Agriculture and Natural Resources
The members of Dunn Carney’s Agriculture and Natural Resources team have extensive experience working with farmers, ranchers, dairies, timberland owners and their associated industries. Many of our lawyers grew up in small towns and were involved in the industries we represent. We understand the opportunities and challenges agribusiness and natural resources companies face and work with our clients to resolve issues efficiently and effectively. We assist our clients with property, business, liens, employment, estate planning, land use and natural resource matters. In the event of litigation, we have experienced trial attorneys who provide expert counsel and representation in mediations or settlement negotiations, in administrative courts, and in federal or state courtrooms. Our agriculture and natural resource clients are located throughout Oregon, Washington and California.
Dunn Carney also has a resource for the industry– natural resource updates that will be available by email and on Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates website . Elizabeth Howard, Tim Bernasek, Kate Moore, and Ty Wyman will be writing posts on topics of interest to the agriculture and natural resource industries. These updates may be on recent legal developments, legislative initiatives or action, or other general news that would impact agriculture or the natural resource industry. Our goal is to keep our clients and friends in the industry informed and prepared as they deal with challenges and opportunities.
If you would like to receive e-mail updates of the posts, you can subscribe at Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates.
Our areas of expertise include:
Bankruptcy-Chapter 11 and 12
Business EntitiesConservation Easements
Employment and Immigration Law
Grazing Permits and Leases
Insurance Claims and Recovery
Loans and Financing
The Agriculture and Natural Resources Team includes:
Timothy J. Bernasek is the leader of the team and has worked with agriculture clients throughout his career on a variety of issues including employment law, water law, real estate and business law.
Robert L. Allen is a litigator who handles agriculture and natural-resource related disputes.
Heather L. Guthrie is a transactional attorney who focuses her practice in two areas, assisting clients with estate planning and administration, including family farm succession planning, and negotiating and closing loan transactions.
Anne D. Foster is a litigator who handles insurance coverage and insurance claims as well as personal injury and agriculture related litigation cases for farms and ranches.
Elizabeth E. Howard is the founder of the Ag Team and has served agriculture and natural resources clients throughout her career providing advice on grazing, water, wetlands and endangered species.
Jack D. Hoffman is a litigator and land use attorney who works on a variety of land use issues including Measure 37.
JoDee K. Keegan is a business attorney who assists her clients with entity planning and formation, succession planning, and ongoing business matters. She has extensive experience representing clients in the wood products industry.
Kate L. Moore advises clients on a variety of natural resource and environmental issues, specializing in water rights and climate change law.
Marsha Murray-Lusby is an estate planning attorney who has extensive experience working with farmers and ranchers on wills, trusts, succession planning and wealth transfer issues.
Mary Anne Nash was raised on a cattle ranch in Central Oregon. She advises clients on a variety of natural resource and environmental issues.
Robert K. Winger is a business attorney who grew up in the nursery business and is experienced in business formations and transactions, and real property, estate and income tax matters including tax deferred 1031 exchanges.
Ty K. Wyman is a land use attorney who provides advice on a breadth of land use issues including Measure 37.
You might also be interested in our Environmental Team page.
Dunn Carney Ag Summit–Jan. 11, 2013
Dunn Carney hosted its fifth Ag Summit on Jan. 11, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, OR. This half -day summit began at 8 AM and covered Water Quality, Ag Liens, State and Federal Agency Investigations and Estate Planning and Tax Updates. Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Port of Portland, was the key note speaker.
Dunn Carney Ag Summit-Article on the Ag Industry and our Ag Summit in the Oregonian on Jan.
Ag./Natural Resources Articles
Press Release June 7, 2010– Judge Rules Biological Opinion Unlawful for Excluding Ranchers from Process
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Issues Expansive Habitat Proposal for Threatened Bull Trout by Dominic M. Carollo and Elizabeth E. Howard.
Protecting Your Dairy Operation from Unwanted Visitors: What Every Producer Should Know. Written by Tim Bernasek and published in the Dairy Farmers of Oregon newsletter.
July 27, 2009- Tim Bernasek is quoted in The Capital Press article, New Law Prohibits Talking About Unions.
July 17, 2009-Tim Bernasek is quoted in The Capital Press article, Tree Growers win in Court.
Ag/Natural Resources—Fact and Figures Brochure
Oregon Agriculture Facts and Figures brochure (2008 data) is available online. This handy brochure provides many of the most common Oregon agricultural statistics and is updated yearly. Download the most current brochure at http://oregon.gov/ODA/docs/pdf/pubs/ff.pdf.
Presentations from our 2007 Ag Summit