The Brewer's Barrister

John Szymankiewicz

Editor's Note: What do you love? What do you wish you could do for a salary? Do you love art? Painters, sculptors, gallery owners, and art advocacy groups all need lawyers. How do you turn your love into your business? What kind of legal services do your fellow enthusiasts need, and can they pay you? If you were a sculptor, wouldn’t you prefer a lawyer who genuinely shared your passion for creating beauty out of clay? If you can determine what it is you love, find others who also love it, identify those who create or do what you love, and figure out what legal services everyone needs, then you may have the makings of a valuable niche practice.


I call myself a “Beer Lawyer.” I focus on the craft beer, winery, and craft distillery industries. My goal is to be the one-stop-shop for small and start-up breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

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