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Brad Berkman


Brad Berkman is a member of the Hospitality, Alcohol and Leisure Industry Group at Greenspoon Marder. He concentrates on providing guidance to all tiers of the alcohol beverage industry, including suppliers, wholesalers and retailers.

Brad’s principal expertise is providing counsel to upper-tier industry members on legal, regulatory, and operational concerns within the framework of federal and state(s) beverage alcohol laws and regulations. Areas of focus include complex Tied-House issues, contract negotiations, drafting and disputes, trade practice concerns, distribution matters, international trade of beverage alcohol and TTB and state alcohol beverage control issues. Brad has also advised third-party marketing companies, celebrity brand owners and influencers on many trade practice matters. He is also versed in municipal zoning, permitting and licensing of vendors of alcohol (bars, restaurants and hotels).

Brad has real-world experience having started his career in the industry principally on the supplier side having worked in various sales and marketing capacities of malt, wine and spirits manufacturers and brand owners. Combined, Brad has nearly thirty years of experience in all aspects of the industry.

As an additional note, Brad grew up in the business and has deep ancestral roots in the trade. His great-grandmother was a pioneer in the field who was one of the first women to hold a liquor “salesman’s” license in the State of New York. She parlayed that start into a large, female, and eventually family-owned beer distributorship that served the five boroughs of New York City for many decades.

Brad regularly contributes to the firm’s Hospitality, Alcohol, & Leisure Industry Group blog and hosts the Ardent Spirit podcast.

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  • Florida


  • J.D., St. Thomas University of Law, 2006
  • M.S., Forensic Science, George Washington University, 1991


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