Complimentary Webinar: Sobering Truth: A Drunk Driving Fatality Case Study



Wednesday, August 7th at 3 PM Eastern

Our industry is often synonymous with fun and celebration (in moderation). But events in your distillery can lead to the most serious of consequences. This complimentary webinar is a case study of one distillery’s experience after a fatal drunk driving accident resulted in a wrongful death claim. Learn what the process looked like, the outcome, what the distillery had in place to protect themselves, and the changes the distillery made to be better prepared.


About Your Presenters

Brian DeFoe (Lane Powell) is a business lawyer assisting clients in customer-facing industries on matters of business formation, governance and finance, as well as regulatory compliance. In the course of his practice, Brian frequently provides guidance to entrepreneurs and companies with respect to entity selection, formation and capitalization, as well as current best practices in corporate governance. As part of his role in advising clients on corporate governance, Brian is regularly called on to assist in internal investigations of alleged wrongdoing and to advise Boards of Directors with respect to such concerns. Brian has extensive experience advising clients of all sizes in connection with capital-raising transactions, including public and private securities offerings conducted in compliance with federal and state securities laws, and the entry into credit facilities with clients’ banking partners.

Brian advises clients on regulatory compliance across a broad spectrum of customer-facing industries. His experience includes:

  • Assisting clients in compliance with their obligations under state and federal securities laws, including disclosure obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Advising clients on their obligations under state and federal laws regarding the manufacturing, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages, including obligations under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

Brian has been commended for his work by Chambers® USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with one source describing him as “the most well-respected corporate lawyer focusing on spirits, hospitality and wine.”


Courtney McKee (Headframe Spirits & Headframe Spirits Manufacturing) was raised in Connecticut and moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana, where she received a BA in English Literature. Passionate about Montana, Courtney came to Butte in 2001 where she owned and operated an Information Technology consulting company for a number of years before getting into the distilled spirits business. Courtney and her husband John own Headframe Spirits in Butte, which opened in 2012, and were named Entrepreneurs and Ambassadors of the Year by Governor Steve Bullock in 2014 and 2015.  Headframe Spirits currently employs 27 individuals and has made a significant economic impact in their community.  The company is equal parts history and technology, which derives from the rich history and ingenuity that the beautiful hometown of Butte has to offer.

Headframe Spirits produces the popular micro-distilled spirits from Butte, America of the award-winning Neversweat Whiskey, High Ore Vodka, Anselmo Gin, and Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur.  Headframe Spirits operates a tasting room, manufactures state-of-the-art distillation equipment, and offers co-packaging/production to the distillation industry.  Headframe Spirits is the only company in the world which produces continuous flow distillation equipment for the micro-distilling industry.

Courtney is passionately engaged in developing corporate culture and establishing leadership roles for her employees. As well as empowering her corporate community, she is also committed to fostering opportunities for other entrepreneurs in Montana through the Distiller’s Guild of Montana, and has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

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