The Central San Joaquin Valley is the largest food producing region in the world. Since its inception in 1976, Dowling Aaron Incorporated has developed a unique expertise in the areas of agribusiness and agricultural litigation representing farmers, growers, packers, shippers, dairies, wineries, cooperatives, investors, lenders, processors, insurance providers and others involved in the food production industry. With offices located in Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Sacramento, Dowling Aaron Incorporated is uniquely positioned to serve the entire agricultural community throughout the Valley.

Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s agri-business attorneys have a diverse range of expertise. They understand their clients’ business and blend practical advice with legal and tax analysis in order to give their clients efficient solutions. In addition, the attorneys at Dowling Aaron Incorporated know that for many in the agricultural community, farming is a family affair with businesses being passed down from generation to generation. With the largest estate and business planning department in the region, Dowling Aaron Incorporated is uniquely able to help clients plan, integrate and execute business and succession strategies. Dowling Aaron Incorporated also boasts one of the largest employment law practice groups in the Valley with attorneys that are experts not only in areas of employment law that are common to all businesses in California, but also those that are unique to businesses in the agricultural industry.

The Firm’s agricultural litigation team has extensive trial experience representing clients in both state and federal courts as well as in front of administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor and the Department of Food and Agriculture. As a result of Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s years of experience and large client base in the agricultural community, its litigation attorneys have developed a special knowledge regarding the food production industry and the types of disputes that can occur. Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s litigation team also understands that not every dispute should or needs to result in litigation. For this reason, Dowling Aaron Incorporated also provides advisory services designed to proactively create a strategy for clients that will align with their overall business goals.

Dowling Aaron Incorporated attorneys have extensive experience advising clients in all areas of agri-business and agricultural law including but not limited to the following:

  • The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”)
  • Food safety
  • Product recall
  • Water rights
  • Agricultural cooperatives
  • Marketing agreements and market enforcement orders
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act
  • FDA and USDA Regulations
  • Labor and employment law
  • Taxation
  • Estate planning, trusts and succession planning
  • Agricultural lending
  • Creditors’ rights
  • Crop loss and insurance
  • Pesticide damage
  • Real estate leases, acquisitions and eminent domain
  • The Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act
  • The Plant Protection Act
  • The Packers & Stockyard Act
  • The Capper-Volstead Act
  • Environmental matters including hazardous substance and endangered species
  • Intellectual Property matters including trademarks and patents

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Agri-Business Practice Group Chair, Kevin C. Grant at (559) 432-4500. Contact the Agricultural Litigation Practice Group Co-Chair, Steven D. McGee at (559) 432-4500, or Christopher A. Brown at (559) 432-4500.