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APRIL 11, 2013 – Cary Greene, former general counsel to the influential association of U.S. wineries, WineAmerica, has joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and will practice out of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

"We are thrilled to welcome Cary to our nationally recognized food and beverage team," said Jesse Lyon, chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s food and beverage practice. "His keen understanding and practical manner for addressing the issues faced by all facets of the alcohol beverage business, combined with his wide network of contacts in D.C. and detailed knowledge of the regulatory landscape, will be of tremendous value to our roster of wine, beer, and spirits industry clients throughout the country."

"DWT does great work for many of the top players in the alcohol beverage industry on the West Coast, and around the country," said Greene. "I like how they treat their clients, and I’m pleased to be able to join such a high-caliber team that is doing such great work for this dynamic industry. It is great to have the opportunity to continue facilitating the growth of food and beverage businesses through my role with the firm."

The addition of Greene marks the third major hire in DWT’s food and beverage practice in the past twelve months. Don Buder, a highly experienced transaction lawyer with deep experience in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries, joined the firm’s San Francisco office earlier this year. And Charles M. (Chip) English, who has extensive experience representing businesses and trade associations before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, joined the firm in D.C. last year.

Greene has substantial experience within the alcohol beverage industry, drafting legislation, setting national policy strategy and agendas, testifying before legislative bodies, and advocating for the interests of American wineries, breweries, and distilleries at all levels of government.

During his tenure at WineAmerica, Greene successfully supported the passage of winery direct-to-consumer shipping legislation in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and worked with distillers and brewers to defeat state and federal legislation that threatened to restrict the sale and distribution of alcohol beverages.

A graduate of the Emory University School of Law, Greene is admitted to practice law in Georgia and the District of Columbia.

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