Christopher R. Hermann

Christopher R. Hermann

Portland, OR

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 and a former 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.


Christopher Hermann is regularly called upon by vineyards and wineries to advise on a range of matters, including regulatory issues, M&A and real estate acquisitions.

“‘He’s deeply connected to the wine industry.’ ‘He’s an excellent attorney.’”
Chambers 2022         


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Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2022
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Environmental Law), 2007–2023
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Nationwide) by Chambers USA (currently: Food & Beverages: Alcohol), 2010–2022
  • Industry Partner Award at the 2011 Oregon Wine Industry Symposium in Eugene, Oregon
  • Member, Oregon Winegrowers Association
  • Board Member, Portland Opera, 2016–present
  • Board Member, Classic Wine Auction, 2009–2017
  • Member, ¡Salud! Steering Committee, 2009–2012
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Oregon Law School, Wine Law Seminar 2008–2017
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Family Service, 2008–2014
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