One of the major challenges facing North Carolina farmers—and perhaps farmers across the nation—is the general public’s lack of knowledge about production agriculture. The good news is AALA has an opportunity to help educate our colleagues and prepare them to better represent farm families and agribusinesses.
My practice includes representing some of the largest agribusinesses as lead counsel addressing complex problems, including trial work.
I have served as co-lead counsel in three of the largest biotechnology class actions in history, recovering more than $1.7 billion for class members: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litig., MDL No. 1811 (E.D. Mo.) (securing settlements exceeding $1.1 billion); In re Imprelis Herbicide Marketing., Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 2284 (E.D. Pa.) ($550 million settlement); and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 1403 (N.D. Ill.) ($110 million settlement).
I think that the challenges and opportunities in ag law are as exciting and as interesting as ever. Agricultural law continues to be an area of law in which the practitioner can expect to encounter every type of legal issue. The work is demanding intellectually and worthwhile socially. For all the foreseeable years ahead, I think agricultural lawyers can expected a satisfying and rewarding career.
Reservations at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel are available. The room block expires October 3, 2018 but is expected to fill earlier, so please reserve as soon as practical.
It is with regret and sadness that AALA mourns the loss of Philip E. Harris, a founder of the AALA who served as President from 1987 to 1988. Phil received the AALA Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and served the association and its members in many ways, including presenting annual plenary sessions on the complexities of agricultural […]
In this webinar, speakers will provide vital information useful for agricultural attorneys who are assisting clients with potential Dicamba issues for the next planting season.
In this two-hour webinar, we will discuss key provisions of the new tax law impacting agricultural producers and businesses. In addition to discussing generally applicable sections, we will address the 199A deduction and its potential application to different types of income, including that derived from farm rentals and payments from cooperatives. We will also highlight several ambiguities in the law, noting the need for further regulatory guidance.
Planning for the 2018 AALA Annual Symposium in Portland is underway, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead as plans are made and programs suggested. For those thinking about submitting ideas for sessions in Portland, click this post for more information.
Agriculture has always been an interest of mine. I grew up on a crop production/ livestock production farm near Mingo, Iowa. My parents are still actively farming and I continue to be involved in the farming operation. My interest in studying agricultural law began in high school where I participated in our local FFA chapter.