Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources



The members of Dunn Carney’s Agriculture, Food 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 .  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:

  • Agriculture Liens
  • Bankruptcy-Chapter 11 and 12
  • Business Disputes
  • Business Entities
  • Cannabis Production, Manufacturing and Dispensary Operations
  • Conservation Easements
  • Contracts
  • Creditors Rights
  • Employment and Immigration Law
  • Endangered Species
  • Estate Planning
  • Government Contracts
  • Grazing Permits and Leases
  • Insurance Claims and Recovery
  • Land Use
  • Leases
  • Litigation
  • Loans and Financing
  • Measure 37
  • Mining
  • Property Transfers
  • Public Lands
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Timber Contracts
  • Water Quality
  • SB1010 plans
  • NPDES Permits
  • Water Rights
  • Wetlands

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.

Ashlee M. Espaillat is an experienced commercial transactions attorney and trusted adviser to international and domestic executive management, with expertise in negotiation, contract drafting and cross-cultural business relations.

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 C. Knight is an experienced litigator who handles agriculture-related litigation.

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.

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.


Natural Resources Updates

Learn more about the agriculture and natural resource industries including recent legal developments, legislative initiatives or action,and other general news.