Ward and Smith, P.A. is pleased to announce that Derek Allen was appointed to serve on the Asheville Brewers Alliance Board of Directors. The Alliance is a trade and membership organization dedicated to promoting Western North Carolina craft beer and breweries, and provides member education and support.
Allen leads the Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use practices. He has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to those with national distribution. His practice includes representation of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a wide range of permitting, regulatory, and trade issues. Allen has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals. He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, development, and real property disputes in state and federal courts. He has litigated numerous matters concerning land use issues at the trial and appellate levels, and also has experience litigating corporate and partnership disputes before the North Carolina Business Court.