Western Growers Member Directory of ATTORNEYS & LAW FIRMS

2012 August 2.

Editor’s Note:  Agricultural law has matured tremendously since the 1970s when it consisted largely of labor issues related to unionization.  Today there are 39 law firms that are members of Western Growers, 22 of which are members of the Western Growers Ag Legal Network (WGALN) who agree to give Western Growers members a 15 percent discount off of their normal legal services rates.  These firms range in size from solo practitioners and boutiques to international and specialize in a wide array of legal issues ranging from business contracts to employment law to PACA cases to trademark infringement and everything in between.  Below is a roster of WG legal members.  Members of the WGALN are so noted.  WG legal members who advertise in this issue earned a descriptive phrase further explaining their scope of practice and are noted in boldface.


Barsamian & Moody

Ronald H. Barsamian

1141 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 104

Fresno, CA  93711-3713

Phone:  559-248-2360

Email:  rbarsamian@theemployerslawfirm.com


Specialties:  Employment & Labor, Litigation

    Agricultural employers throughout California have been relying upon the attorneys of Barsamian & Moody, “The Employers’ Law Firm,”sm for over 30 years.  We take great pride in being known for providing immediate, effective and personalized representation in all facets of labor and employment law, from day to day personnel issues to unionization issues, litigation, and more.

Member of WG Ag Legal Network

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Best Best & Krieger LLP

William J. Thomas

400 Capitol Mall Suite 1650

Sacramento, CA  95814

Phone:  916-325-4000

Email:  William.thomas@bbklaw.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, PACA Trust, Water, Pesticides, CDFA Market Enforcement

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

Kenneth L. Khachigian

2029 Century Park East, Suite 2100

Los Angeles, CA  90067-3007

Phone:  310-500-4600

Email:  KKhachigian@bhfs.com


Specialties:  Employment & Labor, Energy, Ag Business Law, Water

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Law Offices of Shawn Caine, APC

Shawn Caine

1121 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA  92014

Phone:  858-350-1660

Email:  scaine@cainelaw.com

Specialty:  Litigation, Environment, Water, General Ag Business Law

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Deason Law Group, P.C.

Dax Deason

2425 Fountain View Drive, Suite 360

Houston, TX  77007

Phone:  713-975-7301

Email:  ddeason@deasonlawgroup.com


Specialties:  Employment & Labor, Corporate Immigration

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Employer’s Legal Advisor, Inc.

Jeanne Flaherty

587 N Ventu Park Road, Suite E-128

Newbury Park, CA  91320

Phone:  805-499-2918

Email:  jflaherty@eladvisor.com


Specialty:  Employment & Labor

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Fisher & Phillips LLP

John E. Lattin, IV

2050 Main Street, Suite 1000

Irvine, CA  92614

Phone:  949-798-2156

Email:  jlattin@laborlawyers.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Employment & Labor

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Joseph A Gibbs & Associates 

Joe Gibbs

74900 Highway 111 Suite 222

Indian Wells, CA  92210

Phone:    760-779-1790 

Email:  jag@jagibbs.com

Specialty:  Land use, Water, Property related

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP

Jeanne Flaherty, Esq.

6300 Canoga Avenue, Suite 1400

Woodland Hills , CA   91367

Phone:   818-755-0444 

Email:   jflaherty@gmklaw.com

Website:    www.gmklaw.com

Specialty:   Employment Law; Workers’ Comp Defense

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Higgins Harris Sherman and Rohr

John Higgins

45-445 Portola Avenue, Suite 1

Palm Desert, CA  92260-4844

Phone:  760-568-3009

Email:  jhiggins@hhsr.com


Herman & Hurtgen

Joseph Herman

114 S. Rossmore

Los Angeles, CA  90004

Phone:  323-937-1400


Specialties:  Employment & Labor, Litigation

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Jackson Lewis LLP

Jonathan A. Siegel

5000 Birch Street, Suite 5000

Newport Beach, CA  92660

Phone:  949-885-1362

Email:  siegelj@jacksonlewis.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Employment & Labor

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Johnson & Moncrief PLC

Paul W. Moncrief

295 South Main Street, Suite 600

Salinas, CA  93901

Phone:  831-759-0900

Email:  paul@johnsonmoncrief.com


Specialties:  Food Borne Illness, PACA, General Ag Business Law

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Kahn, Soares & Conway LLP

George H Soares

1415 L Street, Suite 400

Sacramento, CA  95814-3963

Phone:  916-448-3826

Email:  gsoares@kscsacramento.com



Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, LLP

Barry L Goldner

P O Box 11172

Bakersfield, CA  93389-1172

Phone:  661-395-1000

Email:  bgoldner@kleinlaw.com



CJ Lake, LLC

Monte B. Lake

525 Ninth Street, NW

Washington, DC  20004

Phone:  202-465-3000

Email:  mlake@cj-lake.com

Specialties:  Employment & Labor, Litigation, Corporate Immigration

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP

F. David LaRiviere

P O Box 3140

Monterey, CA  93942

Phone:  831-649-8800

Email:  fdlariviere@lgpatlaw.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Intellectual Property, Trade & Customs

    LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP specializes in intellectual property and related business matters for a wide range of companies, organizations, and individuals.  Based in central California with agents in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia, LGP provides clients with a rare blend of local accessibility and exceptional service, combined with global reach and expertise.

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Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Lawson and Associates

David Lawson

921 11th Street, Suite 600

Sacramento, CA  95814

Phone:  916-768-7868

Email:  lawdave@msn.com


Littler Mendelson,PC

Greg Coulter

2425 E. Camelback Road, Suite 900

Phoenix, AZ  85016

Phone:  602-474-3611

Email:  gcoulter@littler.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Employment & Labor

    With over 900 attorneys and 56 offices throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler Mendelson is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted to representing management.  As the only U.S. member of the Ius Laboris global alliance, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of multi-national clients, from navigating international employment laws and labor relations issues to applying corporate policies worldwide.  Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record.

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Member of WG Ag Legal Network


L + G, LLP

Jeffery R. Gilles

318 Cayuga Street

Salinas, CA  93901

Phone:  831-754-2444

Email:  info@lg-attorneys.com


Specialties:  Employment & Labor, Food Borne Illnesses, PACA, General Ag Business Law

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Malitzlaw, Inc.

Jeanne Malitz

600 W Broadway, 4th Floor

San Diego, CA  92101

Phone:  619-515-9726

Email:  jmalitz@malitzlaw.com



McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte and Carruth, LLP

Anthony P. Raimondo

5 River Park Place East

Fresno, CA  93720-1501

Phone:  559-433-1300

Email:  anthony.raimondo@mccormickbarstow.com


Specialties:  Business and Personal Planning, Insurance, Litigation; Employment & Labor

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Meuers Law Firm P L

Lawrence H Meuers

5395 Park Central Court

Naples, FL  34109

Phone:  239-513-9191

Email:  lmeuers@meuerslawfirm.com



Noble Law Office

Wade Noble

1405 W 16th Street,  Suite A

Yuma, AZ  85364-4579

Phone:  928-343-9447

Email:  noblew@mindspring.com


Noland Hamerly Etienne & Hoss

Terry O’Connor

333 Salinas Street

Salinas, CA  93901

Phone:  831-424-1414

Email:  toconnor@nheh.com


   Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss is a full-service law firm and the leading agricultural law firm in California’s fertile Central Coast region.  Our attorneys work in close partnership with growers and shippers, vineyard owners and managers, processors, wineries and ranchers, helping them take their products to the rest of the world.  The agricultural law capabilities we have grown and the deep client relationships we have established within the industry, are your assurance that we will use our considerable resources to help your business grow and succeed.  “Together We Grow”

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Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Ottone Leach Olsen & Ray, LLP

Anne Leach

17 East Gabilan Street

Salinas, CA  93901-3414

Phone:  831-758-2401

Email:  aolsen@olorlaw.com



Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, LLP

Norman J. Rodich

2603 Main Street, Suite 1300

Irvine, CA  92614-4281

Phone:  949-851-7235

Email:  nrodich@ptwww.com



Rynn and Janowsky, LLP

Lewis P. Janowsky

4100 Newport Place Drive, Suite 700

Newport Beach, CA  92660-2451

Phone:  949-752-2911

Email:  lew@rjlaw.com


   For over 25 years, Rynn & Janowsky, LLP has been providing legal services to agribusiness nationwide.  Our firm provides specialized expertise in agriculture, PACA, commercial and employment law.

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Nicholas L Saakvitne, A Law Corp

Nicholas L. Saakvitne

532 Colorado Avenue, Second Floor

Santa Monica, CA  90401-2408

Phone:  310-451-3225

Email:  saaklaw@aol.com



The Saqui Law Group

Michael C. Saqui

1420 Rocky Ridge Drive, Suite 260

Roseville, CA  95661

Phone:  916-782-8555

Email:  mcs@laborcounselors.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Employment & Labor

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Schneider & Onofry, PC

Bonnie Duda

256 South Second Avenue, Suite E

Yuma, AZ  85364

Phone:  928-257-4887

Email:  bduda@soarizonalaw.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Employment & Labor, Food Bourne Illness, Product Liability, General Practice

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Schramm, Williams & Associates, Inc.

Robert I. Schramm

512 C Street NE

Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.  20002

Phone:  202-543-4455

Email:  rschramm@swaconsult.com


Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Paul B. La Scala

5 Park Plaza, Suite 1600

Irvine, CA  92614

Phone:  949-475-1500

Email:  plascala@shb.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Environment, Food borne Illness, Product Liability

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Shuler Government Affairs LLC

Robert L Shuler

11515 E Pine Valley Road

Scottsdale, AZ  85255

Phone:  602-509-8699

Email:  rshuler@shulerllc.com


Somach Simmons & Dunn

Theresa (Tess) A. Dunham

500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1000

Sacramento, CA  95814

Phone:  916-446-7979

Email:  tdunham@somachlaw.com


Specialties:  Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, Water

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Charley M. Stoll, APC

Charley M. Stoll

711 Daily Drive, Suite 115

Camarillo, CA  93010

Phone:  805-389-5296

Email:  cstoll@cmsapc.com

Specialties:  Litigation, Employment Law

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Tuttle Taylor & Heron

Julian B. Heron

1725 I St NW Suite 300

Washington, D.C.  20006

Phone:  202-349-3859

Email:  julianheron@msn.com

Specialties:  Litigation, Energy, Environment, Food Borne Illness, PACA, General Ag Business Law

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang, Ekvall & Strok, LLP

Evan D. Smiley

650 Town Center Dr., Suite 950

Costa Mesa, CA  92626

Phone:  714-966-1000

Email:  esmiley@wgllp.com


Specialties:  Insolvencies & Bankruptcies, Commercial Real Estate

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Law Offices of Scott A. Wilson

Scott Wilson

711 8th Avenue, Suite C

San Diego, CA  92101

Phone:  619-234-9011

Email:  Scott@pepperwilson.com


Specialty:  Employment & Labor

Member of WG Ag Legal Network


Winston & Strawn, LLP

Robert Pringle

101 California Street

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone:  415-591-1000

Email:  rpringle@winston.com



The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP

Michael Kaia

1800 30th Street, 4th Floor

Bakersfield, CA  93301-1919

Phone:  661-327-9661

Email:  mkaia@youngwooldridge.com



Members of the Ag Legal Network are available to help with topics such as:


•  Employment & Labor law

•  Water issues

•  Business transactional issues

•  Bankruptcy

•  The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

•  Food safety & foodborne illness

•  Intellectual property

•  Immigration

•  Workers’ Compensation

And more...



WGALN participating members have agreed to give active Western Growers members at least a 15% discount off of their usual fees.  Some restrictions may apply.  Please inquire with the participating firm to determine amount of discount and eligibility.  Request for discount must be made before representation is undertaken and noted in fee agreement.