Food Safety Modernization Act, USDA and FDA Compliance: We counsel growers, processers and distributors of food, supplements and feed on a wide range of FSMA issues, from applicability of regulations and registration, to inspections, investigations and recalls. We also assist clients in preparing and implementing crisis management plans relating to investigations and recalls.
Labeling and Marketing Law: Advising clients with USDA, FDA and state regulations relating to mandatory and voluntary product labeling, compliance with truth-in-advertising law, and navigating environmental and green marketing regulations. We defend clients in administrative and regulatory proceedings based upon labeling, marketing and marketing regulations. We also advise clients on compliance with sweepstakes and promotions regulations.
Environmental Permitting, Compliance and Litigation: We assist clients with all matters of environmental issues, from obtaining air, water, wetland and other permits, to counseling on waste and byproduct management issues. From small family-owned farms to international concerns, we regularly represent clients in defending administrative and regulatory investigations and actions, as well as litigating land use and natural resource issues. We also assist with environmental due diligence when our clients are acquiring real estate, acquiring other entities or divesting themselves of real estate.
Energy Use and Production: We assist clients in all aspects of energy and communications infrastructure, from generation to consumption, including negotiating wind turbine, cell tower and oil and gas leases, developing power supply options, securing gas, electric and communication utilities for development and expansion projects, siting and permitting alternative energy sources and negotiating power supply contracts with regulated utilities and independent power producers.
Economic Incentives: As part of our development of agribusiness facilities, we add value for clients by identifying, securing and monetizing financial incentives from the federal, state and local units of government. We have assisted projects by securing USDA financing and grants, farmland and open space preservation abatements and credits, New Markets Tax Credits, tax abatements, Community Development Block Grant funding, private bonds, brownfield redevelopment financing, tax increment financing and job training funding.
Real Estate: We represent clients in purchasing and leasing real and personal property, resolving zoning and land use issues (including Right to Farm Act and Land Division Act matters), negotiating easements, and securing land exchanges. We assist clients in appealing property taxes, securing special tax designations (such as qualified agricultural property tax exemptions and industrial facilities tax abatements) and negotiating payments-in-lieu of taxes.
Estate Planning: We assist clients, from family farmers to CEOs of international corporations, in preparing wills, trusts, generational transition plans for the family farm and agribusiness succession planning.
Supply Chain Management: We assist clients with domestic and international supply chain issues, including drafting, negotiating and, when necessary, litigating all manner of supply agreements, including licenses, guarantees and warranties.
Intellectual Property Protection: We assist clients with a wide array of copyright, trademark and patent issues, including application, registration, prosecution, licensing and litigation. We also assist clients with trade secret issues, including assisting them with preparing internal management plans, drafting and enforcing non-disclosure agreements, and prosecuting and defending claims involving trade secrets.
Insurance and Risk Management: Our attorneys have significant experience counseling clients on insurance coverage, recovery and premium matters. We assist clients in negotiating policies to best protect their interests, as well as litigating coverage issues when insurers reject claims. In addition, we counsel clients on risk management and risk avoidance strategies in order to avoid unnecessary costs and reduce insurance premiums.
Financial Services: We assist clients in reviewing and negotiating financing packages and other commercial and financing transactions, and also represent them in workout, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Our attorneys have significant experience with angel funding, first and second stage funding, private bond funding and other sources of non-traditional financing.
Litigation: We represent clients in contract disputes, class action, personal injury claims and other litigation matters.
Human Resources and Employment: We assist clients with developing and negotiating union and non-union employment contracts, and non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements. We also represent clients with respect to federal migrant worker protection laws, immigration laws, OSHA rules and wage and hour requirements. We also assist clients in securing resources to help identify, hire and train new and incumbent employees.
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: We regularly advise clients with respect to 401(k), defined contribution and traditional pension plans, establishing Employee Stock Ownership Programs and setting up employee health and welfare benefits. We advise corporate clients in negotiating executive compensation packages and bonus programs. We also assist clients in understanding and complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Taxation: We assist clients at all levels of federal, state and local taxation, including income and property taxation.
Corporate: We routinely advise clients on entity formation, selection and governance issues, and assist them with domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, tender offers, antitrust, franchising, dealership and licensing matters. We have expertise in representing agribusiness cooperatives, as well as converting cooperatives into corporations. We advise clients on compliance with state and federal reporting requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and SEC reporting.
Data Solutions: We assist clients with all matters of data governance, including creating and implementing record retention and management policies, data privacy and security policies, employee technology and electronic communication policies, and Internet and social media policies. We counsel clients in data breach guidance, e-discovery and legal hold matters. We also assist clients in requesting and responding to information requests, including requests under state and federal Freedom of Information Acts.