Daniel J. Christopherson is an attorney at Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC. He joined the firm in 2013 after practicing law for over six years in the areas of business law, patent and trademark law, civil litigation, and beer law . At Lehrman Beverage Law, Daniel handles the firm’s trademark work and assists clients with FDA, TTB, and beer law issues.
In 2011, Daniel relocated from the western U.S. to Washington, D.C., where he began helping breweries , wineries, and distilleries develop their business plans, protect their intellectual property, and comply with state and federal regulations.
Daniel has helped several beverage companies avoid unnecessary conflicts and headaches by making sure their business name and other brands are not already being used by others (through a trademark clearance search), and by helping them federally register their brands at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). He strongly feels that every company should make trademark clearance searching and trademark registration an early and top priority. Daniel also recognizes the importance of maximizing the effectiveness of a client’s budget and takes care to avoid rejections whenever possible. Daniel’s experience also provides him with procedural strategies that often help minimize filing costs.
Mr. Christopherson has helped clients resolve brand conflicts with other companies, attempting to avoid costly litigation whenever possible through negotiation. When these negotiations have faltered, Daniel has also participated in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the USPTO.
Daniel has also helped businesses write employment agreements (often including trade secret or non-compete clauses), LLC and Corporation organizational documents, and more. He believes that carefully-drafted employment agreements are the most effective way for beverage companies to keep their recipes secret and to protect against unfair competition.
Daniel graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2007. While there, Daniel focused his studies on intellectual property law. Daniel also interned for the trademark division of the USPTO and the United States Copyright Office. Daniel is barred in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington, D.C., and is a registered Patent Attorney. aniel graduated from Michigan State University in 2004, where he studied Philosophy. aniel has also taken substantial post-graduate coursework in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.
Daniel is the main author of the brewery law website, dcbrewlaw.com, has contributed beverage law articles to beerpulse.com, is the legal advisor for probrewer.com, has appeared on the Small Batch Standard Podcast, and is an active member of the Brewer’s Association. Dan has been cited as an authority on trademark law by The Napa Valley Register, The Rockford Register Star, and The New Jersey Law Journal. He has been cited as an authority on patent law by the UK Telegraph and the UK Daily Mail.
Daniel is an avid fan of the craft beer, wine, and distilling industries and loves spending his free time visiting local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. He appreciates the care and creativity that goes into these industries, enjoys watching these products grow from idea to successful businesses, and is inspired by the fact that mankind has been improving and innovating alcohol beverages for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Dan can be reached at 202-449-3739, ext. 708. His fax number is 202-478-5189. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org