Jennifer Morgan practices in regulatory and administrative law.   She focuses her practice in alcoholic beverage distribution and regulation and regularly represents suppliers, importers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, brokers, wholesalers, and retail permittees before the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) Commission, including matters involving supplier-wholesaler relationships, beer and wine distribution agreements, brand distribution disputes,  distribution and sub-distribution contracts, trade practice investigations, requests for exemption and compliance proceedings. Jennifer assists and advises clients in obtaining federal, state, and local ABC permits.  She represents clients in drafting distribution agreements, sub-distribution agreements, franchise agreements, alternating proprietorships, private label agreements and other contracts.  She assists and advises clients relating to best practices for beer and wine festival management in North Carolina, including obtaining permits, drafting agreements and advertising.  She also assists clients with questions regarding advertising, labeling and other trade practice matters involving alcoholic beverages.

Jennifer is a contributing author to Williams Mullen’s Alcoholic Beverage Law blog.

Jennifer Morgan practices in regulatory and administrative law.   She focuses her practice in alcoholic beverage distribution and regulation and regularly represents suppliers, importers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, brokers, wholesalers, and retail permittees before the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) Commission, including matters involving supplier-wholesaler relationships, beer and wine distribution agreements, brand distribution disputes,  distribution and sub-distribution contracts, trade practice investigations, requests for exemption and compliance proceedings. Jennifer assists and advises clients in obtaining federal, state, and local ABC permits.  She represents clients in drafting distribution agreements, sub-distribution agreements, franchise agreements, alternating proprietorships, private label agreements and other contracts.  She assists and advises clients relating to best practices for beer and wine festival management in North Carolina, including obtaining permits, drafting agreements and advertising.  She also assists clients with questions regarding advertising, labeling and other trade practice matters involving alcoholic beverages. 

Jennifer also focuses her practice in utilities law and the representation of businesses and municipalities before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, including matters involving applications for and transfers of Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity, applications for rate increases, matters involving renewable energy, issues regarding wastewater and sewer, siting of electric transmission distribution lines and many other regulatory compliance matters.  Representative clients include commercial real estate developers, property owners, hotels, homeowners associations, manufacturers, banks, utilities and municipalities.

Jennifer also represents licensed business entities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, administered by the Special Nutrition Programs Unit in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

Jennifer represents licensed business entities with other administrative and regulatory matters in North Carolina.
 
Jennifer is licensed to practice in North Carolina.  She currently serves as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.  She is a past Secretary of the Wake County Bar Association and the Tenth Judicial District Bar and is a past President of the Wake County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She has been named a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (2013-present) in the area of Administrative Law. 
 
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from North Carolina State University, where she was a Park Scholar and was elected Student Body Chief Justice.  She earned her law degree with honors from Campbell University, where she was a merit scholarship recipient.  In law school she was selected as a comments editor of the Campbell Law Review, was a member of the National Trial Team for two years and served as a student law clerk to the Honorable Alan Thornburg at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
 
Representative Experience

ABC Regulation

  • represented winery in precedential case involving the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act over a winery’s primary American source rights to a wine brand;
  • represented suppliers in investigations by the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, the North Carolina ABC Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding suppliers’ activities with local ABC boards in North Carolina;
  • represented numerous wineries and wholesalers in disputes relating to termination of distribution agreements and/or dual designation of territories;
  • represented supplier in connection with termination of distributor;
  • represented wineries and wholesalers in disputes involving the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act;
  • represented breweries and wholesalers in disputes involving the North Carolina Beer Franchise Law;
  • represented suppliers and wholesalers regarding terminations, cancellations, and non-renewals of distribution agreements;
  • represented suppliers and wholesalers regarding drafting and modifications of distribution agreements;
  • represented numerous wineries, wholesalers, and retailers in obtaining ABC permits;
  • advised North Carolina wholesaler on issues involving transfer of wine business under North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act;
  • advised suppliers and wholesalers regarding asset purchase agreements and statutory approvals and objections to transfers of business;
  • represented brewery/restaurant in exemption request from tied house statutes and regulations;
  • represented winery in exemption request from tied house statutes and cooperative advertising regulations;
  • represented winery in obtaining licensure approvals, labeling approvals, and brand registration reports;
  • reviewed statutory language for proposed changes to the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act.

Utilities Regulation 

  • represented utilities, businesses, and municipalities in various regulatory proceedings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission;
  • represented municipality in Superior Court and appellate litigation before the North Carolina Court of Appeals involving electric transmission lines dispute;
  • represented business in regulatory proceedings at the North Carolina Utilities Commission over ownership of wastewater pump station;
  • represented wastewater sewer utility in abandonment proceeding before the North Carolina Utilities Commission;
  • advised utility regarding renewable energy credits and matters involving renewable energy for declaratory ruling request;
  • advised various utilities, businesses, and municipalities in matters related to statutory and regulatory compliance.

ABC Regulation

  • represented winery in precedential case involving the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act over a winery’s primary American source rights to a wine brand
  • represented suppliers in investigations by the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, the North Carolina ABC Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding suppliers’ activities with local ABC boards in North Carolina
  • represented numerous wineries and wholesalers in disputes relating to termination of distribution agreements and/or dual designation of territories
  • represented supplier in connection with termination of distributor
  • represented wineries and wholesalers in disputes involving the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act
  • represented breweries and wholesalers in disputes involving the North Carolina Beer Franchise Law;
  • represented suppliers and wholesalers regarding terminations, cancellations, and non-renewals of distribution agreements;
  • represented suppliers and wholesalers regarding drafting and modifications of distribution agreements;
  • represented numerous wineries, wholesalers, and retailers in obtaining ABC permits;
  • advised North Carolina wholesaler on issues involving transfer of wine business under North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act;
  • advised suppliers and wholesalers regarding asset purchase agreements and statutory approvals and objections to transfers of business;
  • represented brewery/restaurant in exemption request from tied house statutes and regulations;
  • represented winery in exemption request from tied house statutes and cooperative advertising regulations;
  • represented winery in obtaining licensure approvals, labeling approvals, and brand registration reports;
  • reviewed statutory language for proposed changes to the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act.

 

Utilities Regulation

  • represented utilities, businesses, and municipalities in various regulatory proceedings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission;
  • represented municipality in Superior Court and appellate litigation before the North Carolina Court of Appeals involving electric transmission lines dispute;
  • represented business in regulatory proceedings at the North Carolina Utilities Commission over ownership of wastewater pump station;
  • represented wastewater sewer utility in abandonment proceeding before the North Carolina Utilities Commission;
  • advised utility regarding renewable energy credits and matters involving renewable energy for declaratory ruling request;
  • advised various utilities, businesses, and municipalities in matters related to statutory and regulatory compliance.