PRACTICE AREAS


Family Farm Representation

Family farms have unique challenges that require skill and experience to successfully manage. Harsh regulations, fluctuating prices, crop failures, and buyer non-payment or bankruptcy are just a few of the threats family farms face every day. Attorney Paul Connolly has over twenty years of experience helping family farms navigate these risks and receive fair compensation when things go wrong. Connolly has helped dozens of farmers get paid when sellers fail to pay for crops or insurers fail to cover crop failure. Connolly and his team provide excellent advice and counsel on a wide range of farm issues including production and other agriculture contracts, ag land leases, farm financing, defective ag chemicals and nursery stock, and farm labor agreements. We also represent family farms in employment disputes and state regulatory actions by BOLI.


 

Representative Cases

 

Family Farm v. Insurance Company

Yamhill County Circuit Court

The firm represented a poultry farmer insurance claim for loss of a flock due to a malfunction in the poultry barn. The farmer’s claim was denied by his insurance company. The farmer brought suit against the insurer and the firm won a verdict in favor of the farmer for full damages. The firm also defeated the insurance company’s attempt to appeal the damage award.

 

AgriPac Bankruptcy

United States Bankruptcy Court

The firm represented over 180 vegetable and berry farmers who delivered crops to a food processor but were not paid. The food processor’s purchaser put the processor into bankruptcy and the bankruptcy trustee tried to stop payment to farmers. After considerable motion work, the firm obtained a very favorable confidential settlement payment for our farm clients from the food processor’s owners.

 

Agrifrozen Foods (Birdseye) Bankruptcy

United States Bankruptcy Court

The firm successfully represented 180 farmers in fraud and claims to seek payment for crops delivered to a food processor. Notwithstanding considerable motion practice in both New York and Oregon, the case was set for trial. After more than four days of mediation, this firm negotiated a significant confidential settlement in favor of the farmers.

 

Family Farm v. Nursery

Marion County Circuit Court

The firm represented purchasers of defective strawberry plants from a nursery. The nursery misrepresented the variety, yield, and disease resistance of the plants. Following trial, the case settled on terms favorable to the strawberry farmers.