YOUR FARM & RURAL LAW OFFICE
Agricultural law - farm law - boils down to knowing and complying with the Federal and State laws that have a huge impact on the health of American agriculture - and on the strength of the families that make so many farms work.
Not every lawyer understands the farming life and the realities of the restrictions many farmers face. It's no secret that many farmers are wary of lawyers - but those of us who have worked successfully on behalf of farmers in helping local farmers handle legal issues, as well as on nationwide agricultural litigation, can bring serious advantages to your side of the table.
William Barton grew up in Madison County and in the Shawnee in Southern Illinois. He comes from a rural, working class family that raised chickens for many years to help make ends meet. He has benefited from the lifelong friendships and working relationships he has built with area farmers. And he has also watched the transformation of the literal and figurative farming landscape over the past several decades, as global big business interests have leaned ever-harder on the American Farmer.
This connection to farming and the people who make it work led Mr. Barton to work with and for several nationwide law firms, representing over 1,300 Corn Farmers in the Syngenta Corn Seed Litigation. Firms across the country worked to hold Swiss Agribusiness and GMO giant, Syngenta, accountable for destabilizing the global corn market.
The resulting settlement of $1.5 Billion helped thousands of farms recover losses.
Mr. Barton has also coordinated with immigration lawyers to help in resolving disputes between H2A workers and farmers, and has consulted for Williamson County, Illinois-based counsel on ag-compliance matters.
Mr. Barton's network of partnerships and trusted legal contacts includes attorneys with extensive experience representing various-sized farms and local orchards. He is committed to helping strengthen the connections between farms and local distributors, and encouraging deeper understanding of what it takes to feed the world - in many ways, something the American Farmer has proudly done now for over a Century.
Agriculture is an ever-changing industry with many dynamics. GMO and International Corporations currently threaten to transform the agricultural markets beyond all recognition.
Close relationships with farmers and direct, first-hand experience with the problems that arise in agriculture makes the difference on so many issues in agricultural law, farm law, and the legal needs of rural and small town residents.
Licensed in the states of Missouri and Illinois, and, depending on the legal matter, William Barton may be able to assist you no matter what state you are in.
Helping farmers ensure their business, their legacy, and their family are secured, because the farm won’t wait while the lawyers talk and draft legal documents.