Marc E. Sorini is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Washington, D.C. office. He heads the Firm’s Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Group, where he focuses on regulatory and litigation issues facing the alcohol beverage industry and non-beverage alcohol users.
Marc's alcohol beverage practice covers licensing, labeling, advertising, trade practices, distribution, import-export, formulation and excise taxation. He has represented alcohol beverage suppliers before federal and state courts, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), (formerly the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms or ATF), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state alcohol beverage control agencies, and he advises clients on compliance with the regulations and policies of TTB, FTC, the Food & Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Chambers USA ranks McDermott’s Alcohol Practice in its first tier and Marc is the only lawyer listed as a “Star Individual” in this field.
His work also spans a number of traditional areas of legal practice that affect beverage companies, including the following:
Corporate, such as drafting and negotiating distribution and co-pack agreements and handling the alcohol regulatory and due diligence aspects of industry transactions
Food and beverage, such as counseling on product formulation matters and representing companies in potential product recall situations
Government affairs, such as testifying at legislative hearings, preparing legislative and regulatory proposals, and participating in rulemaking proceedings
Litigation, such as handling investigations by government alcohol regulatory authorities and representing companies in disputes with distributors
Intellectual property, such as reviewing and clearing advertising and labeling under alcohol beverage laws, voluntary industry codes, and false advertising principles
Tax, specifically federal and state excise tax matters
Marc has represented alcohol beverage suppliers before federal and state courts, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB, formerly the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or ATF) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state alcohol beverage control agencies. He advises clients on compliance with the regulations and policies of the TTB, FTC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Marc also advises companies in the chemical, flavor and extract, energy, health care supply, soft drink and other industries on federal and state regulation of non-beverage alcohol. Marc often brings his in-depth knowledge to bear in legal projects involving many other practitioners, working with transactional deal teams from McDermott and other firms, litigation teams in commercial disputes or government investigations, subject matter specialists in food, agriculture, international trade and other areas, and a network of local lawyers and professionals skilled at handling the state and local zoning and licensing issues that arise in this industry.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Marc E. Sorini
Marc E. Sorini, a litigator and head of McDermott Will’s Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Group is a 2019 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for his depth of knowledge in alcohol industry litigation and regulation. Mr. Sorini provides actionable legal news and analysis for Law Review readers on topics ranging from the Safe Baking Act, to health claims on vodka and hemp, to state excise law changes for wine and distilled spirits.