Overview


Marc E. Sorini concentrates on issues facing the alcohol beverage industry, with a particular focus on the supplier tier and non-beverage alcohol users. He heads the Firm’s Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Group and is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in his field.

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Results


  • Representing the buyers on the alcohol regulatory and distribution aspects of numerous significant industry transactions, including recent deals such as the acquisition of Pabst Brewing Company by entrepreneur Eugene Kashper, the acquisition of Kosta Browne Winery by J.W. Childs Associates, the acquisition of Boulevard Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing by Duvel Moortgat N.V., and the acquisition of Vermont Hard Cider by C&C Beverages; has also represented sellers in transactions
  • Counseling clients facing potential product recall and product tampering incidents; recent work has included several nationwide recalls involving defective bottles, a nationwide recall involving an undisclosed allergen, and illegal tampering of products already in the market
  • Counseling clients on all aspects of their US route-to-marker; recent work has included preparing and negotiating several national importation agreements, counseling acquirers on post-acquisition re-alignment of their distribution networks, and advising and supporting litigation teams in proceedings brought by distributors against suppliers over termination decisions or decisions not to approve proposed transferees

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Recognition


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 to 2019, “Lawyer of the Year” for Food and Beverage Law in Washington DC in 2015 and 2018
  • Chambers USA: Star Individual (the only Star recognized in Food & Beverage: Alcohol), 2008 to present

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Credentials


Education
Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 1994
Lehigh University, BA, 1988

Admissions
District of Columbia
Georgia

Courts / Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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November/December 2016

Winter 2015-16

July/August 2015

Labeling and Advertising Gluten –Free Beer

Focus on Private Equity - April 2015

Spring 2015

Beyond the Basics: Tied-House Policy and Things of Value

January/February 2015

Buying and Selling a Craft Brewery

Fall 2014

Tied-House Basics for Distillers

May - June 2014

Hard Cider for Brewers

March/April 2014

Distilling 101 for Brewers

January/February 2014

Regulation of Social Media by TTB

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