About the Firm
Candace L. Moon, Esq
Candace L. Moon discovered the need for specialized craft beer counsel while working as a bartender at Hamilton’s during law school. While she met countless brewers, there were no attorneys catering to the legally complicated industry. Accordingly, Candace opened a practice serving San Diego’s suds. She has since worked with over 200 craft breweries and craft breweries-in-planning nationwide, handling business entity formation, alcoholic beverage law, contract review, trademark law, as well as other legal needs. Candace’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia and her juris doctorate is from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif.
Board of Directors
- Pink Boots Society, 2016 – present
- San Diego Brewers Guild, 2017 – present
Professional Memberships and Associations
- Brewers Association, Member, 2009 – Present
- California Craft Brewers Association, Allied Member
- American Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
- State Bar of California, Member, 2008 – Present
- San Diego County Bar Association, Member, 2008 –Present
- San Diego Brewers Guild, Affiliated Member, 2010 –Present
Honors and Awards
- San Diego County Top Attorney Award – Intellectual Property (The Daily Transcript), 2014
- Best of the Bar – Intellectual Property Law (San Diego Business Journal), 2014
- Best of the Bar – Intellectual Property Law (San Diego Business Journal), 2015
- Finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO award, 2016
- Finalist for San Diego Magazine Women of the Year, 2016
The Original Craft Beer Lawyers, we are a California-based firm that has spent the last seven years dedicated to advising the craft beer industry. We actively serve over 200 craft beer breweries, including breweries in planning nationwide. And to think this all got started while bartending at the world-famous craft beer bar, Hamiltons, while attending law school in San Diego.
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Diane Medina, Esq.
With a background in criminal and DUI defense, Diane has extensive trial and administrative hearing experience which adds to the arsenal of talent here at Craft Beer Attorney. During her legal studies at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she developed a passion for Intellectual Property law and in 2006, graduated with a Certificate in the Center for Law, Technology, & Communications. Diane believes her greatest achievement is winning 1st place in the 1st grade Spelling Bee at Castle Elementary School in Bakersfield, California. The irony for this diehard Dodger fan, is that the winning word was “giant.”
Robert Lopez, Esq.
Attorney - Trademarks, Contracts
Robert graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in May of 2016. During law school, Robert was a member of the Center of Law and Intellectual Property as an Intellectual Property Fellow and earned his certificate in Intellectual Property. Additionally, Robert also participated in the Trademark Clinic where he worked as a certified law student at Thomas Jefferson. Prior to law school, Robert obtained his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Texas Tech University.
When Robert is not spending time in the office, he can be found out on the baseball diamond or at the movie theaters.
Tanya is the Office Ninja (Coordinator) who handles everything from running trademark clearances, filing trademarks, TTB, and ABC licenses, as well as managing events, the website and social media outlets. Tanya provides The Craft Beer Attorney, as well as its clients, with the best support and operations coordination available. Her expertise in project management, organization and strategy, married with her 16 plus years of experience in IT, make her an invaluable asset to her clients and their team.
Kathleen Spero, Esq.
Attorney - Employment Law
Kathleen (Katie) has focused her legal career on providing immigration and employment advice to employers and businesses of all sizes, including companies in the hospitality and food and beverage industries. Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) from San Diego State University in 1999; a Master of Pacific and International Affairs degree from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) in 2001; and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; California Bar Association; and San Diego Bar Association.
Karen M. Hawkes, Esq.
Karen M. Hawkes is a Trademark and Copyright attorney providing both transactional and litigation services to individuals and businesses. Ms. Hawkes focuses on the protection and enforcement of brands for clients ranging from start-ups to well established corporations of all sizes. She has experience in a wide range of industries including e-commerce, authors and artists, software and code developers, retail clothing, and numerous other industries. Ms. Hawkes is highly experienced in prosecuting and defending claims involving federal trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition and Lanham Act violations. Ms. Hawkes has substantial experience in prosecuting and defending enforcement actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in state and federal courts. In addition, Ms. Hawkes provides advice on advertising substantiation in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission and rights of publicity. Ms. Hawkes attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Ms. Hawkes graduated from California Western School of Law and has been a member of the California Bar since 2005. Ms. Hawkes is admitted to practice in the Southern District of California and the Central District of California. Ms. Hawkes is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Lorie Mallari, Esq.
Attorney - Trademark Law
Lorie received a B.S. in cell and molecular biology and a B.S.B.A. in economics from the University of Tennessee. Lorie then went on to receive her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law.
While at Gonzaga, Lorie externed for Chief Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Lorie also was a member of the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Team, where her team won best brief in the West Region.
At The Craft Beer Attorney, Lorie handles intellectual property matters.
Norell graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law with Cum Laude honors in May 2016. During law school Norell participated in the Trademark Clinic and the Community Economic Development Clinic as a certified law student at Thomas Jefferson. In addition to her time in the clinic Norell worked as an intern for the in house counsel at Bumble Bee Foods. Prior to law school, Norell obtained a MBA in Entertainment Business with a concentration in Project and Team Management from Full Sail University. For undergrad, Norell attended the University of Delaware where she received a Bachelor’s in English with a Film Concentration.
Fun Facts: She is an avid New York Giants fan and her favorite book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
As the only native San Diegan in the office, Nicole has earned the title of Office Unicorn. A walking San Diego encyclopedia, Nicole’s experience in the insurance and the service industries makes her a valuable resource for our clients. She’s one tough cookie, but many may not know that her guilty pleasure is devouring raw cookie dough. When she’s not enjoying time with her greatest achievement; a 19-month old tiny human who calls her “Mama,” she can be found around town drinking San Diego Pale Ales and Wine Barrel-Aged Beers!