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Rankings & Honors

  • BTI Litigation Outlook 2013
    • “Most Feared Law Firms”—Honor Roll
    • Strong Performance—IP Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Chambers USA
  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”


We help Beverage Alcohol clients succeed domestically and globally, unraveling the regulatory hurdles that come with one of the most heavily regulated industries at all levels.

Our approach

Companies in the wine and spirits industry face new and more complex challenges as their business becomes increasingly international.

Our targeted knowledge of local, state, national and international beverage issues is normally found only in boutique firms. Drawing on firmwide skills in related areas of law gives our clients access to a full range of legal services to help them achieve their most critical business goals.

We provide suppliers, distributors and retailers around the world with comprehensive, practical advice on a broad spectrum of legal issues, with guidance on manufacturing, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution and sale of wine, beer and spirits.

We help clients with the following legal challenges:

  • Regulatory compliance and licensing
  • Trade practices
  • Consumer protection
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Franchise laws and distributor relations
  • International and domestic import, export, and distribution agreements
  • Trademark registration and protection
  • Customs matters
  • Distributor relations
  • Winery, brewery and distillery operations
  • Environmental issues
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

We’re tightly focused on our clients’ business priorities, providing compatible, creative, efficient and cost-effective legal solutions, using our global connections to support international trade and sourcing arrangements.

Media Clips

  • Wine: Vintners cautiously optimistic
    San Francisco Business Times | January 4, 2013

    San Francisco partner and member of the firm’s Beverage Alcohol team Rob Carrol provides commentary on the 2012 Bay Area wine industry and also discusses the future outlook.

  • Social Media Giveaways and the California Wine Industry
    Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal | September 22, 2012

    This article, authored by Beverage Alcohol team partners Bruce Copeland and Rob Carrol and associates Kate Hardy and Alison Torbitt, discusses the intersection of social media and the wine industry in California.




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