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Our comprehensive knowledge of the food processing industry enables our attorneys to handle the complex issues that arise at every point of the value chain including agribusinesses, processors, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers. We provide large multinational companies and local enterprises the resources crucial to helping protect and promote their assets.

Our legal knowledge is underscored with our understanding of the food processing industry. We are involved with various trade associations and regularly provide educational opportunities to our food processing industry clients. 

CORPORATE

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial contracts and disputes
  • Freight and logistics
  • Real estate leasing and transactions
  • Business ownership agreements and disputes
  • Outside general counsel services
  • Company and securities law
  • Borrowing and lending transactions
  • Private equity and venture capital investment
  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances and outsourcing transactions
  • Investment bank relationships

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

  • Hiring/Firing
  • Union Contracts/Collective Bargaining Issues
  • Supervisor Training
  • Immigration Compliance/ICE Audits
  • Discrimination/Harassment
  • Wage/Hour
  • OSHA
  • Unfair Competition

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

  • Licensing of IP rights and trademark
  • Registration (logo, trademark, label and merchandise art)
  • Patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret infringement
  • Advise on domain dispute resolution
  • Patents for equipment or software innovation
  • Copyright advice on advertising content, works made for hire agreements, domestic or international

LITIGATION

  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial Supplier and Distributor Disputes
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Unfair Competition

Experience

  • Handled labor negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement for the operations of an Illinois facility. This was a unique negotiation as this was the first collective bargaining agreement under a new ownership group.
  • Handled the defeat of an attempt to unionize warehouse workers at a food processing plant in Illinois. This was a second attempt by the same union to be shot down.
  • Worked behind the scenes to handle a negotiation involving an international manufacturer of a food product, helping the client to achieve its goals while taking the lead.
  • Acted as national coordinating counsel for a major food processing and packaging company in connection with FDA recall of a thickening agent.
  • Defeated class alleging that a subsidiary of an international food manufacturer misrepresented its snack bar as “all natural” when the bar contained an ingredient previously found by the FDA to be synthetic.

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