MILWAUKEE, WI – Davis|Kuelthau, s.c. is proud to announce Brian C. Randall as chair of the firm’s Food and Beverage Industry Team. Lisa Kleiner Wood led the practice for three years and will continue to serve as a member of the 11-attorney FaB Team.
Brian recently joined the firm primarily working from its Milwaukee office. In addition to chairing the Food and Beverage Industry Team, Brian is a member of the firm’s Municipal Law practice and its Real Estate practice, focusing on land use, zoning and tax increment financing. He represents food and beverage clients that need alcohol beverage and food establishment licenses, as well as businesses with other municipal licenses, handling applications, license renewals, quasi-judicial hearings, and regulatory compliance. Brian guides clients through statutory and ordinance issues including legislative strategies for proposed ordinance changes.
Clients regularly turn to Brian to address alcohol license quota restrictions which can present economic development challenges for a community. One recent example was Brian’s successful effort working with the City of Wauwatosa, a developing community facing the quota limit, to establish a Premier Economic Development District (under the 2016 “Titletown District” law) creating two additional Class B licenses for his developer client to attract new businesses to its project.
A graduate of Marquette University Law School, Brian’s accomplishments in the legal industry include Best Lawyers® in America (Food & Beverage Law and Land Use & Zoning Law) and Wisconsin Super Lawyers®. He also was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree.
As chair of the firm’s FaB efforts, Brian will lead the firm’s participation in FaB WI and other food and beverage associations such as the Tavern League of Wisconsin. The attorneys and tax professionals on Davis & Kuelthau’s Food and Beverage Industry Team are a recognized leading service group representing the full industry cluster—from farm to factory to fork including breweries, cheesemakers, organic dairy products, non-alcoholic beverage manufacturing, poultry products, orchards, and wineries. The team advises restaurants, bars and other retail businesses, including franchises. They also provide counsel to cold storage warehousing, food packaging and transportation businesses.
Lisa Kleiner Wood, former chair and continued member of the firm’s FaB Industry Team, also is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Teams. Since 2015, she worked with Davis|Kuelthau’s attorneys and tax professionals to provide timely educational programs for FaB clients and initiated several team growth initiatives for the FaB Team. She now serves as co-chair of the Real Estate Practice alongside Robert W. Habich, Corporate and Real Estate attorney. Lisa works with clients on commercial real estate matters including the purchase, sale, development and leasing of healthcare, retail, industrial, office, and multi-family real estate, asset based lending, leasing, restructuring, workouts and liquidations of troubled or defaulted loans, construction law, corporate and general business matters, acquisitions and mergers, and sales of businesses. Lisa represents organizations in the food and beverage industry for their real estate and other legal needs.
A graduate of Marquette University Law School, Lisa’s success and contributions to the legal industry have most recently been recognized by the Best Lawyers® in America where she is listed as a Best Lawyer in the area of Real Estate for the 2018 edition and has also been ranked by Martindale-Hubbell.
Davis|Kuelthau, s.c. offers an array of innovative legal solutions to business owners and corporations of all sizes, including emerging, middle market and Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals and families, private and institutional investors, and lenders. The firm’s attorneys, who practice from three offices across Wisconsin, have national experience combined with strong community ties. For more information, please visit www.dkattorneys.com.