John Trinidad


John Trinidad is a partner at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, and is part of the firm’s Wine Law, Business, Alcohol Beverage, and Geographical Indications practice groups. John advises wine and alcohol beverage industry clients on a broad range of legal issues, including licensing, business contracts, and the purchase and sale of winery brands and assets. John also advises clients on federal and state alcohol beverage regulations such as franchise laws, tied-house laws, labeling requirements, and  the protection and promotion of American Viticultural Areas. He has been a lecturer on a variety of wine law issues at the University of California Davis School of Law, Sonoma State University’s Executive MBA Program, and the University of California Davis Executive MBA Program.

John joined DP&F after working harvest in Burgundy and California, bringing together his interest in the wine industry and his legal background. Prior to that, John worked as a litigator at leading law firms in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California.  

John resides in Napa, California, is an avid photographer, and his pictures of vineyards, wineries, and producers were recently published in a book on the history of the Champagne region, But First, Champagne.



J.D., New York University School of Law (2004)
B.A., Harvard College (1998)