Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 2005
Michigan State University, B.S. 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Sixth Circuit
- Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Courts
- Western District of Michigan
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Joseph Infante's practice focuses on complex commercial, intellectual property and alcoholic beverage manufacturing regulation.
Joe has broad corporate litigation experience that includes representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
By focusing on providing in-depth analysis of complex legal issues, Joe strives to advance the most appropriate course of action for his client's needs. In order to provide more complete representation for his clients, Joe obtained admission to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Joe is the head of Miller Canfield’s alcoholic beverage regulation team. In his practice, Joe regularly advises breweries, wineries, distilleries, distributors and retailers on the myriad issues faced by companies operating in the highly regulated alcoholic beverage industry. This includes advising companies on regulatory compliance, trademark issues, litigation, licensing, branding and many other areas.
Successfully appealed an adverse decision before an En Banc panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a prisoner in a Section 1983 case resulting in a change in the law to apply federal law in spoliation cases and a remand of the case.
Represented a start-up microbrewery through the licensing process and, ultimately, a successful appeal of a Liquor Control Commission license denial.
Represented a winery/cidery in negotiations with the Department of Agriculture and obtained a successful determination that certain regulations were inapplicable to the client.
Represented a brewery in litigation resulted in return of the brewery’s property.
Advised a large multi-state grocery chain on the process of transferring alcohol and tobacco inventory when closing a store and coordinated the transfer with the required state regulatory agencies.
Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-present
Rising Star 2011-2012
Leading Lawyers in Michigan, 2016
Federal Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Michigan Brewers Guild
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
Hospice of West Michigan Collaborative Board Member
Hospice of Michigan Barley, BBQ & Beats Co-Chair, 2016
"Prepare for the Regulators" with Attorney Douglas W. Crim, Craft Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo, Louisville, Kentucky, April 1, 2015
“Our Bumpy Ride to Opening a Brewery” with Land Grant Brewing Company, Ohio Craft Brewers Conference, Wooster, Ohio, February 5, 2015.
“Brewery & Distillery Law: Practical Considerations for Advising Brewery & Distillery Clients,” CLE International, Orlando, FL, September 18, 2014.
“Brewery & Distillery Law,” Thomson Reuters, Teleconference, September 11, 2014.
“Distillery Regulatory Compliance”: American Distilling Institute, Holland, Michigan, September 10, 2014.
"Brewery and Distillery Law," National Business Institute teleconference, June 19, 2014.
“Protecting Your Brand,” 2014 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference, Traverse City, Michigan, February 26, 2014.