About Vine

Image-17 (1)We are a boutique law firm serving entrepreneurs and established businesses, with a special emphasis on the alcohol beverage and cannabis industries.

Laura Altieri is Vine’s primary attorney.  She opened this firm after six years of soaking in production and marketing regulations and commercial contracts in-house at the world’s largest winery.  She was a director level Assistant General Counsel and loves the business.She has also worked in house at 3 technology companies, primarily focused on advertising and consumer privacy. Hiring her, you get a great pedigree with experience working inside top companies.  She knows what useful, actionable outside counsel advice is.

She started her legal career at a large San Francisco law firm, spent five delightful years as a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and worked on many cutting edge issues counseling on marketing, social media, and intellectual property for Airbnb.  This means she understands the separate regimes that make up our federal and state regulations, and she is not a stranger to either technology nor internet marketing. She is Vice Chair of the Cannabis Section-Alameda County Bar Association, and a member of the California Craft Brewers Association, Napa Valley Winegrowers, Livermore Valley Winegrowers, NCSLA, and the National Cannabis Bar.  As a former in-house business attorney, she understands what in-house counsel and business people need from their lawyers.

Laura graduated from UC Berkeley twice (BA, JD) and has an MA from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She has years of varied work experience that help her see the world through non-lawyer eyes, having served as an economist for the UN, a teacher, a travel writer across Italy, a small business consultant for international companies entering the US, and in customer service for Amazon back when it had 90 employees.  Her interest in regulated industries was born out of her membership in the Bay Area Mashers Homebrewing club, where she still goes to taste beer much better than her own and she gets asked for a lot of legal advice.  She still brews 3-4 times a year.

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