Featured Member: Stephanie Bradley Fryer
Employer: Owner and Attorney at Stephanie Bradley Fryer PLLC and Associate Attorney at Rincker Law PLLC
Education and Work Experience:
B.S. Animal Science, Meat Science Certificate, Texas A&M University
M.S. Agricultural Economics with an emphasis on Land Economics and Real Estate, Texas A&M University
J.D. Texas A&M University
County Executive Director, Floyd County Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, Floydada, Texas
How did you get interested/involved in agriculture law?
I grew up on and now operate my family farm in Jones County, Texas as well as assist my husband on his cattle operation on his family’s ranch in Southwest Oklahoma. So, I am a farm girl first. When I saw a need for lawyers who understand agriculture during my career with the USDA – Farm Service Agency, I decided to go law school.
What is your current role and what type of work are you doing for agriculture?
At my firm, I represent farmers, ranchers, and landowners on a variety of agricultural issues across Texas including real estate transactions and leases, business planning, estate and succession planning, and estate administration.
Through my work with Rincker Law, I work with clients on agricultural issues as well as family law matters.
What are some of the challenges and opportunities you see in your job and the ag law profession?
Since I primarily represent farmers and ranchers, the farm economy directly impacts my practice. Also, my home base is in a rural area which can pose certain challenges. But, as rural infrastructure for broadband internet and other amenities are expanded and clients have availability and become more accepting of working “virtually” it continues to allow my firm to expand its reach to clients across the state.
When did you join, why did you join the AALA and what keeps you active in the organization?
I joined AALA as a student. I joined and remain active in AALA because of the access to a network of the best ag lawyers across the nation. This network not only provides a source of knowledge and referrals in other jurisdictions that I can trust, but it has also given me strong, lifelong friendships as well.
AALA leadership roles:
Marketing Committee Member
Student Committee Co-Chair
I am glad to talk with AALA members further about my work and career.