Vincent O’Brien, a senior counsel in our New York City office, passed away on June 3, 2015.
Vince joined Nixon Peabody in 2004. From the start, he exhibited fine legal skills and was a terrific firm citizen. Vince was a strong participant in initiatives of the New York City office and firm and was loved and respected by his colleagues.
He was a legend in the beverage alcohol world. After decades of advising vintners, distillers, brewers, and importers of beverage alcohol products, he was regarded as the “dean” of the attorneys working in this field. In addition to working in private practice, Vince spent more than 10 years as Executive VP and General Counsel of one of the world’s largest beverage alcohol producers and distributors.
Vince additionally demonstrated leadership as a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Federation of Wines and Spirits (FIVS, an international association of wine and spirit producers), an advisor to the Laws and Regulations Working Group of the International Wine Office (OIV, the intergovernmental association of wine regulators), and as president and a founding member of the 400-member International Wine Law Association, based in Paris, France.
He will be sorely missed.