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Middle-Market M&A Award Finalist
18th Annual National Conference on Wine, Beer & Spirits Law
James M. Seff
Mr. Seff is leader of the firm’s Wine, Beer & Spirits practice. He spent 13 years as a lawyer with Wine Institute, the trade association of the California Wine Industry and, during the last seven, served as the Institute’s Chief Counsel.
Mr. Seff is a Chambers ranked practitioner with over three decades of experience advising clients in the area of licensed beverage law and regulation. He represents wineries, distilleries, breweries, importers and retailers (and wholesalers on a limited basis) in a wide variety of areas including regulatory practice before the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and state alcoholic beverage control boards and commissions, international trade, e-commerce, licensing, trademarks, beverage tax, land use, and transactional (including mergers and acquisitions) and contractual issues and internal investigations associated with the licensed beverage industries. He is a former chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Practice (Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice) and serves as pro bono counsel to a number of non-profits including the San Francisco Symphony (for alcohol issues), WineDoctors and the Society of Medical Friends of Wine.
Mr. Seff has written and taught widely in the area of wine law. He lectures at Berkeley Law and UC Davis to international wine marketing students, in CEB wine law courses, and co-chairs an annual CLE International seminar on Wine, Beer and Spirits Law. He has lectured to viticulture and enology classes at UC Davis, to students at the University of San Francisco Wine Marketing Center, the California Sommelier Academy and Stanford Law, and to members of the American Society of Enologists, National Council of State Liquor Administrators, International Federation of Wine and Spirits, Wine Industry Technical Seminar and the Society of Medical Friends of Wine, the Australian Parliament Wine Lobby, and to industry groups in Australia and New Zealand. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Columbia University Legislative Drafting Research Fund project on uniform state alcoholic beverage law. He is a Professional Member of American Society of Enology & Viticulture and a founding member of the Association Internationale des Juristes pour le Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (the International Wine Law Association). He is a contributing author to the University of California/Sotheby Book of California Wine in which he co-authored an article on "The Legal and Political History of California Wine" and to Wine in America: Law and Policy, in which he co-authored a chapter on “Wine Industry Trade Practices.” He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
- Chambers USA, Food & Beverages: Alcohol—National (2007-2013)