Brian is an associate in DP&F’s wine law, business, and alcohol beverage groups. Brian’s practice includes business formation and drafting contracts for wine industry clients, such as wine production agreements, grape purchase agreements, vineyard leases, and trademark licenses. Brian also assists clients with state and federal alcohol beverage licensing regulations, and tied house and franchise law, trade practices, and direct shipping law.
Prior to joining DP&F, Brian co-founded a Chicago-based boutique intellectual property law firm that was acquired by Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Brian’s clients spanned a number of industries, including wine, financial technology, software, restaurant, e-commerce, education, publishing, and real estate. Brian has substantial experience litigating copyright and trademark disputes in federal court, including second-chairing a trademark infringement trial. This experience allows Brian to avoid potential disputes long before they become a problem.
Brian also has experience on the production side of the wine industry. Brian previously managed the laboratory of a Napa winery and has worked four harvests around the world, including in Sonoma, Napa, and Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Brian has been involved with every aspect of wine production from grape sampling to fermentation management to bottling. Brian draws on this experience to tailor pragmatic solutions to the legal issues that wineries face.
Court Admissions: Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Bar Admissions: California, Illinois, United States Patent & Trademark Office
- J.D., Indiana University – Bloomington, Maurer School of Law (2012)
- B.S., Microbiology, University of Miami (2009)