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January 2020

Partner Marie Trimble Holvick Interviewed by Foodable on Laws Related to the Start-Up Food Industry

San Francisco Employment and Hospitality Litigator Marie Trimble Holvick was interviewed by Foodable at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show.  Holvick discussed food start-up law related to contractors (aka “gig” workers) in start-ups, ADA requirements for accessible websites, and common pitfalls food start-ups fall victim to.  Her interview can be seen here.  The 2020 Winter Fancy Food Show, held in San Francisco, featured 80,000+ specialty foods & beverages, and thousands of new products from 1,400+ exhibitors from around the globe.

Holvick is the Assistant Managing Partner of the San Francisco Bay Area offices, and the Employment Chair for the firm’s Retail & Hospitality practice group. She is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in handling employment matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also regularly handles lawsuits involving class action “wage and hour” violations and PAGA claims. Holvick is very active in the hospitality industry, and has developed an expertise in defending restaurants, wineries, and hotels in employment and ADA litigation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the Board of Directors for CUESA.

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) is a membership-based trade association currently representing 3,500+ businesses. SFA members are specialty food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs, as well as distributors, retailers, and others involved in the specialty food trade. The SFA owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the annual sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. The Association is a source of industry information, educational events and in-person and online networking opportunities for its members, including a Specialty Food Business Summit and online Product Marketplace. SFA produces yearly research reports that include the State of the Specialty Food Industry and Today’s Specialty Food Consumer.  More information can be found here

Marie Trimble Holvick