Liquor Licensing: Seminar on Brewery and Distillery Law in New York

Alexandra Becker of Nolan Heller Kauffman will be speaking at a seminar on “Brewery and Distillery Law in New York” to be held on Monday, June 24 in East Syracuse, New York. The topics to be discussed include various issues relating to the brewing and distilling industries, such as licensing, labeling, regulatory compliance, tax reporting, negotiation and drafting of brewery and distillery contracts, intellectual property concerns and more. The brewing and distilling industries are growing rapidly in New York, but complex state and federal regulations present obstacles to both startups and established businesses. Sponsored by the National Business Institute, the program is intended to teach attorneys, accountants, tax preparers, paralegals, bankers and loan officers, and brewery owners and operators how to build a solid business; minimize liability; and navigate licensing, labeling, and tax reporting challenges. For more details, go to:  Brewery and Distillery Law in New York.

Longtime Albany Law Firm Adds Named Partner and Recommits to Downtown Albany with New Office Location

Albany, N.Y. – Longtime Albany business law firm Nolan & Heller announced today that as it moves to a new downtown location at 80 State Street it has been renamed Nolan Heller Kauffman, adding Madeline H. Kibrick Kauffman, one of the firm’s two managing partners, as a named partner.

Madeline H. Kibrick Kauffman

Since its founding in 1964, Nolan Heller Kauffman has provided a full range of legal services in business and commercial matters, including corporate and commercial real estate transactions, commercial litigation, banking, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and reorganizations, corporate law, environmental law, governmental relations (including regulatory issues involving liquor licensing and gaming), land use, zoning and planning law, municipal law, and securities.  Its clients include publicly traded and privately held businesses, financial institutions, commercial real estate owners and developers, contractors, entrepreneurs and start-ups, municipalities and state government agencies. 

Kauffman has been with Nolan & Heller since 1987, serving both domestic and international clients. She is one of only a few women to become a named partner of a well-established Capital Region law firm.  Kauffman concentrates her practice in the areas of creditors’ rights, commercial loan workouts and restructurings, commercial lending, commercial and real estate transactions, business counseling and contracts, cash management documentation, complex commercial litigation and large-scale collections.  She is a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, holds an “AV” ® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, and has been selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list since 2012.  Kauffman has served as counsel to the Albany County Business Development Corporation since 2013.  She is a graduate of Union College and Albany Law School.

“For decades, Nolan & Heller has served clients throughout New York State and beyond, providing them with creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. I am extremely proud that the firm to which I have dedicated my entire career now bears my name, along with the names of its founders, Howard Nolan and Mark Heller, and that of his son, my fellow managing Partner Justin Heller,” said Kauffman.

Nolan Heller Kauffman moved from its offices at 39 North Pearl Street in Albany earlier this month and now occupies 7,000 square feet of office space on the 11th floor of 80 State St. in Albany. Its staff of 20 includes 15 attorneys and five support staff.

“We are thrilled to renew our commitment to maintaining our offices in downtown Albany, as we have for the past 55 years,” said Heller.  “We have earned a reputation as one of the Capital Region’s top law firms – delivering Wall Street quality legal services and results – and we look forward to continuing to do so from our new location.”

MILMIC Payout Update

Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company Payout for Eligible Policyholders.

Berkshire Hathaway’s ongoing purchase of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (aka “MLMIC”) has created a potential cash payout to healthcare professionals who were MLMIC policyholders for any time during the period July 15, 2013 through July 14, 2016. Generally, healthcare professionals covered through MLMIC are on record as the eligible policyholders, and entitled to receive a share of the proceeds of the $2.502 Billion purchase price.  MLMIC has estimated the payout to be approximately 1.9 times the amount of premiums paid during this period.

However, MLMIC has provided consent forms for individual policyholders to designate their policy administrator or employer to receive the payout, and administrators or employers who claim entitlement to the proceeds may file an objection to payment to the policyholder if the policyholder does not sign the consent.  In that case, the proceeds will be paid into escrow pending resolution of the dispute.

Nolan & Heller, LLP has been retained by healthcare professionals to assist them in protecting their rights where their employers (or former employers) have objected, or may object, to payment of MLMIC sale proceeds directly to the policyholder.

If you are a healthcare professional covered through MLMIC during the applicable period, and have concerns over your right to receive sale proceeds and/or your employer’s or former employer’s possible claim to the payment, please feel free to contact us to discuss your rights and how we may be of assistance to you.  You will not be charged for an initial telephone or in-person consultation.  In the event you decide to engage us, we offer our services on a contingency basis, under which we will be paid only in the event you receive sale proceeds.

Please contact Justin A. Heller, Esq. at or Alexandra B. Becker, Esq. at, or call us at (518) 449-3300

Nolan & Heller, LLP is a preeminent, award winning business law firm with offices in Albany and Syracuse, New York, and serving clients throughout New York State.



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