Breaking Up is Hard to Do: How to Exit Your Distributor Relationship

What happens when the relationship with your distributor ends? Whether it is your choice or theirs, you have to be able to part ways, professionally and legally, to ensure both reputations are left intact. What can you do to ensure you are protected? Do you know what to include in your contract and what happens after the relationship ends?


  • Create the best contract language to ensure an amenable split
  • Identify the indicators that it is time to break up
  • Determine how you will handle things after the breakup – credits, products, timetables



Candace L. Moon, Esq.

Founder The Craft Beverage Attorney, APC

Bethany Hatef

Associate McDermott, Will & Emery LLP