From brainstorm to startup, to growth phase, to stable operations, our team acts as general counsel for every flavor of alcohol beverage company. Shauna Barnes, former general (and current outside) counsel to Dogfish Head, prides herself on providing practical, on-demand advice that fits within the craft culture. As general counsel of DFH, she helped to launch a distillery, introduced cans to the market, navigated over a dozen strategic distribution partnership changes, in addition to spearheading international expansion, product rollouts, and major promotions and marketing campaigns.
At Kaleo, she leads a team that serves as the legal department for nano, micro, and craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries, as well as functions as a member of established legal and compliance departments at publicly-traded companies. Shauna and her team handle all legal issues surrounding operations, including local, state, and federal permitting; federal and state trade practice regulation compliance; distribution agreements; and analysis of potential M&A. She has considerable expertise drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, including distribution and supply agreements, project and purchase agreements, and sponsorship and event agreements. Shauna has also worked with lobbyists and trade associations on a continuous basis since 2012, and she has substantial experience shepherding legislative changes through the statehouse.
Alcohol Regulatory Practice Counsel Team:
Shauna Barnes provides trusted counsel to companies, with a particular emphasis on highly-regulated industries facing tough choices in the marketplace. She has a decade of experience giving legal advice, serving most recently as General Counsel for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. In that capacity, Shauna helped launch a distillery, introduce cans to market, and navigate over a dozen strategic distribution partnership changes. She also has extensive experience counseling executive and management teams on legal, compliance and regulatory risks surrounding day-to-day operations, strategic planning, international expansion, product rollouts, and major promotions and marketing campaigns.
Executive teams benefit from Shauna’s experience providing creative solutions to tricky regulatory schemes, including shepherding legislative changes through the statehouse. Shauna has considerable expertise drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, including distribution and supply agreements, project and purchase agreements, and sponsorship and events agreements. She has also worked with lobbyists and trade associations on a continuous basis since 2012, and was the founding member of the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild.
Shauna was a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and a graduate with distinction from the Pennsylvania State University. After law school, she worked for McDermott Will & Emery in Washington, D.C., providing antitrust counsel to a number of Fortune 500 firms.
Alix helps her clients with their business transactions and intellectual property needs. She spent the first half of her career at one of Portland, Oregon’s largest law firms, before moving in-house with Craft Brew Alliance, the seventh largest craft brewer in the United States. Having acted as both in-house and outside counsel to a range of companies – big and small, public and private – Alix’s focus remains the same: she looks for the business-centric, practical approach that meets her client’s goals.
Alix is experienced in helping her clients with a wide array of commercial contracts, including contracts for the purchase and supply of goods, services, and equipment; marketing and sponsorship contracts; and contracts for creative work. She also assists clients in developing and protecting their intellectual property portfolio, particularly with trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement.
Having counseled alcohol industry members throughout her career, Alix is particularly aware of the unique obstacles that face the industry and enjoys helping her clients navigate those obstacles and assess the day-to-day risks of a highly-regulated industry. In that capacity, Alix routinely helps beer clients with contract brewing and alternating proprietorship arrangements, to secure a qualified warehouse, and find a unique beer name that is not already taken.
Mary Rait is a compliance specialist with decades of experience in food and beverage regulatory compliance and government affairs. Mary’s scientific background lends a unique perspective to her compliance advice, as it marries food science, manufacturing, and technical support with regulatory expertise, to provide wide-ranging, creative solutions that advance her client’s business objectives.
Mary’s unique and broad background includes experience in designing and executing innovative plans to bring gluten-reduced beers to market that involved working with regulatory agencies, scientists, suppliers, congressional representatives and company subject matter experts. Mary understands what it takes to get malt beverages, hard ciders, wines, and hard seltzers on to the shelves. She is adept at navigating the complex, highly regulated federal and state regulatory landscape for product packaging, marketing, and labeling and formula compliance, including technical reviews of raw material specification and food additives. She is experienced in coordinating recall and market withdrawal efforts and establishing kosher and organic certification programs. Mary has implemented complex licensing strategies in order to comply with fast-paced corporate and operational demands, including alternating premise and proprietorships, and contract manufacturing. Her administrative background includes maintaining corporate annual filings, corporate officer changes, and tradename registrations.
Prior to joining Kaleo in February 2021, Mary spent ten years as the Director of Government Affairs and Regulatory Compliance for Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Mary earned a Bachelor of Food Science from the University of Arizona and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Mike Jacques-O’Gorman focuses his practice on assisting companies operating in highly regulated industries, and he has a passion for alcoholic beverage
innovation as both a consumer and a lawyer. Mike is experienced in helping clients navigate hurdles and identify opportunities within complex regulatory schemes, often finding creative solutions for challenging projects. Mike has extensive knowledge of the alcohol market at the federal and state levels, and he provides excellent advice to his clients with respect to market strategies, licensing, trade practices, daily operations, marketing programming, innovation, and distribution issues.
Prior to joining Kaleo in Feb. 2021, Mike served as Regulatory Counsel for Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.. During this time, Mike served as primary legal counsel to the company’s innovation business unit, the pH Experiment. Also while at CBA, Mike assisted in distribution negotiations and transfers, acquisitions of several smaller brewers, compliance with TTB, FDA and state regulations, licensing issues, and excise tax compliance. Mike also has significant experience in assisting clients with the establishment of contract brewing and alternating proprietorship relationships.
Chris is a regulatory and compliance attorney focused on Kaleo Legal’s diverse group of alcohol clients. He has experience advising all manner of start-ups – breweries, distillers, wineries, brand owners – across the licensing spectrum of federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Chris has created and implemented bespoke regulatory and compliance plans for both start-ups and some of the largest alcohol companies. For many alcohol start-ups, Chris is the go-to for all regulatory and compliance, serving as an extension of the brand or legal team, and has taken a wide variety of Kaleo Legal’s alcohol clients from start-up to overseeing continuing regulatory reporting and renewals. Chris’ expertise further extends to advising clients on trade practice issues, distribution, environmental considerations, and brand innovation, to name a few.
When he is not going toe-to-toe with a state or local regulatory agency, Chris can be found living his life to the fullest by enjoying time with his family, experimenting in his kitchen, running/biking around town, or delivering a scorching guitar solo on stage with his sixties garage rock cover band.