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Overview

Marnie provides effective and efficient advice to companies in the food and agribusiness industries.

Her clients include organic agriculture trade associations and food producers, manufacturers and distributors.

Marnie’s personal link to agriculture is in the small farm that she and her husband own outside of Nebraska City, Neb. Her agribusiness-related cases include:

  • Prevailed on summary judgment in federal court on behalf of a precision agriculture technology firm against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Bringing breach of warranty claims on behalf of a dairy herd owner.
  • Asserting claims relating to the destruction of a valuable windbreak in western Nebraska.
  • Representing organic-certification agencies and organic inspectors in National Organic Program compliance reporting, corporate advice and business litigation matters.
  • Assisting a third-generation family farm in resolving federal environmental claims relating to prairie dog control on a ranch.

Before joining the firm, Marnie was supervising pro se law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, where the bulk of her work related to resolving complex labor and employment matters. She also managed the court’s entire docket of correctional healthcare and safety claims. Earlier, Marnie was an associate at Ogborn, Summerlin & Ogborn in Lincoln and at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein and Jenner & Block in Chicago.


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Recognition

  • Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Seeds of Justice Award, 2007

Education

  • J.D., William Mary Law School
    • William and Mary Law Review, Executive Editor
  • B.A., Dana College
    • summa cum laude
    • English and History
    • Alpha Chi, Academic National Honor Society
    • Alpha Mu Gamma, Language National Honor Society, President
    • Class Valedictorian
    • Dean’s List
    • Student Senate, Student Body Secretary

Admissions

  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, Fellow, 2001
  • Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Women, Food & Agriculture Network
Community Leadership
  • First Defense Legal Aid, volunteer attorney
  • Lincoln (Neb.) Literacy Council, volunteer ESL tutor
  • Metro Achievement Center, Chicago, Ill., volunteer tutor
  • Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Raymond Central High School, Raymond, Neb., mock trial coach
  • Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, Chicago, Ill., mentor