Michael Mercurio joined DP&F in fall 2020 with focuses in alcohol beverage and business law. In addition to his California license, he is licensed as an attorney in Kentucky.
Michael has assisted clients in the wine, spirits, beer, restaurant, and hospitality industries, focusing on legal issues such as labeling, formula, and standard of identity regulations of the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the three-tier system, trade practices, marketing and advertising, and online sales and e-commerce. Michael has also helped draft industry-specific contracts including grape purchase, custom crush, and alternating proprietor agreements, warehousing contracts, vineyard leases and distribution agreements.
Michael’s business law experience includes mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, commercial finance, corporate governance, securities, and other commercial and contractual matters. He has assisted in drafting and negotiating documents related to asset and equity sales, landlord-tenant relationship, loan and credit agreements, guaranties, and pledges and corporate and LLC formations and shareholder agreements.
Prior to joining DP&F, Michael practiced for three years on the bourbon team of an international law firm in Louisville and Cincinnati, where he was recognized as a Young Business Leader by Louisville Business First. Michael has guest-lectured on distilled spirits law, and two law journals have published his articles on alcohol beverage matters. While in law school, Michael was Editor-in-Chief for the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law and interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Bend, where he appeared on behalf of the United States in minor hearings. Michael was a 2020 Legal Pathfinder for the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity.
Michael is a Certified Bourbon Steward with the Stave and Thief Society. He enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog Willett (named after the whiskey).
- J.D., Notre Dame Law School (2017)
- B.A., University of Notre Dame (2013)
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