Veteran liquor lawyer brings decades of experience at critical time for craft beer
Boulder, Colorado • July 6, 2020– The Brewers Association (BA) – the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small, independent American craft brewers – today announced the hiring of Marc Sorini, JD, as its first-ever in-house general counsel.
Sorini has been an advocate for small, independent craft brewers for more than two decades, most recently as a partner with the law firm McDermott Will & Emery, representing the BA and its predecessor organization, the Brewers Association of America (BAA). . Sorini’s accolades include ‘Go-To Thought Leader’ by The National Law Review“Lawyer of the Year” for Food and Beverage Law by America’s Best Lawyersand “MVP of the Year” by Law360among many others.
“Having represented the Brewers Association as outside counsel since its inception, and the BAA before that, joining the BA internally is like returning to the independent brewers who first inspired me to devote my legal career problems in the alcoholic beverage industry,” Sorini said. “I look forward to working with the BA to help small, independent craft brewers survive and thrive in a market dramatically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, wholesaler consolidation and the globalization of the beer industry.”
Throughout his career, Sorini has helped establish a small brewer’s presence in Washington, D.C., provided strategic legal and industry relations advice to the Brewers Association’s federal legislative programs, advised on antitrust of launching the Independent Craft Brewer Seal and successfully forming the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) on behalf of independent craft brewers through petitions and rule-making procedures .
“Marc has been an integral part of the Brewers Association since the very beginning. He has been central to our work in DC and has been a tireless and outspoken advocate for small brewer access to market rights, franchise law modernization, and warranty self-distribution. that brewers can retail from their brewery premises. said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “We are thrilled to welcome him in-house at such a crucial time, as we continue to advance our efforts for small, independent American craft brewers.”
Sorini’s first day with the Brewers Association was July 1. He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and will continue to be based in the Washington, DC metro area.
About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the nonprofit trade association dedicated to America’s small, independent brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 5,600 American breweries. The BA Independent Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers from small independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the beer world cup®, Great American Oktoberfest®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, FLAVOR™: An American Craft Beer and Dining Experience, Homebrew Con™, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The new brewer® magazines, and Brewers publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the United States. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the vibrant world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and on homebrewing via BAs American Homebrew Association® and free Brewing Guru® mobile app. follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.
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