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Tuesday, August 30 at 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (CT)

Legal Issues for Indoor Agriculture

Karen Ellis Carr, ArentFox Schiff
Marni Karlin, Karlin Strategic Consulting LLC

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Karen Carr

Karen counsels, advocates, and litigates on behalf of food and agriculture companies and industry groups, with a focus on agricultural technology, food, biotechnology, pesticides and other chemical substances, and environmental law. Karen co-leads ArentFox Schiff’s AgTech industry group.

Karen has experience in litigation and regulatory counseling, strategy, and advocacy, with a primary focus on products regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Karen advises on pathways to commercialization for new products and technologies, advertising and labeling, testing and reporting, data use and compensation disputes, and litigation relating to product approvals. Karen has specific expertise with the Plant Protection Act, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, the National Organic Program, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Marni Karlin

Marni Karlin is a recognized leader and subject matter expert passionate about creating a healthier and more sustainable food system, using advocacy, strategic planning, law, policy, and communications tools. She has over twenty years of experience in food; sustainable, organic, and controlled environment agriculture; organization management; policy; advocacy; law; and legislative and administrative process.

Her past roles include food and agriculture industry trade association general counsel and vice president of government affairs, legal policy advisor, legislative director, corporate attorney, and trained chef. She has an extensive background in project development; management of staff and boards; strategic thinking; building and leading coalitions; advocating and shaping the debate; political and corporate strategy; financial management and development; organic food and agriculture; and written and oral communication.

Wednesday, September 7 at 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (CT)

Agricultural Insolvency: What’s Different?

Agriculture is unique and insolvency is too.  In a presentation by Restructuring and Insolvency lawyers at K&L Gates, they will cover aspects of insolvency that are unique to food production and agriculture.

Brandy Sargent, Partner, K&L Gates
Margaret Westbrook, Partner, K&L Gates

This webinar will be offered to AALA members only for continuing legal education credit. If you are not currently an AALA member but want access to this webinar, you can become a member here.

Please be sure to note the following:
1. This webinar is offered to current AALA members only as a part of the member benefits.
2. This program is being offered for CLE credit in each jurisdiction.
3. The CLE reporting will not occur until after the program.
4. Pre-registration and active participation during the program is required in order to receive credit.
5. AALA is seeking CLE approval from the most stringent state before the program and that approval for all other states will be sought afterward. AALA will do its best to seek CLE credit for all members who attend, but it is possible that some states may not approve the webinar.
6. CLE credit will not be offered to those who only watch the recorded version (those who did not register ahead of time and watch the webinar live) provided after the webinar on the member portal.


If you are not currently an AALA member but want access to this webinar, you can become a member here.


Brandy Sargent

Brandy Sargent represents debtors, lenders, vendors, purchasers, and official and unofficial committees in a variety of commercial and agricultural bankruptcy, workout, and litigation matters. Brandy has significant experience representing vendors, customers, and other contract counterparties in complex payment, performance, and contract compliance issues arising in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. She regularly advises clients regarding supply chain disruptions arising in bankruptcy and insolvency cases. In addition, she has specific experience advising clients regarding consignment agreements, purchase money security interests, and warehouse and transportation liens. In agribusiness insolvency matters, Brandy assists clients with unique issues arising under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), Food Security Act (FSA), state agricultural lien statutes, and cooperative member and marketing agreements.

Margaret R. Westbrook

Margaret Westbrook is a partner in the Raleigh K&L Gates office and has two distinct areas of practice: restructuring and insolvency and campaign finance. Currently serving as the U.S. practice group coordinator for the restructuring and insolvency practice group within the firm, she represents and litigates for secured and unsecured creditors in restructuring and insolvency matters both in and out of the state and federal courts in North Carolina, and in other
jurisdictions including New York, Delaware, Texas and Virginia. Margaret advises transactional clients with respect to insolvency risks and debt restructuring. She represents purchasers and sellers of debt and assets from
financially distressed companies in a variety of structures, including foreclosure sales, Article 9 sales and Chapter 11 Section 363 sales. She has extensive experience with agricultural cases, including Chapter 12 proceedings,
and with healthcare insolvency issues both in and outside of formal insolvency proceedings. Margaret is a member of Class 32 Fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy.Margaret also advises corporations and trade associations on matters relating to the regulation of corporate political activity, including the formation and administration of state and federal political action committees, campaign finance regulations and gift laws. She formerly represented clients in the North Carolina General Assembly and currently advises clients regarding the development of political compliance programs.