Food & Agribusiness

The agribusiness and food industry has been the backbone of the world economy for centuries. Now with growing concerns of recalls and increased scrutiny from the government, Dickinson Wright’s lawyers are at the forefront in representing growers, processors, suppliers, distributors and retailers in investigatory, regulatory, corporate and litigation matters.

From our offices in the Midwest and the US Southeast to the US Southwest and Canada, our lawyers have extensive experience as national, regional, state/provincial and local counsel representing clients in the agribusiness and food industries. We represent clients in all aspects of their business, advising on business operations, negotiating transactions and litigating disputes.

Taking a proactive approach, we counsel clients on claims prevention and risk avoidance strategies, insurance coverage, crisis management, media and public relations, regulatory compliance, and a host of other issues. Experienced at assisting in the identification of causes and sources of illness and contamination, our agribusiness and food industry team regularly counsels and assists clients during federal, state/provincial and local investigations, including in matters involving suspected and/or alleged food-borne illnesses, food processing and development, contamination from impure additives and foreign objects, and potential product recalls.

Some of the agribusiness and food practice’s areas of expertise include:

  • Assistance with regulatory issues including: Food Safety Modernization Act and other industry regulations; regulatory compliance and enforcement 
  • International trade and customs needs including: International Trade Commission; imports and exports; US-Canada border issues
  • Litigation needs including: food tort litigation; product liability, recalls and inspections; UCC sales disputes; wrongful death and personal injury
  • Various legal matters including: franchising; intellectual property; labeling, advertising, marketing and product promotions; manufacturing, production, retail and wholesale distribution of food products; and supply chain management.