Law Seminars International Presents: The Fifth Annual Comprehensive Seminar On

Wine Law in Washington
The ins-and-outs of operating wineries in the current regulatory, legal and financial environments

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

May 2, 2011
Seattle Hilton Hotel in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, vineyard operators, wine producers and distributors and government regulators involved with the production and distribution of wine. Also, anyone interested in the winery and wine distribution business, including tasting room managers and sales staff.

Why You Should Order

All the Washington state liquor initiatives which created so much excitement failed. However, we continue to see an evolution in the wine industry laws. Indeed, there has been so much change over the last several years that a focus for this year's conference is a review of the changes and how these changes provide new opportunities for the wine industry today. This year's conference offers the ins-and-outs of operating wineries in the current regulatory environment, including an overview of the changes made in Washington state legislation and regulations in wine law and financing over the last several years. There will also be a window on new insights gaining traction as a result of these changes and how they may impact issues in marketing and distribution.

Attendees will gain practical information on limiting costs and legal risks such as those arising through employment and immigration law issues, while also exploring better ways to exploit the revenue generating opportunities the industry has as Washington wines become increasingly recognized both nationally and internationally.

Experts from a variety of perspectives and disciplines share their experiences, challenges and success stories regarding this evolving landscape, bringing value both to those of long experience and those who are new to the world of wine.

~ Vincent E. Bryan, III, Esq. and Michael T. Reynvaan, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, May 02, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Michael T. Reynvaan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: New Developments for Expanding and Supporting Washington's Wine Industry and Education Programs

Thomas E. Henick-Kling, Ph.D., Director, Viticulture & Enology Program
Washington State University Tri-Cities / Richland, WA

9:15 am

Employment Law Updates

Immigration law changes and enforcement; independent contractor requirements; temporary staffing requirements; potential complications and benefits in the use of unpaid interns and visiting winemakers

Michael T. Reynvaan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

10:00 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:15 am

Key features for Raising Capital for Wineries in the Current Market

What a private placement looks like; what it takes to raise funds; legal limitations based licensing; structures for financing wineries and wine properties

G. Scott Greenburg, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

11:00 am

Social Media and Your Trademark

New tricks for how to get the trademark label more visible and to make people more excited in using the trademark and the label in social media

Kate Spelman, Esq.
Cobalt LLP / Berkeley, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

State Legislative and Regulatory Developments: How the Old and New Pieces Fit Together

Policy changes after the liquor initiatives; storage & shipping from second locations; review of advertising rules and implementation of three-tier and Tied House law changes; proposed winery licensing changes; suspended rulemakings

Rick Garza, Deputy Director
Washington State Liquor Control Board / Olympia, WA

Perspective on new options under the regulations: Areas of greater flexibility and tips for taking advantage of them

Jean M. Leonard, Esq., Director of Government Affairs
Washington Wine Institute / Olympia, WA

Simon Siegl, Principal
CoEfficient Consulting / Seattle, WA

3:15 pm

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

3:30 pm

Liquor Law Compliance: The Challenges, Rules and Solutions

Hilary Huffman, Esq., General Manager
The Cave B Estate Winery / Quincy, WA

Maureen Swaney, Owner/President
Winery Compliance Northwest, Inc. / Bend, OR

Stephanie J. Meier, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Evaluations, Adjournment and Wine Tasting for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored By Cave B Estate Winery and Perkins Coie LLP and Reynvaan Family Vineyards



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $595 with a group rate of $445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $395. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 6 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Michael T. Reynvaan, Program Co-Chair, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on labor and employment law and the wine industry. He heads the firm's Wine Industry Practice Group and was named one of "Washington's Super Lawyers" and in The Best Lawyers in America. His family started a small new winery, Reynvaan Family Vineyards in Walla Walla, and released their first vintage, the 2007s, in November of 2009.

Thomas E. Henick-Kling, Ph.D., Special Opening Address, is Director of the Viticulture & Enology Program at Washington State University Tri-Cities. His research has focused on the ecology and physiology of yeast and bacteria in must and wine and their impact on the wine flavor profile, including the development of bacteria starter cultures for malolactic fermentation, studies on the interaction of yeast and bacteria, physiology and genetic characterization of Brettanomyces yeast, and evaluation of the impact of grape varieties, grape growing and wine making practices on wine flavor." From 1987 to 2007, he was leader of the Cornell Enology Group; from 2007 to 2009 he was Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.

Hilary Huffman is the General Manager for Cave B Estate Winery, overseeing operations at the greater SageCliffe resort in Quincy, WA and the shared tasting room in Seattle.

Rick Garza, Deputy Director of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, leads the agency's Director's office responsible for policy, legislation and media relations. He also is the agency's legislative and tribal liaison.

G. Scott Greenburg, partner at K&L Gates LLP, focuses on venture capital, public offerings, intellectual property and technology issues, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial transactions and international product distribution. He is listed in Lawdragon, Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.

Jean M. Leonard is an attorney and Director of Government Affairs at the Washington Wine Institute, the advocacy organization that focuses on state legislative and regulatory issues affecting the Washington wine industry.

Simon Siegl, Principal at CoEfficient Consulting, focuses on strategic initiatives and exit planning for wineries and businesses related to the wine industry. Previously, he held leadership positions at Washington Wine Institute, the Washington Wine Commission and WineAmerica.

Kate Spelman, member of Cobalt LLP, is experienced in copyright, media, licensing and trademark issues. She advises on the development, production, sale and defense of non-patent IP and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Maureen Swaney, Owner/President of the Winery Compliance Northwest, Inc., stays up-to-date on legislative actions and current laws in Washington and other states for compliance information in order to navigate federal, in-state and out-of-state regulations.

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