Food & Beverage

Sherman & Howard’s Food and Beverage Industry Group provides counsel and representation to a wide range of national and regional chains, early-stage restaurant and hotel ventures, importers, breweries, manufacturers and franchisors.  Our industry team is a multi-disciplinary group comprised of lawyers from our corporate, real estate, labor and employment, litigation and intellectual property practices. Having handled business issues and legal needs for a variety of clients, our attorneys understand the increasingly technical and specialized nature of these industries and how to navigate the complex issues when they arise. Owners and investors look to the firm for experienced lawyers with valuable insight of the industry, legal expertise, and cost sensitivity.

Food and Beverage Services

+General Business, Licensing and Regulatory
  • Business formation and organizational matters
  • Finance (including start-up funding, banking, private placements)
  • Alcoholic beverage compliance and regulatory issues at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Liquor licensing and brewery label application
  • Distribution and supply contracts
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Franchising
+Intellectual Property
  • Brand licensing
  • Protection efforts for trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights
  • Intellectual Property litigation and prosecution
+Employee Benefits and Tax
  • Employee benefits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Stock ownership programs
+Real Estate
  • Leasing
  • Land use issues for wine, beer, and spirits industry clients
+Construction and Insurance
  • Construction agreements and dispute resolution
  • Vicarious liability issues
  • Insurance recovery
+Safety & Health
  • OSHA compliance and investigations
+Labor and Employment Law
  • Draft employment policies and procedures and manuals
  • Advise on wage and hour issues
  • Draft HIPAA compliant social media and privacy policies
  • Counsel providers on how to minimize workplace conflicts
  • Alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration and mediation)
  • International dispute resolution
  • General Litigation
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring