Agribusiness


As home to the largest and most dynamic agricultural industry in the United States, California occupies a central position in the global agricultural economy. Downey Brand provides a full spectrum of legal services to those in the production, processing, and distribution of food and agricultural products, to the associations and agencies that represent them, as well as the companies that supply and support them.

Our attorneys have decades of practical experience handling complex legal matters and helping our clients thrive in a byzantine and ever-changing regulatory environment. Our broad expertise, industry knowledge, and unique capabilities have prompted clients — from farmers and ranchers to input suppliers, packers, and grocers — to choose Downey Brand.

We help clients tackle a wide spectrum of industry issues, including food labeling and packaging regulations, supply contracts and lease disputes, land use and permitting regulations, and water supply and water quality compliance. The litigators at Downey Brand work extensively at the federal, state and local levels representing clients in pesticide regulation and drift litigation, crop damage litigation, and wastewater regulation and hazardous waste handling. Additionally, many of our clients are family businesses both large and small and we work with them to address the particular issues of a family-owned enterprise including estate planning and succession.

As active participants in industry trade groups and associations our attorneys have firsthand knowledge of the specific concerns of specialized agribusiness industries across the state. We are involved with the legislative committees and agencies crafting the fluid regulatory environment in which the agribusiness industry operates today, so that we are better prepared to help our clients thrive tomorrow.