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R. Jason Read joined Rynn & Janowsky, LLP upon receiving his LL.M. in International Business Law. He has been a partner with the firm since 1997. Jason devotes the majority of his time to representing the legal needs of the produce industry, including enforcement of the statutory trust provisions of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”) in both U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts, negotiating and preparing both domestic and international produce marketing agreements, and preparing and perfecting security interests in crop collateral under both California commercial statutes and the Federal Food Security Act.  Jason has also developed an expertise representing the interests of PACA licensees in administrative actions filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In addition to his PACA expertise, Jason is an arbitrator and mediator with the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (“DRC”) as well as the California Department of Food and Agriculture.    Along with several of his law partners, Jason has been a featured speaker at numerous educational seminars presented by Rynn & Janowsky, LLP, in partnership with Western Growers and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

University of Exeter, England (LL.M., International Business Law, 1989)
Pepperdine University (J.D., 1984)
California State University,  Fresno (B.A., 1980)

Admitted to Practice:
All California state courts
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Ninth Circuits

Practice Areas:
Agricultural Law, PACA, Commercial Litigation, Federal Litigation, Creditors’ Rights

Professional Memberships:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (Arbitration Board)
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (Arbitration Board)
  • California State Bar Association (Commercial Litigation Section; International Law Section
  • Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section; Creditors’ Rights Section)
  • Orange County Bar Association (Creditors Rights Section)
  • Orange County Federal Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Tanimura & Antle, Inc. v. Packed Fresh Produce, Inc., 222 F.3d 132, 2000 WL 1146667, , C.A.3 (N.J.), Sato & Co., LLC v. S & M Produce, Inc., 2010 WL 431599, , N.D.Ill., February 02, 2010(Civil Action Case No. 09-cv-0737; Ger-Nis Intern., LLC v. FJB, Inc., 2008 WL 2704384, , S.D.N.Y., July 03, 2008; Prestige Produce, Inc. v. Silver Creek, Inc.,2006 WL 581262, , D.Idaho, March 09, 2006; Produce Alliance, LLC v. Fresh America Corp., 2004 WL 2578100, , N.D.Tex., October 27, 2004; 165 F.R.D. 610, 1995 WL 841686; Raymond L. Park, Inc. v. Continental Farms & Produce Co., Inc., 1989 WL 159581, , C.D.Cal., April 14, 1989; In re: STATE PRODUCE BROKERS, INC., 60 Agric. Dec. 374, 2000 WL 33792282; GEORGE L. POWELL AND JERALD POWELL, D/B/A POWELL FARMS v. GEORGIA SWEETS BRAND, INC., AND DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE, N.A., INC., 58 Agric. Dec. 1136, 1999 WL 33314098, (U.S.D.A.); ALVIN HEATH, D/B/A HEATH FARMS v. GEORGIA SWEETS BRAND, INC., AND DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE, N.A., INC., 58 Agric. Dec. 1144, 1999 WL 33314099, (U.S.D.A.); PRIMARY EXPORT INTERNATIONAL v. BLUE ANCHOR, INC., 56 Agric. Dec. 969, 1997 WL 818004, (U.S.D.A.); GREEN ACRES TURF FARMS, INC. v. KELLY DISTRIBUTING, INC., and SALES KING INTERNATIONAL, INC., 55 Agric. Dec. 1298, 1996 WL 935367, (U.S.D.A.) Jen Sales, Inc. v. S. Friedman & Sons, Inc., 53 Agric. Dec. 810, 1994 WL 731018, (U.S.D.A.)


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