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. Additionally, he focuses on the legal cannabis industry to provide clients with regulatory and investment guidance in the ever-growing, rapidly-evolving industry.

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  • 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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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 to 2020, “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
  • Acritas Stars 2019, listed among independently rated lawyers

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

District of Columbia

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

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Marc E. Sorini

Insights & Events / Media

Webinar / McDermott Event / April 2, 2019

The New Brewer / March/April 2019

Napa, California / Speaking Engagements / October 2, 2018

The New Brewer: Government Affairs Issue / May/June 2018

San Francisco, California / Speaking Engagements / April 23, 2018

Artisan Spirit Magazine / Winter 2017-2018

The New Brewer / November/December 2017

The New Brewer / September/October 2017

Portland, Oregon / Speaking Engagements / September 14-15, 2017

Artisan Spirit / Summer 2017

New Brewer / May/June 2017

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / April 13, 2017

Artisan Spirit / Spring 2017

The New Brewer (Brewers Association) / November/December 2016

Artisan Spirit / Summer 2016

Artisan Spirit / Winter 2015-16

General Counsel News / December 21, 2015

The New Brewer / July/August 2015

Labeling and Advertising Gluten –Free Beer

Artisan Spirit Magazine / Spring 2015

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

The New Brewer / January/February 2015

Buying and Selling a Craft Brewery

Artisan Spirit Magazine / Fall 2014

Tied-House Basics for Distillers

The New Brewer / May - June 2014

Hard Cider for Brewers

The New Brewer / March/April 2014

Distilling 101 for Brewers

The New Brewer / January/February 2014

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