Who is this Hooch lawyer, anyway?

MeI am business lawyer with an emphasis on helping businesses in the customer-facing industries of hospitality and retail.

The descendant of Scots who left the Isle of Jura in 1724 to settle in what is now South Carolina, I appear to have a genetic predisposition to the enjoyment of whisky – particularly the peatier selections from Jura and Islay.  Unlike some whisky aficionados, however, I also enjoy sampling spirits of all kinds and from around the globe.

I serve on the Board of the Washington Distillers Guild, as well as the Education Committee of the Guild.  In addition, I serve on the Education Committee of the American Craft Spirits Association.  I hold the Level 2 Certificate, with distinction, in spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  I am a frequent speaker and author on topics important to businesses in the spirits industry.

I live on Bainbridge Island, Washington with my wife, three sons and two dogs.  My practice is based out of Seattle, where I’m pleased to represent spirits companies on business matters throughout the United States.

I wear bow ties and play the banjo.  Often at the same time.

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