Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Agriculture is a way of life for many Dunn Carney clients

Our Ag Team attorneys understand and value the relationship between land, community and family and are proud to serve this industry as trusted advisors who recognize that agribusiness is often about much more than the business at hand.

From offices in Portland and Salem, we work with farmers, ranchers, dairies, timberland owners and associated industries to help clients resolve issues in areas ranging from water rights, property disputes and employment regulations to liens, business agreements, land use applications and succession planning.

By providing clients with alternatives they understand, we give them the ability to choose the solution that best helps them meet their goals.


We work with clients to identify issues, pursue opportunities, avoid risk and protect property and rights. Our experience in the industry and close relationships with clients and industry leaders enable us to identify issues and recommend corrective measures early, so clients can avoid risk as they pursue their goals.

Our Ag Team also works with clients to help them understand the legal issues that affect their business. Annually we host regional agricultural seminars — the Annual Dunn Carney Ag Summit, held in January in Salem, and the Eastern Oregon Ag Summit, held in February in Pendleton. Both are half-day conferences for firm clients and friends, where industry leaders and Ag Team members share information about agricultural legal trends and best practices.

Our Ag Expertise


Entity formation, business planning, advice and documentation, contracts and agreements, finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies, intellectual property

Litigation and Administrative Hearings

Representation before administrative courts and agencies including Oregon Department of Water Resources, ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), LUBA (Land Use Board of Appeals) and more; disputes involving business, shareholders and partnerships, banking, foreclosure, property and transactions, taxation; mediation and settlement negotiations

Complex Litigation

Catastrophic injury and personal injury, wrongful death, product defect, breach of contract, food safety, false claims, property disputes

Employment and Employee Benefits

Immigration Law, ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), harassment, discrimination, retaliation, EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), wage and hour

Estate Planning and Administration

Succession planning, trust administration, estate tax


Claims and recovery, coverage, defense

Land Use, Environmental and Natural Resources

Water-related transactional matters such as water rights applications, water usage amendments, industrial use applications, domestic well protection, water supply contracts; SB1010 plans, NPDES Permits, wetlands, timber contracts, conservation easements, endangered species, grazing permits and leases, Measure 37, mining, public lands

Real Estate

Purchase and sales, leases and property transfers, loans and financing, agriculture liens


Advice on tax consequences on entity formations, employee benefits and classifications, COBRA, HIPPA and ACA compliance, taxable purchases and sales of businesses, sales and use tax, estate, gift, and fiduciary tax