I am a huge fan of the craft beer and wine industries. As a native St. Louisan, beer has been ingrained in me since my earliest memories. After receiving a chemistry degree from Loyola University Chicago, brewing my own beer became a natural hobby. I faced a conundrum when it came to deciding which type of graduate school to pursue. One part of me wanted to become a master brewer. The other part, along with most of my family, pushed for law school. I do not regret my choice. As an intellectual property attorney, I enjoy helping entrepreneurs develop and secure their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. It has become a passion. Combining that with my home brewing hobby seemed logical.
Craft breweries and wineries have special needs that require unique business skills and knowledge. A proper business strategy should include forethought into securing intellectual property rights in your beer and wine brands, labels, and marketing. Due diligence is also a necessity. Before launching a brand, you need to make sure that you are not infringing another company’s trademark, patent, or copyright. Furthermore, legal regulatory compliance issues cannot be overlooked or set aside. State and federal agencies can stop your business in its tracks and prevent you from growing.
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, May 2012
LL.M. Intellectual Property and Technology Law
The John Marshall Law School, January 2008
J.D. and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
Loyola University Chicago, January 2000
B.S. Chemistry, Emphasis in Biochemistry
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (Registration #66760)
- State of Illinois