Theodore J. Zeller III has in depth expertise in liquor legislation, regulatory licensing, industrial transactions, actual property transactions, and litigation.
Chair of the agency’s Liquor Regulation Follow Group, Ted was lead counsel in a beer rights case introduced towards the world’s largest brewers and is now Common Counsel to D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
Ted’s lobbying efforts helped change varied legal guidelines below the Pennsylvania Liquor Code. In 2010, Ted testified earlier than the Senate Regulation and Justice Committee on behalf of Yuengling Brewery regarding Home Invoice 291, which addresses the distribution of brewed drinks in Pennsylvania.
In 2011, Ted authored parts of two completely different payments that have been enacted into legislation. The payments helped small brewers by permitting extra environment friendly and value efficient model registration, in addition to altered the bundle legal guidelines for brewery licenses. He additionally appeared earlier than the Home Liquor Committee with the Brewers of Pennsylvania within the Privatization Hearings. Most just lately, his efforts helped change brewery laws to permit for taprooms and he authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit score laws. Additional, he has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166.
Ted counsels purchasers on the acquisition of liquor licenses and coordinates liquor license transactions with different observe areas, comparable to actual property, enterprise legislation, financing, tax legislation, mental property, and litigation. Recognized all through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he additionally represents beer pursuits on a nationwide degree and advises breweries and wholesalers on state regulatory issues involving beer distribution and franchise legal guidelines. He usually prepares distribution agreements for his purchasers and coordinates state and federal licensing for manufacturing and nationwide distribution.
Ted has tried a number of circumstances in county and federal courtroom, together with jury trials, and tons of of circumstances earlier than arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative legislation judges. He’s a member of the Pennsylvania Cider Guild and is Common Counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania and represents alcohol pursuits in each class. Ted has helped quite a few start-up breweries, wineries, distilleries, and retailers.
Ted was named a 2019 Pennsylvania Trailblazer by The Authorized Intelligencer and made a cameo look in “Undercover Billionaire,” Episode 1 -2, as himself giving recommendation on how one can construct a brewery.