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Food Systems

Clients rely on Husch Blackwell for legal and business insight while facing unprecedented challenges and operational disruptions.

The 20th century witnessed a revolution in the methods utilized by agriculture and food systems through advancements like refrigeration, industrial fertilizers, advanced machinery, and mass production techniques. This century promises equally radical change—but change that expands far beyond mere methods and touches upon the very nature of what we eat and why.

Husch Blackwell’s Food Systems industry team features over 50 attorneys dedicated to understanding the profound changes in the industry and then translating that knowledge into sound, actionable legal advice. Our team covers virtually all areas of operations—from cultivation and animal production to manufacturing and retail—and brings a comprehensive perspective to bear on the specific regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters we handle.

As we tackle the multiple—and sometimes contradictory—challenges our clients face, we do with a deep personal and professional involvement with the industry itself. Many of our attorneys grew up working on family farms; many more of us have served as key advisors to large corporations in the areas of packaged food, food manufacturing, distributors and wholesalers, seed and crop technology, and other allied fields. Our legal counsel and industry perspectives have been shaped by this composite experience and the practical knowledge we have attained over the years.

Our clients are boldly launching into novel areas of business and introducing new products that would have been hard to imagine a generation ago, all the while balancing demands for greater sustainability and environmental stewardship from consumers and investors alike. We are with them every step of the way, creating the legal and regulatory compliance framework needed to support their innovation.

Case Study
Farmobile LLC

Farmobile secured a complete defense victory in enterprise-threatening trade secret litigation.

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Conagra Brands

Our team clarified important points of law regarding CBAs in this class action suit. 

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Testimonial Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association

“When we were blindsided by a patent infringement lawsuit that could have put us out of business if found meritorious, we turned to our trusted legal advisors at Husch Blackwell. The team truly delivered. Their decisive action and novel approach to our situation resulted in dismissal of the lawsuit and an order from the USPTO invalidating every claim of the asserted patents.”

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Case Study

Farmobile wins complete victory on summary judgment in trade secret litigation.

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