I am Scott Burger, I am a North Carolina-licensed attorney, founder of Burger Legal, PLLC, and I am the NC Beer Lawyer. I have practiced law in North Carolina since 2009 and have extensive experience in real estate transactions (residential and commercial closings and leases), intellectual property matters (including trademark registrations), and business formations and transactions of all types.
During college, I developed an affinity for the craft beer scene, starting with beers such as Bell’s Oberon and Jolly Pumpkin’s Calabaza Blanca. Since that time, and three years of law school thereafter, I have steadily developed areas of practice that will aim to assist craft breweries in North Carolina with every transactional item a craft brewery might need, from start to finish (while learning how to brew my own beer from time to time, as well!). In essence, I am my client’s in-house counsel, without the need to keep me on payroll full time.
I formed Burger Legal, PLLC in August, 2012 and have been operating the law firm ever since. I was raised in Okemos, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in history. I continued my education and obtained a Juris Doctor degree at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan. While at MSU Law, I was an Articles Editor of the Journal of International Law and the Treasurer of the Intellectual Property Law Society. My article entitled Eradication of a Secondary Infringer’s Safe Havens: The Need for a Multilateral Treaty Addressing Secondary Liability in Copyright Law was published by the Journal following my graduation (18 Mich. St. J. Int’l L. 143 (2009)).
I reside in Winston-Salem, with my wife, Christa, our young daughter, Mia, and our two dogs, Yost and Maizey. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Michigan football and basketball, golfing and playing other sports as much as my schedule allows, and, of course, checking out new breweries and beers at local beer festivals.