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Food & Beverage

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's Food & Beverage industry attorneys specialize in handling general business, regulatory, and special legal requirements, ranging from corporate governance and planning through operations and execution of transactions. We are knowledgeable in many facets of the industry, including distributing, importing/exporting, marketing, promoting, advertising, selling, and protecting packaging, trademarks, and patents.

Our attorneys advise food and beverage producers, retailers, suppliers, and distributors on compliance with the myriad state and federal industry regulations and laws. Specifically, we counsel clients on laws and regulations governing production, labeling, marketing, distribution, consumer protection, and e-commerce.

Our clients include:

  • Breweries, wineries, cideries, meaderies, and distilleries
  • Restaurants
  • Food providers and wholesalers
  • Retailers of wine, beer, and spirits
  • Food manufacturers and importers
  • Entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry
  • E-commerce companies

We provide our food and beverage clients with the following legal services:

  • Advice regarding distribution relationships (supplier/wholesaler relations, supplier direct sale/shipment to consumers, supplier direct distribution to retailers)
  • Branding, trademark, and label protection
  • General business issues (formation, financing, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, purchases and sales)
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Contract production and alternating proprietorship arrangements
  • Real estate acquisition, financing, sales, and leasing
  • Environmental and natural resource issues
  • Labor and employment matters
  • Advertising and promotions
  • State and federal liquor licensing
  • Business administration and regulatory compliance
  • American Viticultural Areas
  • Vineyard purchase and development
  • Tax matters
  • Franchising
  • E-commerce (website and logistics compliance)
  • Succession planning
  • Dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration, litigation)
  • Import/export issues

We support the food and beverage industries and are members of the following organizations:

  • Oregon Brewers Guild
  • Washington Brewers Guild
  • Brewers Association
  • ZINO Society
  • Northwest Cider Association
  • Beverage Industry Networking Group (B.I.N.G.)
  • Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers
  • Oregon Brew Crew
  • Master Brewers Association of the Americas