Profile

Brian chairs the McNees Food & Beverage Group and practices in the Intellectual Property Group with a focus on trademark and copyright protection, software and technology services contracts, franchising, food labeling, internet law and other issues related to the protection and licensing of intellectual property.

While Brian counsels clients in numerous industries, he has a particular focus assisting craft breweries, wineries and craft liquor distilleries with trademark protection, development of branding strategies as well as liquor license permitting.

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.

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

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