Practice Area: Agribusiness

Some of Michael’s work in this area

Gelardi Law counsels agricultural businesses on real estate transactions, crop supply chain agreements, and strategic planning. The firm also advises on alcohol and cannabis regulatory issues.

Oregon wine industry policy development

Have counseled Oregon wine industry trade associations on a range of issues including commodity governance, wine labeling, land use, pesticide use and water supply. Have assisted with development of state legislation and administrative regulations.

Location: Oregon

Agricultural goods contract breach

Represented the distributor in a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) proceeding against a purchaser who breached sales agreements. Obtained a favorable settlement. (U.S. Dept. of Ag., 2015)

Location: Portland, Oregon

Cannabis Business Development

Represented a southern Oregon cannabis business in conversion of a historic timber mill to a cannabis production facility, including business agreements, property management, and Oregon Liquor Control Commission licensing.

Location: Curry County, Oregon

Agricultural Business Sale

Assisted a family farming enterprise with water rights and other property issues in the sale of diversified Willamette Valley farming operations.

Location: Polk County, Oregon

Farmland dwelling policy

Secured reversal of Land Use Board of Appeals interpretation of state law governing replacement dwellings on farmland; argued case before Oregon Supreme Court and assisted with successful legislative effort to clarify statute. LandWatch Lane County v. Lane County, 364 Or 724 (2019).

Location: Lane County, Oregon

Oregon Country Fair

Represent legendary arts and cultural organization in management of Fair property. Assisted with acquisition of vineyard and winery assets, and amendment to Lane County zoning code to preserve nonconforming land use rights affected by coronavirus public health orders.

Lane County, Oregon