdaq: HOOK), the largest craft brewer in the Pacific Northwest, in its merger with Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
  • Representing a major brewery in the negotiation of a multi-year distribution agreement with Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and providing ongoing corporate and securities advice for over 20 years
  • Representing a purchaser of a local craft brewery and assistance with its ongoing operations

Distribution [distributors and importers]

  • Representing a variety of food and beverage manufacturers in the creation of national distribution networks
  • Representing beverage distribution companies in the acquisition and negotiation of distribution agreements for alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Representing food and beverage manufacturers in the negotiation of distribution agreements and the creation of distribution networks