K. Christopher ("KC") Branch, founder of the KC Branch Firm, dedicates himself to educating industry professionals, attorneys, and students about the intricate risks and responsibilities within the food and beverage arena.

KC is sought after for speaking engagements at universities in both the US and Europe, as well as for professional forums and on-site employee education. Collaborating closely with sponsoring organizations, he ensures his presentations are engaging and insightful, expanding the audience's knowledge base and highlighting the potential pitfalls of conducting business in the industry.

As an adjunct professor of Wine Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a seasoned practitioner in the industry, KC offered a comprehensive overview of various aspects of food, wine, and spirits issues. He tailored hi presentations to address specific facets of this highly regulated industry.

KC's teaching experience extends globally, including institutions such as the University of Reims in France, Ecole Superieure d'Agriculture d' Angers in France, and wine programs at Sonoma State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fresno, Monterey Bay, and San Diego State. He has also shared his expertise at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

KC regularly contributes to US and international conferences, including the International Wine Lawyers Congresses in Europe and the American Association of Wine Economists, KC actively participates in various industry symposiums such as the American Bar Association International (European Committee ), Business Law, Tort Law, and GP Solo Sections), International Bulk Wine Conferences, Global Chamber of Commerce, National Alcohol Beverage Licensing Association, National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Wine Spirits Wholesalers of America, The Wine Institute, and Family Winemakers of California. His talks cover a spectrum of topics, including ethics, wine law, cannabis, and litigation including

  • History of wine and spirits law
  • Covering aspects such as lines of credit and import-export dynamics, providing valuable insights into navigating the complexities of global commerce.
  • Cross-border and cross-industry collaborations, financial arrangements, or regulatory considerations
  • Mandatory responses to counterfeit wine
  • The use of GMOs in otherwise organic products
  • Grape contract pitfalls and results-oriented solutions
  • The use of brand names that infringe on third-party rights
  • Risk management through collaboration, communication, insurance, and business entities
  • Trade practice rules governing relationships between suppliers, distributors, retailers, and customers, including sales procedures, social media, contests, and sponsorships.