Christopher R. Hermann

Christopher R. Hermann
Partner
Portland, OR
P: 503.294.9236
Overview

About Chris

Chris Hermann is a partner in the Portland, Oregon office of Stoel Rives. He is the founding chair of the Stoel Rives Brewery, Winery, and Distillery group. He is also co-chair of the firm's Beverage and Hospitality group. He has worked with Northwest breweries, wineries, vineyards, and distilleries for many years. Chris 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.

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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Environmental Law), 2007-2017
  • Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Nationwide) by Chambers USA (currently: Food & Beverages: Alcohol), 2013-2016
  • Listed in Chambers USA, one of only 19 food and beverage attorneys so recognized throughout the United States, 2010-2012
  • Industry Partner Award at the 2011 Oregon Wine Industry Symposium in Eugene, Oregon
  • Member, Oregon Winegrowers Association
  • Member, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers
  • Member, Portland Distillery Row Advisory Board
  • Member, Dean's Advisory Council, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Member, Special Committee to Review Winery Licensing Standards, Washington Liquor Control Board, 2009-present
  • Board Member, Classic Wine Auction, 2009-present
  • Member, ¡Salud! Steering Committee, 2009-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Oregon Law School, Wine Law Seminar 2008-present
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Family Service, 2008-2012
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