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Laura Warf

Laura’s practice focuses on providing transactional advice and strategy to food and beverage brands and restaurants at all stages of growth and development – from startups to large national brands. She represents primarily wineries, breweries, consumer brands, and restaurants (as well as investors in these industries) in mergers and acquisitions transactions and strategic growth investments, as well as with supply chain matters and trademark and copyright licensing.

Laura’s industry focus has shaped her approach to practicing law: provide efficient, practical, and precise advice for food, beverage, and restaurant brands, with an emphasis on providing responsive and consistent service. Excellent service is one of the key values and skills she has learned from her clients, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

Recent Experience

Laura has had the privilege of assisting with many industry-leading transactions for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s clients, including the following recent transactions:
  • Portland’s premier ice cream company, Salt & Straw, in connection with its growth investment from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and affiliates. (2017)
  • Opal West Wines, in connection with the Walla Walla Vintner’s transaction. (2017)
  • Pabst Brewing Company in connection with its partnership with New Holland Brewing Company. (2016)
  • Rosser Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of Skillets Inc., an upscale breakfast and lunch restaurant in Florida. (2017)
  • Chef Joshua McFadden and Luke Dirks in connection with their purchase of Portland’s prestigious Italian restaurant, Ava Genes, from Duane Sorenson, and other corporate matters related to opening their acclaimed Tusk Middle Eastern restaurant. (2016)
  • Craft brewery Victory Brewing Company in connection with its transaction with Southern Tier Brewing and Artisanal Brewing Ventures. (2016)
  • Flynn Restaurant Group (the largest franchisee in the country) in connection with nearly all of its Taco Bell and Panera acquisitions. (2012-present)
  • Portland’s vertically-integrated investment firm, Agriculture Capital Management, in connection with its acquisition of Suntreat Packing & Shipping Co., TreeSource, and Griffith Farms, a farming, packaging and shipping company focused on citrus products, including the SUMO-brand oranges. (2015)

Practice Highlights

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiates and drafts asset sale and purchase agreements, acting for buyers and sellers
  • Assists and advises clients through the merger and acquisition transaction process, including assisting with the sale of a brewpub and multiple multi-unit restaurant acquisitions
  • Manages and conducts due diligence on mergers and acquisitions transactions and private equity transactions

Intellectual Property; Licensing
  • Assists clients with copyright and trademark assignments and licensing, including waiver and release agreements for the use of photographs and artwork
  • Investigates trademark and copyright infringement, assists clients with strategy and take-down requests for infringement occurring on social media sites, and drafts demand letters regarding such infringement
  • Provides advice pertaining to domain name issues and transfers
  • Drafts and provides guidance to clients regarding Internet privacy policies and terms of use policies
  • Assists clients with licensing and franchising matters, including franchise disclosure document updates and drafting an international development agreement and license agreements for restaurant development abroad

Food and Beverage; Supply Chain
  • Negotiates and drafts distribution, manufacturing, and co-pack agreements in the food and beverage industries
  • Assists clients with real estate matters that arise in connection with the liquor licensing process

General Corporate
  • Drafts and reviews non-disclosure agreements for actual and potential investors, consultants, and employees
  • Assists clients with entity formation, structuring, and corporate governance matters

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, Ore.
  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, Ore.
  • Law Clerk, Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon, Portland, Ore.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Section (of the MBA)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2018