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Retired Co-Founder

Patricia J. Rynn founded Rynn & Janowsky, LLP with Lewis Janowsky in 1986. From the beginning, she was committed to establishing a law practice which concentrated exclusively on agriculture, commercial and management labor law. Ms. Rynn handles a substantial caseload of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on marketing disputes governed by the California Food and Agricultural Code, or the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Her expertise in PACA law, including enforcement of PACA Trust rights, grower agent and accounting issues, and defense of disciplinary and license revocation actions, is recognized nationwide. In addition, she has extensive experience in representing employers in employment law matters.

Ms. Rynn also devotes a significant amount of her practice to drafting and negotiating growing, marketing and related agreements on behalf of her agricultural and non-agricultural clients. She also serves as an arbitrator/mediator for produce related disputes, and is a member of the tri-national DRC Arbitration Board.

University of San Diego (J.D., 1979)
San Diego State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976; Master of Public Administration, 1977)

Admitted to Practice:
All California state courts
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits
California Supreme and Appellate Courts
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Practice Areas:
Agricultural Law, Commercial Litigation, PACA, Creditor’s Rights, Employment Law

Professional Memberships:

  • Arbitrator, Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation
  • Advisory Board Member, California Department of Food & Agriculture, Market Enforcement Branch
  • California State Bar Association (Agribusiness Committee of Business Law Section since 1990)(Chair, Agribusiness Committee, 1992-1993)
  • Orange County Bar Association (Bankruptcy Law Section and Commercial Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • American Agricultural Law Association (Board of Directors, 1991-1994)
  • California Grape & Tree Fruit League (Marketing Committee)

Reported Cases:
Potato Sales Co., Inc. v. Department of Agriculture, 92 F.3d 800, (9th Cir. 1996); ABl Produce, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 25 F.3d 641 (8th Cir. 1994); Sam Andrews' Sons v. Agricultural Labor Relations Bd., 47 Cal.3d 157 (1988); J.R. Norton Co. v. Agricultural Labor Relations Bd., 192 Cal.App.3d 874 (1987); Agricultural Labor Relations Bd. v. Tex-Cal Land Management, Inc., 165 Cal.App.3d 429 (1985); J.R. Norton Co. v. Agricultural Labor Relations Bd., 158 Cal.App.3d 646 (1984).

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