Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchellupdated: June 2013
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell (JMBM) is a California law firm that provides a full range of legal services tailored to meet the special needs of the agriculture industry in California. Our clients include lenders, growers, packers, distributors, wineries and wine growers, brokers, auctioneers, investors and others involved in the industry. Our services include the following:
JMBM's commercial finance expertise includes the representation of lenders and vendors in agribusiness loan and credit transactions, both secured and unsecured, assets-based lending, accounts receivable financing, inventory financing, factoring, term loan lending, letters of credit (standby and direct pay), restructures, workouts and corporate reorganizations. Our lawyers lecture nationally for lending organizations and bar associations in this area and have substantial and nationally recognized UCC experience. We have expertise involving PACA, packers, stockyards and other specialized needs of this industry.
We are experienced with corporate law, the securities, tax and corporate aspects of operations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity, as well as with addressing corporate operating issues arising from day-to-day operations. We are familiar with operational issues, including strategic alliances, supplier and distributor relationships, contracts with vendors and suppliers, licensing, merchandising, and trade issues, as well as with business issues such as corporate governance including board and shareholder meetings, and state and federal securities law compliance. We are experienced in the acquisitions and divestitures of products, divisions and businesses.
JMBM has significant expertise in working out troubled agriculture loans. We have deep experience with respect to pre-bankruptcy workouts, receiverships, collection of defaulted loans, complex bankruptcy liquidations and reorganizations within the agribusiness context. We are experienced with PACA, PSA and producers lien law issues (one of JMBM's partners tried and won the leading landmark case on the California producer’s lien law).
We represent clients with respect to their trademarks, copyrights, advertising, patents, trade dress, licensing and trade secrets. We not only provide application, registration, documentation and other transactional assistance, but we also prosecute and defend lawsuits involving copyright, trademark, unfair competition and patent law.
JMBM counsels clients with respect to human resources, including wage and hour laws, union relations, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and other issues. Our focus is on developing proactive compliance and dispute resolution strategies. We work with clients to help them avoid workplace problems. But where controversy is unavoidable, we are formidable advocates and have handled literally hundreds of jury trials, administrative trials and appeals before courts and administrative agencies nationwide.
JMBM's particular strength in Land Use is handling all permitting and compliance issues for clients seeking to locate and develop new sites, relocate or expand operations. JMBM’s land use and zoning lawyers are knowledgeable, skilled negotiators who can produce results when dealing with local governments, including boards of supervisors, city councils, zoning boards and planning and redevelopment agencies, as well as state and federal agencies that oversee environmental and land use issues.
A host of environmental laws impact the agriculture industry and JMBM's environmental lawyers are skilled and knowledgeable in the full range of environmental issues including water, air, solid and hazardous waste, pesticides, wildlife protection laws and other federal and state laws that affect the industry.
We have litigated cases involving corporate and partnership issues, contracts, insurance matters, securities, class action lawsuits, real estate and construction matters, environmental issues, trade regulation, unfair competition, trademark infringement and other issues concerning the agricultural industry.
Our representation includes federal, state and local tax planning, maximization of applicable tax credits, development and implementation of executive compensation and stock option plans, representation in federal and state tax controversies, and other matters.
The firm's clients range from land owners and developers to lessors and lessees and we deal in all aspects of real estate issues, including purchase and sale, finance and construction. Our lawyers anticipate and resolve due diligence issues, environmental liability, title, deed and other problems during negotiation and also work tirelessly to maximize tax advantages in entity and project structuring.



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Suite 1100
Irvine, California 92614

Phone: 949.623.7200
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San Francisco, California 94111

Phone: 415.398.8080
Fax: 415.398.5584

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1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th floor
Los Angeles, California  90067
Phone: 310.203.8080
Fax: 310.203.0567


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