As a co-founder of his law firm, Taylor Colicchio LLP, Phil Colicchio has represented the interests of over 100 food and beverage professionals, more than 45 of whom have become James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs, restaurateurs, beverage professionals, service professionals, restaurant designers, and authors. Mr. Colicchio was a pioneer in the representation of chefs as the age of the “celebrity chef” dawned and the international restaurant boom began. He advocated for chefs to secure individual financial reward in exchange for sharing their hard-earned intellectual property with hotels, resorts, restaurant investors, and product manufacturers by structuring and negotiating long-term management and licensing contracts.
After years of focusing solely on representing the “talent” side of the food business, Mr. Colicchio expanded his services by forming Colicchio Consulting LLC, bringing his experience, reputation, and deep culinary relationships to the mixed use, retail, and hotel development sectors. He counsels these groups on techniques required to successfully identify, select, negotiate with, and engage high-quality food and beverage operators, as well as on the latest operational keys to successful food hall development. He also advises professional and collegiate sports venue operators and large-scale music festival promoters on strategies geared toward elevating their food and beverage experiences.
A member of the Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and American Bar Associations, he serves on the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Mortgage Bankers Associations of both New Jersey and America, the New Jersey Apartment Owner Association, and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Mr. Colicchio graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University and also earned a degree from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Prior to joining Taylor Colicchio, he served as senior counsel to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) in Washington, DC.