Brendan focuses on intellectual property matters and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade dress infringement actions. He also prosecutes trademark and copyright applications in the United States and globally for a wide range of clients and industries. Brendan is also an experienced commercial litigator, having represented clients in numerous litigations, including those relating to breach of contract, covenants not to compete, and negligence.
A major focus of Brendan’s practice is representing and counseling breweries, wineries, and distilleries with regard to everything from corporate formation and licensing to M&A and distribution contracts. He is an award-winning homebrewer and one happy client even named a beer after him. Brendan has been quoted in various publications about legal issues facing the alcoholic beverage industry including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is regular guest on industry podcasts such as BrewBound and Good Beer Hunting.
Brendan is also heavily involved in the burgeoning cannabis industry in New York and is a key member of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Team. He helps MSOs and local operators navigate the complex and rapidly changing regulatory scheme in New York.
Prior to joining Harris Beach, Brendan completed a federal judicial clerkship for District Court Judge Joan M. Azrack in the Eastern District of New York and was a litigation associate in the Manhattan office of Proskauer Rose LLP.