Who or What is Beer Law Center?
We are Beer Law Center, a small boutique practice area that focuses on providing legal services to the craft beverage community. Our name is Beer Law Center,
but we are more than just beer. We work exclusively with breweries, wineries, distilleries, and all other alcohol beverage suppliers and retailers.
We started more than 10 years ago and dedicated our practice to serving the craft beverage industry.
Our start was working with the wonderfully exciting and expanding beer culture in North Carolina, hence the name. We still honor that tradition and where we came from,
but in the intervening years, we've branched out into handling a wide range of suppliers and retailers - the common thread being the desire to create a premium,
artisanal product that the manufacturer has poured their heart and soul into. We thrive on the passion for creativity, science, and "can-do" attitude that this
industry has developed as a culture. We strive to provide best-in-class service while being sensitive to our clients' needs and limitations as independent, startup,
and growing businesses. Our goal is to form long term relationships with our clients. We are not interested in a "one and done" client. We want to partner with our
clients and be with them as they grow, expand, and develop; this year, next year, and for the next 10+ years. More than half of our clients have been with Beer Law
Center since they started their business and we feel privileged that they keep coming back to us for their legal needs.
Our commitment to our clients is that we will do our very best to meet their needs and exceed their expectations. Is this always possible?
No. We are a boutique firm with a very focused practice area. We cannot always help with complex "bet-the-company" litigation, or some very specialized areas -
such as IPOs for publicly traded companies. But, our commitment to our clients is that, "if we can't handle it, we'll help you find someone who can.
" A guiding principle for our firm is "the most important thing is that the client gets what they need and we all get better wine/beer/spirits." As a result,
if we cannot meet your needs, we will be candid with you and tell you. Then, we will help connect you with someone in our large network of specialist colleagues
with experience that can help you in your situation.
What We Believe
We do not believe in "hoarding" information and will always provide as much information, insight, and advice as we can, even in a free consultation and even if you do
not hire us. We will tell you when you do, or do not, need an attorney. We are committed to the industry and its people, not just to making money.
Our founder, John Szymankiewicz, has been a homebrewer for more than 25 years and is a certified Cicerone, BJCP Judge, and Level II WSET in Wines. For John,
this is more than just a job, it is a passion and life's work. That passion led to the creation of Beer Law Center. Since its founding, Beer Law Center has helped
over 200 small and independent alcohol businesses achieve their business goals. And we always feel grateful for our clients' trust in us to represent their best interests.
John's commitment to clients and the industry runs through everything that Beer Law Center does. Let our team help you to grow and develop your business today and for the