Background: Luca Mignogna missed the flavor of fresh mozzarella cheese from his native Italy so much that he decided to start making his own. Born in Campobasso, Luca boasts that he imported the cheesemaker, not the cheese. Luca founded Wolf Meadow Farm in 2010 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and today creates all his cheeses by hand using only fresh milk from three local dairies. He and Wolf Meadow Farm have been highlighted twice in the Boston Globe (here and here), as well as in Edible Boston, which praised his “beautiful and delicious cheeses” that give an authentic taste of Italy.
Legal Need: Luca and his business manager, Christina Barbieri, sought legal assistance to establish the business’s future development. They wanted to trademark Wolf Meadow Farm’s name and logo, to explore adding Christina as a co-owner of the LLC or transitioning to another business entity, and to draft contracts with their local milk suppliers to guarantee their continued partnership.
The Relationship: Legal Food Hub matched Luca and Christina with Josh Fox at WilmerHale. Josh brings his deep experience in counseling startups and other emerging companies to bear as he continues to help Wolf Meadow Farm plan for the future. Josh is joined in WilmerHale’s representation of Wolf Meadow Farm by attorneys Eric French, Bill Caporizzo, and Mike Bevilacqua.