Profile

Brian chairs the McNees Food & Beverage Group and is co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group. Brian’s focus is on trademark and copyright protection, software and technology services contracts, franchising, food labeling law, internet law and other issues related to the protection and licensing of intellectual property.

While Brian provides legal advice for clients in numerous industries, he has a particular focus assisting craft breweries, wineries and craft liquor distilleries with trademark protection, and development of branding strategies.

His trademark and copyright practice includes resolving disputes through negotiated co-existence and licensing agreements as well as representing clients in cancellation and opposition proceedings before both the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and trademark and copyright litigation in federal court.

Brian also advises both vendors and users on the legal issues surrounding the use of software and technology including SaaS/PaaS agreements, data privacy/security and the drafting and negotiation of software and technology services agreements.

Further, he worked with clients on their internet presence including website development and hosting agreements as well as website terms of use, privacy policies, domain name acquisition and disputes, and social media issues.

As a lawyer, Brian also handles product labeling, advertising, and regulatory compliance for clients in the human food and pet food industry.

EDUCATION

The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2000

Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude; Law Review 2006-8

HONORS/AWARDS

Central Penn Business Journal, Forty Under 40, 2015

Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Select Lawyers, 2016

Legal Intelligencer Unsung Hero Award – 2012

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Brewers Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Leadership Cumberland, Fellow, Class of 2016

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

PUBLICATIONS

April 27, 2020 - Copyright and Fair Use for Educational Institutions Amid COVID-19
Intellectual Property Client Alert

April 16, 2020 - FDA Releases Guidance for Grocery Stores and Other Food Establishments
McNees Food & Beverage Client Alert

April 8, 2020 - FDA Relaxes Nutrition and Menu Labeling Requirements Amid COVID-19
McNees Food & Beverage Client Alert

January 7, 2020 - McNees 2019 in Review - Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents
McNees Intellectual Property Client Alert

January 11, 2019 - McNees 2018 in Review - Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents
McNees Intellectual Property Client Alert

February 15, 2018 - The Pennsylvania Malt Beverage Tax Credit Program
McNees Food & Beverage Client Alert

January 26, 2018 - Slack-Fill Litigation Heats Up
Corporate Counsel Business Journal

July 11, 2017 - McNees Advocate Alert
McNees Advocate Alert Newsletter

May 5, 2017 - FDA Extends Compliance for Restaurant Food Labeling and Seeks Additional Comments
McNees Food & Beverage Client Alert

October 28, 2016 - Pennsylvania Poised for Round Two of Liquor Reforms

August 4, 2016 - New Industry Resources for FDA's New Nutrition Facts Regulations
McNees Food & Beverage Client Alert

June 24, 2016 - BREXIT Causes Uncertainty in UK Trademark Protection
Intellectual Property Client Alert

February 22, 2016 - Advertise Responsibly - 5 Steps to Protect Craft Beer and Spirits From False Advertising Claims

February 28, 2015 - Energy Drink Maker Red Bull Opposes Virginia Craft Brewery's Use of 'Ox' in Brand Name

February 16, 2015 - Heads Up - Top 5 Reasons Craft Breweries Need to Register Their Trademarks

December 27, 2013 - McNees Client Alert
California to Require Website and Online Service Operators to Disclose Treatment of Do Not Track Requests

May 11, 2013 - Liquor Law Update - May 2013
In this issue: Employee Tip Pools:  Dive In With Caution  l  Ahhh…Spring  l  The Ska / Duclaw Trademark Dispute Over Euphoria, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer