The Craft Beer Attorney APC, a boutique law firm dedicated to the craft beer industry since 2009 and a standout, regular contributor to Craft Brewing Business since 2013, is launching something new and awesome — the Craft Beer Attorney Coalition (CBAC), a non-profit group developed to advance the professionalism of the craft beer industry’s legal representation.
This Coalition not only enhances the Craft Beer Attorney’s commitment to serving the local craft beer community, it strengthens the resources available to craft breweries on a national level to ensure that, no matter the location, breweries can find local, knowledgeable and affordable legal counsel.
“Collaboration and innovation are the hallmarks of the craft beer industry, and those traits shouldn’t be just limited to brewers,” stated Brook Bristow, co-director and founder of Bristow Beverage Law. “Through the work of the coalition, brewers nationwide will now be able to benefit from the expertise and experience of a network of proven legal minds that can help build and grow their businesses.”
By harnessing committed legal professionals from across the country, the Craft Beer Attorney Coalition can align breweries and breweries-in-planning with the focused assistance they need in a unique and ever-evolving industry. Members of the coalition will be able to leverage resources and match the levels of service offered by larger, but prohibitively expensive, legal firms. D. Taylor Harper, co-director and attorney at TFHLegal stated. “It is important for an attorney to strive to ensure that his or her clients get more in value than they make in payment. The coalition is an excellent tool toward that effort.”
The coalition will debut at the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, May 3-6. Member attorneys at the booth will offer one-on-one consultations for breweries and breweries in planning.
Each attorney will provide individualized advice tailored to the needs of small and growing breweries. Visitors to the Craft Beer Attorney Coalition (booth #1463) will also have an opportunity to participate in various offerings from the attorneys present. Outside of such community outreach events, breweries can locate the best attorney for their needs through the coalition’s website, which will also offer a calendar of upcoming events and other tools.
Member attorneys will have featured profiles on the Craft Beer Attorney Coalition website, be given access to industry-specific presentations and educational materials for tailoring to each state and opportunities to submit and participate in industry trade shows such as the Craft Brewers Conference. Members of CBAC are committed to educational training and pro bono community service for the craft brewing industry, ensuring that affordable resources are available countrywide.