Licensed Beverage Industry Team
The craft beer and wine industries in Michigan have grown rapidly over the past decade and show no signs of slowing down. In the early 1990’s, Michigan was home to only three brewpubs, microbreweries, and breweries. There are now over 130 throughout the state. Smith Haughey’s Licensed Beverage Industry Team of attorneys is dedicated to fostering the continued growth and prosperity of the craft beer, distillery and wine industries.
Smith Haughey is uniquely situated to serve clients in and around the focal points of this growth. We are centrally located in Grand Rapids, named “Beer City USA” and the home of much of the craft beer growth in Michigan. We also maintain an office in Traverse City, the epicenter of the successful wine-producing Northwest region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We are further able to assist clients in all types of legal matters on the east side of the state through our Ann Arbor office, and along the lakeshore through our Muskegon office.
From start-up brewpubs to large craft beer and wine operations, we are well equipped to assist in every level of the licensed beverage business.
- Entity formation
- Acquistion or leasing
- Labor and employment
- Tort defense
- Commercial litigation
- Intellectual property
- Worker's compensation
- Government relations
- Tax law
- Estate and succession planning
- Insurance coverage
In addition to the resources of the Licensed Beverage Industry Team, Smith Haughey’s Agribusiness team is a resource readily available to clients. This team has a long history of representing individuals and businesses engaged in all manners of agricultural operations in Michigan, and is available to assist in matters related to the agriculture that supports the craft beer and wine industries in Michigan.
Our team is truly dedicated to furthering the interests of these industries, with a number of homebrewers and avid craft beer fans among our ranks. We strive to be an accessible, efficient, economical legal resource for the craft beer and wine communities.
|Charles F. Behler||Of Counsel||Grand Rapids||616.458.6245|
|Scott M. Brookens||Attorney||Holland||616.499.6356|
|Cortney S. Danbrook||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4527|
|Sheila E. Eddy||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.4256|
|Anders J. Gillis||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4507|
|Kristen E. Guinn||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.9481|
|Robert W. Parker||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4504|
|Nicholas A. Reister||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.8286|
|Jason R. Sebolt||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.3628|
|Michael D. Wiese||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.9466|
|Jeffrey R. Wonacott||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4509|
Blog posts for Licensed Beverage Industry Team
Smith Haughey attorneys Scott M. Brookens, Cortney S. Danbrook and Sheila E. Eddy were featured presenters at the National Business Institute’s Winery and Vineyard Law Seminar held in Grand Rapids on March 15, 2016.
One way craft breweries can get out ahead of their competitors is to come up with a carefully crafted name for their brewery and each of their lines of beer. When choosing a mark, a craft brewer should consider these three simple tips...
Michigan legislature is responding positively to the growth of Michigan's licensed beverage industry with the proposed Farm to Glass bill.
Michigan has experienced a rapid expansion in its craft brewing industry. In an effort to assist the growth of the craft beer industry, the Michigan legislature recently passed a new bill which allows microbreweries that produce a specified amount of beer per year to sell directly to retailers.