Distilled Spirits: Legal Issues and Challenges facing Craft Distilleries

(353 Ratings)

Produced on: May 18, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

The business of distilling spirits is a highly regulated area that presents many challenges and issues to clients. The business is subject to a myriad of local, state and federal laws and regulations. This seminar discusses alcohol beverage regulation, through the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, along with examples of state law and local law regulation. The seminar also explores pressing issues for distillers including, labeling, advertising, trademark protection, non-compete agreements and distribution contracts.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Gain an introduction to the legal issues surrounding craft distilleries

II.    Explore issues in licensing

III.   Examine regulatory compliance and reporting

IV.   Learn about labeling

V.    Review advertising

VI.   Learn about the protection of intellectual property

VII.  Examine employment considerations


Marshall Kizner

Stark & Stark

Marshall Kizner is an associate in Stark & Stark’s Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Group, where he practices in the area of commercial litigation, focusing on the representation of secured and unsecured lenders in workouts and litigation in state court and federal court. Mr. Kizner also focuses his practice on real property tax appeals, condemnation, eminent domain, valuation litigation, landlord-tenant litigation, and lease disputes.

Mr. Kizner is also a member of the firm’s Beer & Spirits group where he focuses on assisting breweries, wineries and distilleries in state and federal licensing, equipment leasing, real estate leases, land use and zoning issues, financing, trade secrets, and employment matters.


Thought Leadership

  • Author, Legislation Aims to Strengthen Relationship Between Breweries, Local Businesses. NJ.com. November 24, 2015.
  • Author, Craft Distilleries on the Rise in New Jersey. U.S.1. November 19, 2014.
  • Author, Property Tax Revaluations & Your Tax Assessment. U.S.1. September 16, 2015.
  • Speaker, Legal Considerations for Start-Up Distillers in New Jersey. Cooper River Distillers. October 25, 2014.
  • Author, Non-Compete Agreements are Important for Protecting Beverage Secrets. Beverage Industry. September 15, 2014.
  • Featured, Suits & Deals: $817,000 in Lease Dispute. New Jersey Law Journal. September 15, 2014.
  • Author, NJ Craft Distillery License Changes Provides Exciting Opportunity (Op-Ed). NJ.com. June 20, 2014.
  • Featured, Wine, Beer and Spirits Effervesces As a New Law Firm Practice Area. New Jersey Law Journal. February 3, 2014.
  • Author, State Constitutional Law-Economic Benefit Alone Does Not Constitute A Public Use for Eminent Domain Takings. 38 RUTGERS L.J. 1379 (2007).


Skip C.

Really nice job.

Melissa S.

Very informative on a hard to find topic

Roxanne F.

The second speaker was very informative.

Henry J.

Information was very practical and useful.

Kevin S.


kelly w.

Great, comprehensive and interesting information. Both the program and written materials were great.

Erik L.

Marshall's presentation was very informative and interesting.

payne b.

/very imformative

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