FX Award - Matthew McLaughlin - McLaughlin PCMatthew McLaughlin focuses his practice on corporate and business transactions including advising companies on corporate and commercial finance matters, federal, state and local economic development incentives and non-traditional sources of capital.

His industry experience includes manufacturing, food and beverage, energy, and technology sectors. He has worked with clients on every aspect of the expansion and relocation process, including business organization, real property due diligence, acquisition and development, land use and zoning, financing, tax matters and other state and local regulatory issues.

Matthew represents parties in historic preservation and community development projects leveraging federal grants, new market tax credits, low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits. In addition, he focuses a portion of his practice on representing start-ups, emerging companies and investors on a wide variety of organizational issues, corporate transactions, corporate financings, securities laws and corporate compliance matters.

As an extension of Matthew’s experience in the food and beverage industry, a significant portion of his practice is focused on the alcohol beverage industry, drawing on extensive expertise working with regional craft breweries and craft distilleries in all aspects of their operations.
Matthew advises industry participants throughout the Southern United States, and beyond, on business entity formation, ownership structure, startup financing and expansion financing, and files and registers trademarks and protects all forms of intellectual property. He oversees the land use approval process for the construction and operation of craft breweries and craft distilleries, and drafts and reviews distribution agreements, licensing agreements and employment related agreements.

Matthew also advises clients on Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) license applications and the filing of other necessary federal and state permits. He also regularly consults craft breweries, craft distilleries and brewpubs on alcohol and beverage laws. He works with trade associations and guilds on legislative and policy matters that impact the alcohol industry.

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Publications & Speaking Engagements

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Recipient – F.X. Matt Defense of the Craft Brewing Industry Award, Brewers Association, 2017
  • Principal – Backwater Management, a boutique real estate development company
  • Founder – Coalesce Coworking, a coworking space located in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Founder – 1 Million Cups Jackson
  • Faculty – The University of Vermont, Brewery Finance, Accounting, and Regulatory Compliance, 2017
  • Faculty − The University of Vermont, Business of Craft Beer Professional Certificate Program, 2015 to present
  • Faculty – The University of Southern Mississippi, Adjunct, Economic Development Finance, 2016 and 2017
  • Member – Mississippi’s Creative Economy Program Advisory Panel
  • Mentor − Mississippi Enterprise for Technology
  • Mentor − Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend in Jackson and Biloxi
  • Mentor − Innovate Mississippi New Venture Challenge
  • Member − Mississippi Creative Economy Task Force
  • Executive Committee – Bully Bloc, a non-partisan political action committee
  • Advisory Board – Downtown Jackson Partners
  • Board Member − Greenwood Cemetery Association
  • Board Member − Team Jackson
  • Co-chair − Attorneys for the Cure 2014, Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Pink Tie Guy 2013 − Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • American Bar Association, Corporate Law Section, Tax Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, and the Affordable
  • Housing and Community Development Forum
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Business Law and Tax Sections
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2009 – 2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Economic Development Law, 2013 − 2016; Food and Beverage Law, 2016; Business
  • Organizations, 2016
  • Leadership Mississippi, Class of 2005
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, Class of 2007
  • Mississippi Business Journal Top 40 Under 40, 2008
  • Former Board Member for the following organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Belhaven Improvement Association, The
  • Phoenix Club of Jackson, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, North Midtown Community Development Corporation, and the Mississippi
  • Main Street Association
  • Admissions: Mississippi, 2002 and Tennessee, 2017


  • University of Florida Fredric G. Levin School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2003
  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Millsaps College, B.A., 1999, cum laude
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