Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP Welcomes Partner…

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Robert A. Rivas

I’m pleased to join a firm with deep ties to the Los Angeles business, legal, and philanthropic community. I’m excited to help shape the new economies in California, and Los Angeles in specific, during these rapidly developing times in the Food & Beverage & Hospitality industry.

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP is pleased to announce that Robert A. Rivas has joined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office. He will be a partner in the firm’s newly formed Food & Beverage & Hospitality and Intellectual Property practice groups.

Robert represents clients in federal and state courts and before the US Patent and Trademark Office, as well as in arbitration proceedings in the US and abroad. Robert manages clients' global intellectual property portfolios including the protection of trademarks and trade dress and implementation of anti-counterfeit strategies. He is also seasoned in cross-border business transactions and disputes, coordinating and managing local counsel in foreign jurisdictions handling matters for his clients.

In the wine, beer, and spirits industry, as well as in the nonalcoholic beverage arena, Robert has a well-established practice having handled some of the largest and most complex matters in the industry and earned a reputation as a “go to” lawyer. Robert represents start-ups to global brands, as well as manufacturers, importers, and master distilleries and distillers, in intellectual property, transactional, and related litigation matters. He has wide experience negotiating and drafting agreements for the production, importation, and distribution of wine, beer, and spirits products.

Robert represents some of the world’s best-known hospitality, food & beverage brands. His clients in the United States and abroad, include hotels, resorts, bars, private clubs, restaurants and restaurant groups.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, Robert is a frequent lecturer and MCLE presenter on topics affecting the wine and spirits industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert spent five years as a member of the IP Litigation and International Services practice groups at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley PC. While at Ropers, he also served as the head of the Wine, Beer & Spirits Practice Group. Prior to his time at Ropers, he was a partner and co-chair of the International and IP practice groups at Alvarado Smith, APC.

“I’m pleased to join a firm with deep ties to the Los Angeles business, legal, and philanthropic community. I’m excited to help shape the new economies in California, and Los Angeles in specific, during these rapidly developing times in the Food & Beverage & Hospitality industry,” said Robert Rivas.

About WOLF, RIFKIN, SHAPIRO, SCHULMAN & RABKIN, LLP

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, founded in 1977, has over 45 lawyers in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Reno, providing the finest possible legal services while efficiently managing costs through small firm economics and commitment. Clients include individuals and community associations as well as businesses ranging from fledgling firms to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit: WRSLawyers.com.

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