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Brandy A. Sargent

Counsel
+1.503.226.5735
Fax +1.503.248.9085
Brandy Sargent provides legal services to agribusiness clients, including producers, processors and handlers of agricultural products, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural lenders.

Ms. Sargent has particular experience in corporate reorganization, workouts and bankruptcy, as well as agricultural contracting and enforcement. She represents debtors, lenders, vendors, purchasers, and official and unofficial committees in a variety of commercial and agricultural bankruptcy, workout, and litigation matters.

She also assists clients with business counseling, contract development, and enforcement actions related to agricultural transactions, including Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) regulation, Food Security Act (FSA) compliance, agricultural and warehousing lien enforcement and defense, and Uniform Commercial Code matters.

Achievements

  • Selected as an Oregon Rising Star, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, 2008-2013
Additional Education
  • Agribusiness Seminar, Harvard Business School Executive Education, January 2015
  • Loyola University, Rome, Italy, 1993-1994

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Food Alliance, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor Executive Committee, 2006-2008
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor Editorial Board, 2006-present
  • Chair, Oregon State Bar, Agriculture Law Section Executive Committee, 2018
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Agriculture Law Section Executive Committee, 2012-present

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-speaker, “PACA and Real Property: Follow the Fruit,” Washington State Bar, New Developments in Real Property, August 2018
  • Speaker, “Getting Paid: Strategies, Challenges, and Developments in Agricultural Transactions,” The Seminar Group, Agricultural Law - Oregon, July 2018
  • Speaker, “Perishing Security PACA and the Secured Lender,” ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, April 2015
  • Speaker, “Have You Got That Milk in Writing? Recurring Issues in Dairy Transactions,” American Agricultural Law Association Symposium, November 2013
Publications
  • Co-author, “PACA and Real Property: Follow the Fruit,” Washington State Real Property Deskbook, New Developments in Real Property, August 2018
  • Contributor, “Bankruptcy Opinions,” Legal Opinions in Business Transactions (Fall 2018)
  • Represented national agricultural cooperatives in successfully asserting setoff rights related to complex feeding, co-packaging, and sales contracts in dairy, creamery, and cattle-related bankruptcies
  • Represented national agricultural cooperatives, nursery, and commodity suppliers, in perfecting and recovering payment under Oregon's agricultural services and produce liens
  • Represented nationally known winery and commodity supplier in recovering payments under California's processor and seed supplier liens
  • Represented producer in recovering large receivable through informal Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) complaint
  • Represented food processor in recovering PACA claims in ice cream manufacturer bankruptcy
  • Represented numerous corn suppliers in successfully defending against preference claims in large bio-diesel manufacturer's bankruptcy
  • Represented national agricultural lender in obtaining full recovery of real estate loans to bankrupt dairy