Bringing experience to the table

Think of Barnes & Thornburg as the farmers’ market of law firms. You can find just about anything you need to tackle a legal challenge or grow a business. As a full-service law firm, we assist clients in the agriculture and food processing industries with a wide variety of needs. We help clients create new businesses and divisions, bring products to market, diversify operations, manage supply chain pressures, and navigate the always-changing issues and opportunities that industry participants frequently experience.

Barnes & Thornburg offers experienced counsel at all points along the value chain, including producers, agribusinesses, processors, manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, cooperatives, retailers and suppliers.

Whether your legal needs are local, national or international, we bring the resources crucial to helping you protect and promote your interests. Our multidisciplinary approach is geared toward helping you leverage your position and capitalize on new opportunities that result from changing economic forces, shifting consumer preferences and competitive threats. Primary areas where we assist include:

Corporate Services

Venture formation
Corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions
Commercial finance and restructurings
Corporate governance
Supply/distribution agreements
International trade
Employee issues, including benefits, compensation and immigration


Labeling and ingredients
Environmental and permitting
Government service

Intellectual Property

Patent prosecution
Research and development agreements
Product development

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Commercial litigation
Toxic torts
Product liability
Right to farm
Food labeling and class action
Environmental and mass torts
Crop damage and failure to perform
Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution

Labor & Employment

Labor Issues
Union agreements
State and federal employment laws

We also advise clients on real estate and environmental matters.

Finding the right fit for your business is at the top of our list. We can serve up the resources you need to help you quickly and cost-effectively manage your transaction or solve your problem, whether it's simple or complex.

Memberships and Affiliations

Attorneys in Barnes & Thornburg's Agriculture and Food industry group are members or sponsors of the following professional industry groups and affiliations:

Ag Decision Maker (Iowa State University Extension)
American Seed Trade Association
American Agricultural Law Association
CropLife America
Minnesota Agri-Growth Council
Food Drug Law Institute (FDLI)
Alliance for Sustainability - University of Minnesota
Biotechnology Industry Association
Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance
Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization
Indiana Seed Trade Association
Indiana Sustainable Business Forum
Michigan Food Policy Council
Product Liability Council
Western Michigan Sustainable Business Forum