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BEVERAGE Law

>  Central Coast, CA  <

 
 

(805) 720-1654
brian@simaslawfirm.com

// BRIAN F. SIMAS

Brian Simas provides experienced counsel to alcohol beverage and agribusiness industry stakeholders, with emphasis on industry commercial and real estate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and alcohol beverage licensing / trade compliance. Brian additionally represents a diverse range of construction and real estate development professionals and businesses throughout the Central Coast.

Brian holds dual degrees in Wine & Viticulture and Agricultural Business from Cal Poly and came into his legal practice with extensive work experience and knowledge in the wine industry.

In addition to his practice, Brian is a Professor in the Wine and Viticulture Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he teaches an upper division course in wine law and compliance. Brian previously taught wine law and compliance as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and regularly speaks at symposiums, universities, and continuing education seminars on alcohol beverage law.

A Santa Maria native, Brian lives close by in town of Los Alamos, CA with his wife, Chemayne.

// Education

Cal Poly SLO, College of Agriculture (cum laude)

  • BS, Wine and Viticulture

  • BS, Agricultural Business

Pepperdine School of Law

  • Juris Doctor

  • Fellowship, Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law

// Speaking Engagements

Central District of California Judicial Conference
Featured Presenter / Wine Law MCLE
Ojai, CA

San Luis Obispo Bar Association
Presenter / Small Firm Tech MCLE
San Luis Obispo, CA

Pepperdine School of Law Alumni Assn
Featured Presenter / Wine Labeling MCLE
Sausalito, CA (2015-2018)

Loyola Marymount School of Law
Moderator / Alcohol Law Panel
Los Angeles, CA

Long Beach Bar Association
Presenter / Wine Law MCLE
Long Beach, CA

// COMMUNITY Involvement

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Wine and Viticulture Department

Lecturer, Wine Law and Compliance (2013-Present)

Pepperdine University
School of Law

Adjunct Professor, Wine Law (Spring 2013 and 2014)

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County
Board Member (2012 - 2018)

La Cuadrilla Foundation
Board Member (2012 - 2017)

Santa Barbara Vintners Vineyard & Winery Regulations Committee
Vice Chair (2013-2017)

Allan Hancock College Viticulture & Enology Foundation
Board Member (2013-2015)

Allan Hancock College Agriculture Advisory Committee
Board Member (2013-2015)

Santa Maria Valley Wine County Association
Board Member (2010-2014)

 
 

// services

Our Mission: Drive value to alcohol beverage industry stakeholders through premium client service, creative legal insight, and industry specific business intelligence.

 
 

Alcohol Beverage

Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate Transactions / Leasing
Land Use / Winery Entitlement
Vineyard Management / Development
State and Federal Licensing
Industry Contract Drafting
Trade Compliance / Tied House Resolution
Label and Formula Approval
Distributor Franchise Relationships
Private / Control Label Programs
E-Commerce
Direct to Consumer and Retailer Shipping
Third Party Providers
Disruptive Marketing

Representative Clients

Wineries
Breweries
Distilleries
Cideries
Custom Crush Facilities
Distributors / Brokers
Retailers (online and brick and mortar)
Third Party Providers
Vineyards
Vineyard Managers
Private Equity Funds
Industry Associations
Sommeliers
Winemakers, Brewers, Distillers

 

// CONTACT

Our office is located in downtown Los Olivos, the heart of Central Coast wine country. However, with clients located throughout California and the country, our firm utilizes strategic remote technologies to deliver legal services where you do business.

Phone

p: (805) 720-1654
 

EMAIL

brian@simaslawfirm.com

Office Address

2928 San Marcos Ave, Suite 202A
Los Olivos, CA 93441

Mailing Address

PO Box 11
Los Olivos, CA 93441