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 litigation 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. Joe regularly litigates contract disputes, non-compete agreements, trade secret disputes, employment issues, real estate lease and easement disputes, construction law and negligence law. 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 serves as outside general counsel to numerous breweries, wineries and distilleries and advises them on the myriad of issues faced by companies operating in the highly regulated alcoholic beverage industry. This includes advising companies on distribution agreements and disputes, regulatory compliance, trademark issues, litigation, licensing, branding and many other areas. Joe’s expertise in the alcoholic beverage world is highly sought after as he regularly speaks at state and national alcoholic beverage conferences and currently serves as the President of the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild.
You can also follow Joe on Twitter: @alcoholbevatty
Assisted numerous breweries, wineries and distilleries through the complicated state and federal licensing process.
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.
Litigated a beverage distributor termination as a result of the distributor’s failure to abide by the terms of the distribution agreement with a client brewery
Successfully resolved litigation between a beverage manufacturer and a wholesaler following the wholesaler’s attempted sale of the beverage manufacturer’s distribution rights without prior approval.
Negotiated distribution agreements between beverage manufacturers and wholesalers across the country and across both franchise and non-franchise jurisdictions.
Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-present
Rising Star 2011-2012
Leading Lawyers in Michigan, 2016 - present
Grand Rapids Business Journal – 40 Under 40 Business Leaders - 2016
Federal Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Michigan Brewers Guild
Michigan Craft Distillers Association
President and co-founder – Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
Hospice of West Michigan Collaborative Board Member
Hospice of Michigan Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser Co-Chair, 2016-present
Michigan Craft Brewery Industry Update, ACG Detroit, October 20, 2016.
Brewery and Distillery Law, National Business Institute teleconference, April 19, 2016
Brewery Worker Health & Safety OSHA/MIOSHA Issues with Attorney Doug Crim, Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, January 14, 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.
"Inside Track: Brewing up a career," Grand Rapids Business Journal, Sept. 16, 2016
"Alternating proprietorships could alleviate capacity constraints for craft brewers," MiBiz, Aug. 21, 2016
"Homeland Security takes action against Grand Armory Brewing over trademark," MiBiz, Aug. 7, 2016
"Detroit's Atwater Brewery expands, looks to tap into national market," Crain's Detroit Business, July 13, 2016
"West Michigan’s booming craft beer industry grapples with growth," MiBiz, May 29, 2016
"Miller Canfield’s Infante helps launch national Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild," MiBiz, May 27, 2016
"Lager law: Attorneys' guild formed for craft brewers, others," Chicago Tribune, May 27, 2016
"Michigan’s craft beverage industry could prove attractive for acquisitions," MiBiz, Jan. 24, 2016
"DeVos-held Windquest Group acquires Coppercraft Distillery of Holland," MiBiz, Jan. 22, 2016