Chris Hermann is a partner of Stoel Rives; founding chair of the firm’s Brewery, Winery, and Distillery group; and a former co-chair of the firm’s Beverage and Hospitality group. Chris has worked with Northwest breweries, wineries, vineyards, and distilleries for many years. He has particular experience with transactions involving the purchase, sale, and LLC formation of breweries, wineries, vineyards, and distilleries, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, obtaining water rights and land use permits and approvals, advising owners on employment and termination agreements, and drafting and negotiating grape purchase contracts, vineyard leases and custom crush, joint proprietorship, vineyard development and maintenance, and bottling and distribution agreements.
Chris authored and now is editor of the only comprehensive discussion of legal issues concerning the Oregon wine industry entitled, The Law of Wine – Oregon. He frequently speaks at legal and business conferences in Oregon, Washington and California on brewery, winery, vineyard, and distillery related legal and business issues.