04.14.2014 | Firm News
Burr’s Melinda Sellers Featured in Business Alabama for Her Work in the Craft Beer Industry
Birmingham, Ala. – From employee discrimination issues to the business of medicine, from legal ramifications of the ubiquitous email to regulations on one of the state’s newest industries – all are key topics in the legal practices of six of the state’s top women lawyers. We selected our exemplary attorneys fromthe rankings calculated by Super Lawyers.
Here, we’ve asked the six to share insights from their practices that might prove valuable in many Alabama businesses.
Distributors ahead of brewers in Alabama torts
Melinda Sellers, of Burr & Forman in Birmingham, not only has a key practice area representing clients in the craft beer industry, she’s a certified cicerone, the counterpart of the wine sommelier in the beer world. While the craft beer industry may seem like a small niche, Alabama has seen a tremendous increase in breweries over the past few years. Beer laws have changed, and the demand for locally made products has increased. Burr & Forman, which has a long history of representing manufacturers, poised itself five years ago to be able to represent the influx of new brewers in the state.
“Alabama has gone from one to 33 licensed brewers over the past five years,” Sellers says.
She represents beer producers and distributors in various legal matters, including setting up new breweries and creating proper distribution contracts. Alabama franchise law has specific guidelines when it comes to state alcohol distribution, limiting producers, for example, to one distributor, Sellers points out.
To read the full article on Business Alabama’s website please click here.