Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
Conflicts of Interest | Minnesota Craft Brewery and Distillery Law

5.0 Approved CLE Credits, including 3 Ethics Credits, Only $69

Minneapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Update: Space is still available, and we can accommodate a limited number of registrations at the door. You may pay by check the day of the event. If you wish to pay by credit card, please use the link below.

Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education and speakers from Maslon LLPwill be presenting a live 5-credit CLE in Minneapolis on April 27. The fee for the full five-hour program is only $69. This program includes three hours of ethics, and completely satisfies the ethics requirement for the reporting cycle for Minnesota and Wisconsin attorneys

The morning program will cover ethics, and will be followed by an interesting afternoon program addressing legal topics related to craft brewing and distilling in Minnesota. The afternoon program will discuss trademark and other intellectual property issues involved in establishing labels and brands. It will also discuss raising capital for breweries and distilleries, including navigation of the state and federal securities laws and the Minnesota crowdfunding statute. The capital raising panel will include attorneys and brewers, many of whom are recovering attorneys.

The program is being hosted by Able Seedhouse + Brewery, a local craft brewery, and participants will receive a free beer.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Taproom, Able Seedhouse + Brewery
1121 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Taproom Phone Number for Directions: (612) 405-4642

*-CLE credit has been approved/applied for as follows:

Program Description

Morning Program: Conflicts of Interest 2016. Live lecture presented by Richard Clem. This will be an in-depth look at the conflict of interest rules governing lawyers in Minnesota and other states. It will cover Rule 1.7 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as related rules. Subjects addressed include: Joint representations in general; driver and passenger; co-defendants in criminal cases; insured and insurer; organization and individuals within organization; buyer and seller; testator and beneficiary; closely related entitites; business transactions between clients; consent to conflicts; "hot potato" doctrine; and more. 180 Minutes.

Afternoon Program 1: Craft Brewing and Distilling Intellectual Property Issues. Intellectual property is critical to the success of many businesses, even craft breweries and distilleries. Brad Pederson and Eran Kahana from Maslon LLP will review the intellectual property issues that emerge when operating a brewery or distillery, including the various laws and processes related trademarks, trade secrets, branding and labeling, and receiving clearance for brand labels from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division. 60 Minutes.

Afternoon Program 2: Raising Capital for Craft Breweries and Distilleries. With the emergence of craft breweries and distilleries in Minnesota, many home brewers contemplate turning their favorite hobby into a business venture. Before doing so, most folks will need to raise sufficient capital to lease space and build out a facility, purchase equipment, grain and hops. Brad Pederson and Shauro Bagchi, attorneys at Maslon LLP, will review state and federal securities laws that come into play for craft breweries and distilleries looking to raise capital, including Regulation D of the Securities Act and the recently adopted MNvest state crowdfunding law. The panel will also include founders of local Minnesota craft breweries to share their capital raising perspectives and experiences, including Matt Johnson, COO of Able Seedhouse + Brewery, and Kale Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of 56 Brewing. 60 Minutes.

Course Materials

The course materials will be distributed at the door. If you would like to print a copy prior to the program (or "go green" and view them on your portable device), they are available at the following links:

About the Speakers

The morning ethics program will be presented by Richard P. Clem, an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for over 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991). You can visit his web pages at and and his blog at

The afternoon program will be presented and moderated by Brad Pederson, a partner at Maslon LLP in the firm's Business & Securities Group, where he represents businesses in venture formations, raising capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and general corporate matters. His expertise includes the craft brewing industry, where he works with craft breweries to become organized, raise capital, become licensed, and operate in the State of Minnesota.

Eran Kahana is an intellectual property and commercial lawyer with Maslon's Business & Securities Group. Eran counsels clients on a wide variety technology law, trademarks patents, copyrights and commercial law matters for clients in diverse industries, domestically and internationally. His expertise includes advising restaurants and alcoholic beverage producers on branding and licensing.

Shauro Bagchi is a business attorney at Maslon LLP in the firm's Business & Securities Group, where he represents businesses in venture formations, raising capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and general corporate matters. His expertise includes the craft beverage and restaurant industry, where he works with craft breweries and restaurants to become organized, raise capital, make acquisitions, realize exit events and grow in the State of Minnesota.

Matt Johnson, an attorney, is the COO of Able Brewing. In addition to hosting the event, he will serve as one of the panelists and speakers in the afternoon program. He graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2007.

Kale Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of 56 Brewing, responsible for project management, strategic planning, financial operations, capital financing and planning. Kale oversees all areas of production, operations, equipment, materials, purchasing, quality and sales. In 2014, Kale started 56 Brewing and has created an impressive following based on sales of growlers and self-distribution to bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities. 56 Brewing plans on building out and expanding, opening a new tap room with increased capacity in the near future.

Course Schedule
9:30 Registration
9:35 Welcome, opening remarks
9:40 Conflicts of Interest, Part 1 (Ethics, 90 minutes)
11:10 Break
11:15 Conflicts of Interest, Part 2 (Ethics, 90 minutes)
12:45 Lunch (On your own)*
1:10 Craft Brewing and Distilling Intellectual Property Issues
2:10 Break
2:15 Raising Capital for Craft Breweries and Distilleries (60 minutes)
3:15 Closing remarks

* - Able does not serve food, but You are allowed to bring outside food in. You can also order food from any of their super sweet neighborhood restaurants. A list will be provided.

Location and Directions

The program will be at the Taproom of Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. The Taproom phone number for directions is (612) 405-4642. Outside food is permitted, so you are welcome to bring a lunch. In addition, you will be able to order food from neighborhood restaurants, and a list will be available. All participants will receive a token for a Free Beer from Able's selection of beers. Accessibility: The location is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need any special accommodations, please contact Richard Clem.

The cost for the entire program is $69. You may register by mail by sending payment, along with a note indicating the date of the program you will be attending to:
Richard P. Clem
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone (612) 378-7751
For questions the day of the CLE, Cel. (651) 285-5474

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If you are interested in attending the afternoon program and not seeking CLE credits, you may attend the program free of charge after emailing with your registration information.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at or call me at 612-378-7751.

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