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Food & Beverage

From restaurants and wineries to manufacturers and distributors, Murphy Pearson’s Food & Beverage industry group helps startup ventures and established brands bring their unique products and services to the market. We skillfully help food and beverage companies navigate the legal aspects of owning, managing, and operating bars, restaurants, and wineries. We’ve also represented various food and beverage manufacturers and distributors.

We represent the full spectrum of restaurant types – national and regional chains; franchisors and franchisees; upscale, top-tier establishments; chefs’ restaurants; casual dining; quick serve restaurants; food trucks; and stand-alone facilities. Our team also represents executive chefs and restaurant design and development companies.

Key Business Areas:

  • Corporate matters
    • Entity formation
    • Business planning
    • Corporate governance
  • Real estate transactions
    • Leasing
    • Acquisitions and sales
  • Regulatory
    • ABC compliance
    • ADA compliance
    • Tied-house laws
  • Employment and labor
    • Drafting employment agreements, handbooks, and policies
    • Wage, hour and tip law
    • Harassment and discrimination claims
  • Intellectual Property
    • Trademark issues
    • Licensing
    • Trade secrets

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

In addition, we handle litigation and dispute resolution for a wide range of issues in the areas listed above, as well as food poisoning and civil rights law. We have represented clients in class action litigation, as well as private settlement negotiations.

Staying current on industry trends, firm attorneys participate in industry groups, including the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and California Restaurant Association.


Experience

Representative Matters

Business and Transactional

Employment

Litigation & Disputes

Trademark Infringement

 


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News + Events

2022 Director Elevations

Murphy Pearson is pleased to announce the elevation of Thomas F. Mazzucco, Christopher R. Ulrich and Joseph S. Leveroni to the positions of Directors. All three newly appointed directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm. Serving a wide range of practices, they have each forged...

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Expertise, Diversity & Growth Define Firm’s Seattle Office

Long before Zoom, virtual backgrounds and home offices, Murphy Pearson (MPBF) attorney Nick Larson needed to relocate from San Francisco and work remotely from Washington state. MPBF agreed to this arrangement on a trial basis. Nearly a decade later it is clear that this arrangement did not simply function,...

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Sacramento Office Expands Team

MPBF welcomes the additions of Senior Counsel I. Hooshie Broomand (University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law) and Associate Collin Chandler (UC Davis School of Law) to their Sacramento office this month. Hooshie’s practice includes general civil litigation with focuses on product defects, professional liability defense, construction, real estate,...

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