brian@simastaylor.com
(805) 779-4040 x 1

Brian F. Simas

Brian Simas provides experienced counsel to alcohol beverage and agribusiness industry stakeholders throughout the country, with emphasis on industry commercial and real estate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and alcohol beverage licensing / trade compliance. Brian additionally represents a diverse range of construction and real estate development professionals and businesses throughout the Central Coast.

Brian holds dual degrees in Wine and Viticulture and Agricultural Business from Cal Poly and came into his legal practice with extensive work experience and knowledge in the wine and agriculture sector.

In addition to his practice, Brian is currently a Professor in the Wine and Viticulture Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he teaches an upper division course in wine law and compliance. Brian previously taught wine law and compliance as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Brian regularly speaks at symposiums, universities, and continuing education seminars on subjects related to the alcohol beverage industry.

Education

Cal Poly SLO, College of Agriculture (Cum Laude)
BS, Wine and Viticulture
BS, Agricultural Business

Pepperdine School of Law
Juris Doctor
Fellowship, Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law

Activities

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Wine and Viticulture Department

Lecturer, Wine Law and Compliance

Pepperdine University School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Wine Law (2013-2014)

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County
Board Member

La Cuadrilla Foundation
Board Member

Santa Barbara Vintners Vineyard & Winery Regulations Committee
Vice Chair (2013-2017)

Allan Hancock College Agriculture Advisory Committee
Board Member (2013-2015)

Speaking

Central District of California Judicial Conference
Presenter / Wine Law MCLE
Ojai, CA

San Luis Obispo Bar Association
Presenter / Small Firm Tech MCLE
San Luis Obispo, CA

Pepperdine School of Law
Featured Presenter / Wine Labeling MCLE
Sausalito, CA

Loyola Marymount School of Law
Moderator / Alcohol Law Panel
Los Angeles, CA

Long Beach Bar Association
Presenter / Wine Law MCLE
Long Beach, CA

 

 


courtney@simastaylor.com
(805) 779-4040 x 2

Courtney E. taylor

Courtney Taylor serves as counsel to a diverse range of business clientele, including numerous alcohol beverage and agribusiness enterprises, with an emphasis on alcohol beverage industry trademarks and branding, business and real estate transactions, and land use.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, Courtney acquired extensive business expertise as a management consultant with the global management consulting firm, Accenture, in San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. During her four years at Accenture, Courtney provided consulting oversight to Fortune 100 companies throughout the country in the financial services industry to successfully transition clients to new business models resulting from large commercial insurance and bank mergers, and other large-scale corporate initiatives.

A native of San Luis Obispo, Courtney lives in the Avila Valley on her family vineyard and cider apple orchard with her husband, Ben, and two sons.

Education

University of California, Davis
(Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa)
BA, Organizational Communication
BA, Spanish

University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall)
Juris Doctor

Activities

SLO County Women's Shelter Program
Board Member

San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board
Business Board Member

American Heart Association
Chair, 2017 Go Red For Women Luncheon

Speaking

SLO County Women Lawyer's Association
Presenter / Wine Law MCLE
San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo Bar Association
Presenter / Small Firm Tech MCLE
San Luis Obispo, CA

Santa Barbara County Bar Association
Presenter / Small Firm Tech MCLE
Santa Maria, CA

BizTalkRadio KSCO 1080
Wagner and Winick on the Law
Guest / Wine Law
San Luis Obispo, CA

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Wine Law & Compliance Course

Presenter / Alcohol Beverage Trademarks
San Luis Obispo, CA