Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Food and Agribusiness Practice is a leader in providing legal services for the agribusiness and food industries. Our lawyers have deep legal and operational experience in a myriad of “farm-to-fork” issues – from regulatory compliance, transactions and commercial finance, to commercial and product liability litigation and everything in between – and now have a broad international client base throughout the sector. We are leaders in representing producers, processors, suppliers, cooperatives, lenders and investors worldwide.

Industry Segments We Serve

  • Dairy and dairy-derived food ingredients
  • Beef, poultry, pork, eggs
  • Vegetable and fruit crops
  • Seeds and commodity crops
  • Packaged food and food ingredients
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Dietary and nutritional supplements
  • Crop chemicals
  • Ag biotech products and crop inputs (including “green” products for plant growth regulators, disease and pest control)
  • Food and feed grain trading, transportation and agricultural processing
  • Sugar, ethanol and biodiesel refineries
  • Animal feed and health products

Some examples of matters handled recently in these segments include

  • Regulatory issues, including environmental, FDA, USDA and antitrust
  • Domestic and international mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial and venture financing
  • Commercial transactions
  • Joint ventures and licensing
  • Funded research and product development agreements
  • Formation issues for start-ups, such as venture capital, strategic investments, commercial agreements and intellectual property protection
  • Defense of consumer and commercial labeling claims

One Firm Approach

Although we work within a specialized area, group members have the full resources of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner behind them. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s more than 1,400 attorneys across the United States, Europe and Asia are linked by technology and our “One Firm” approach to get the job done right. We collaborate with attorneys in the antitrust, environmental, consumer regulatory (food labeling and safety), international, commercial finance, corporate finance, litigation and intellectual property areas to draw on experience and resources to produce successful outcomes and long-term business relationships.

Key Facts & Figures

Over 70 lawyers located in 15 offices worldwide


What They Are Saying

  • "They have substantive experience and their client service is outstanding. Their response times frequently exceed our expectations." Chambers 2019 – client quote
  • “They are excellent at developing a strategy. Their knowledge of law is superior." Chambers 2018 - client quote
  • “We are highly satisfied with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and they have real expertise in the area of agribusiness and agritech.” Chambers 2017 – client quote