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CLE: Legal Challenges of Working with Breweries

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With the emergence of Stone Brewing, Ballast Point and thousands of other breweries in every corner of the country, the American craft beer industry has exploded over the last decade. Unfortunately, while these new brewer entrepreneurs are experts when it comes to barley & hops, they are not experts when it comes to reviewing leases and establishing trademark rights in their beers.

Brewers are often unaware of the most basic legal issues. They want to put all their time, money, effort and energy into making beer – not thinking about clauses in lease agreements.

In this CLE program, the Craft Beer Attorney Candace L. Moon will teach you how to help your brewer clients to start and run a solid business. Candace discusses legal issues for brewers including selecting the appropriate legal entity, staying compliant with securities law, reviewing leases & agreements, filing state and federal registrations & updates, establishing & protecting trademarks & brands and avoiding labor & employment issues. To access the course please click here: Legal Challenges of Working with Breweries.

The following topics are also covered:

  • TTB (Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) forms
  • State forms
  • Entity protection for owners
  • Changing entities
  • Key points in lease review
  • Distribution agreements
  • State & federal registrations
  • Obtaining a trademark
  • Banned words
  • Independent contractor vs. employee designation
  • Safety compliance
  • Employment records
  • Knowing your clients
  • TTB licensing process

Candace L. Moon discovered the need for specialized craft beer counsel while working as a bartender at a brewery during law school. While she met countless brewers, there were no attorneys catering to the legally complicated industry. Accordingly, Candace opened a practice serving San Diego’s beer makers. She has since worked with over 200 craft breweries and craft breweries-in-planning nationwide, handling business entity formation, alcoholic beverage law, contract review, trademark law, as well as other legal needs.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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