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Tydings represents a variety of food and beverage companies across the mid-Atlantic region. Restaurant chains, retailers, distributors, manufacturing plants, distilleries and wineries, catering companies, and food-packing factories turn to us for counsel because of our attorneys’ familiarity with the facets of the food and beverage industry.

Among our many experienced lawyers is Lee Lundy, a partner who served as Vice President and General Counsel of Campbell Soup Company, leading its legal function for 11 years.

On behalf of our food and beverage industry clients, we handle:

  • New business formation and financing;
  • Sale of business, including mergers and acquisitions;
  • Employment and labor relations matters;
  • Tax planning;
  • Real estate and leasing, zoning, and permits;
  • Licensing and intellectual property protection; and
  • Competition, distribution and franchising agreements.

We also advise clients and represent them in litigation in matters involving antitrust, franchise, and trade regulation, products liability, and employment law.  We often serve as outside general counsel, addressing the general business needs of our food and beverage industry clients.

Representative Matters

  • Represent a dairy producer/distributor in general business matters, including labor negotiations and tax disputes;
  • Serve as outside counsel to a privately held food service distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Handled general corporate matters, including succession planning and employment counseling;
  • Represent a Fortune 500 bottler and distributor in various products liability and auto tort claims;
  • Represented two families who were co-owners in a local baked goods manufacturer with a national customer base in the sale of their business;
  • Negotiated leases for a regional catering company;
  • Defended a mid-Atlantic convenience store chain as well as a warehouse membership club in separate cases that challenged the validity of state sales-below-cost statutes and regulations. Prevailed in both cases; one before reaching trial and the other after trial;
  • Defended two brewery companies in separate suits brought by former distributors;
  • Negotiated a Section 363 sale of all a debtor’s assets in a liquidation of a restaurant with nearly 50 employees; and
  • Represented a restaurant in a lawsuit brought by former employees under the WARN Act, which was dismissed by the court on summary judgment.
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