Episodes

  • Episode 1   Grazing Leases    •     Tiffany Dowell Lashmet

    Tiffany Dowell Lashmet is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Law with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.  She focuses her work on legal issues affecting Texas agricultural producers and landowners including agricultural leases, water law, oil and gas law, eminent domain, easements, and landowner liability.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Agricultural Law Association and is part of the State Bar of Texas John Huffaker Agricultural Law Course Planning Committee.  In 2016, Tiffany was named the State Specialist of the Year for Texas Agriculture by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association.

    Tiffany grew up on a family farm and ranch in Eastern New Mexico, received her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness (Farm and Ranch Management) summa cum laude at Oklahoma State University, and her law degree summa cum laude at the University of New Mexico.  Prior to joining Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Tiffany worked for 4 years at a law firm in Albuquerque practicing civil litigation.  She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas.  She lives in the Texas Panhandle with her husband, son, and daughter.

  • Episode 2   Employment Contracts   •   David Fish

    David M. Fish was born in New York City, and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, and the State University of New York at Albany, where he was a four-year letterman on the University's wrestling team and a 1992 University Greco-Roman Wrestling All-American. Dave received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he led the Moot Court Association to several national victories. Today, in addition to running his law practice specializing in employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal defense, and his sports management agency (MMA Fighter Management), Dave completed his 15th year as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he also serves as the faculty advisor to the Sports Law Society.  Dave has tried more than 100 cases, and regularly speaks on panels and at symposiums on employment law, sports law, trial practice, and contract negotiation.
    Dave’s other passion is mixed martial arts (MMA); he has trained, competed, and coached and cornered athletes since 2004.  He is one half of the team on the podcast “Featherstone & Fish.”

  • Episode 3    Agriculture Mediation Programs    •     Missy Greathouse

    Missy Greathouse was named Executive Director by Dispute Resolution Institute’s Board of Directors on October 1, 2016.  She has been employed by DRI since its doors opened in August 2009 serving as Program Administrator and Program Coordinator to several grant funded mediation programs. As a licensed attorney and mediator, Missy assists in planning and providing mediation trainings, provides pro bono mediations on behalf of DRI, and is on the pro bono attorney roster for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance.  Additionally, from 2011 – 2013 she assisted Southern Illinois University School of Law with BAR Prep for graduates preparing for the BAR exam.

     

  • Episode 4    Last Will and Testaments    •     Deborah Kaminetzky

    Deborah Kaminetzky is the founding member of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Cedarhurst, New York. Prior to starting the firm Ms. Kaminetzky was an associate at Weisman Law Group, P.C. where she primarily practiced matrimonial and family law. Deborah has also worked at the New York Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers.

     

    Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the American Bar Association (General Practice, Solo and Small firm Division and Law Practice Management Sections), New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law and General Practice Sections and serves on the Law Practice Management Committee), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the General, Solo and Small Law Practice Management Committee, and is active in the Community Relations and Education Committee and Women in the Law committees), National Association of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.

     

    Deborah serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as Treasurer, and was their Woman of the Year 2012. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991, and The United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015.

     

    Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She is an experienced mediator, having completed a mediation certificate program in December of 2013, and an advanced mediation certificate program in December of 2015 as well as a Divorce Mediation certificate program in early 2016.

  • Episode 5   Volunteer Farm Labor and in Kind Compensation  •     Rachel Armstrong

    Rachel Armstrong started Farm Commons to help American farmers and other small business owners secure the legal foundation of their businesses. Ashoka’s Michael Zakaras caught up with Armstrong, a farmer, attorney and Minnesota native, to learn more.

    Farm Commons, the nonprofit Armstrong started in 2012. The site is a community-driven resource for farmers interested in using the legal system to protect and sustain their businesses. We spoke with Armstrong recently about her story, legal risks on the farm, and how lawyers are crucial in the fight for a fair, just, and healthy food system.

  • Episode 6   Establishing a Trust for Succession     •     Daniel A. Timins

    Daniel Timins is a graduate of Pace Law School in White Plains, and is a Certified Financial Planner®. He specializes in Estate Planning, Surrogate’s Court proceedings, Real Estate Law, Commercial Law and Medicaid Planning.

     

    As a former member of the New York City Bar Association’s Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Committee, Mr. Timins helped draft proposed state legislation for Insurable Interests of Life Insurance Trusts, New York Insurance Law Section 3205, and participated in submitting proposed legislation for the Revocatory Effects of Divorce, EPTL 5-1.4. He has taught continuing legal education classes at Pace Law School, has been a contributing author to several written works and educational programs, and was a recipient of the prestigious “40 Under 40 Rising Stars Award” by the Business Council of Westchester in 2009, and the 2010 Public Education Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City / Southern New York Chapter.

     

    As of 2013 Mr. Timins is a Board Member of the Westchester County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Continuing Legal Education Committee, as well as it alternate delegate for the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He is a former member of the Nominating Committee for the Board of the Pace Law School Alumni Association, and a former Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Membership and Member Benefits Committee. In addition, he is a member of the New York State Bar Associations’ Estate Planning Committee, a former member of the American Bar Association and Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association’s New York and Greater Hudson Valley chapters.

  • Episode 7   Trademarks     •     Shahrina Ankhi-Krol

    Ankhi-Krol Law (“AKL”) is a top-rated, well-known New York City law firm that helps individuals to turn their dreams of starting and maintaining a successful business into reality. AKL believes in proactive measures to legally safeguard business assets in order to prevent avoidable pitfalls.

     

    AKL focuses exclusively on the needs of start-up and small business owners. In an effort to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and to make the most sought-after business-related legal services accessible to small business owners, AKL provides help in: Business Law, Contract Law, Trademark Law, and Copyright Law, under one roof

  • Episode 8   Prenuptial Agreements     •     Sabra Sasson

    Sabra works with people experiencing big life changes.  Her clients are planning for marriage or getting divorced.  After her own painful divorce, Sabra understands how stressful and significant these events are.  She handles the legal aspects and protects their interests so that her clients can focus on their evolution into this new life change.  She is passionate about helping people during the most stressful events in their lives, so that they experience less stress during their transition.

     

    She empowers her clients to take charge of their lives and helps them to make the best choices into or out of their married lives.  As an attorney and divorce mediator, Sabra employs her skills and experience so that her clients are moved one step at a time through the process whether it be divorce or on the steps toward matrimony.  Where divorce can be “nasty” or “unfriendly”, Sabra helps to remove the fear and shame and helps the couple to focus on the life that could be post-divorce and guide them through the process to get there.

  • Episode 9  Advanced Directives    •     Deborah Kaminetzky

    Deborah Kaminetzky is the founding member of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Cedarhurst, New York. Prior to starting the firm Ms. Kaminetzky was an associate at Weisman Law Group, P.C. where she primarily practiced matrimonial and family law. Deborah has also worked at the New York Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers.

     

    Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the American Bar Association (General Practice, Solo and Small firm Division and Law Practice Management Sections), New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law and General Practice Sections and serves on the Law Practice Management Committee), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the General, Solo and Small Law Practice Management Committee, and is active in the Community Relations and Education Committee and Women in the Law committees), National Association of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.

     

    Deborah serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as Treasurer, and was their Woman of the Year 2012. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991, and The United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015.

     

    Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She is an experienced mediator, having completed a mediation certificate program in December of 2013, and an advanced mediation certificate program in December of 2015 as well as a Divorce Mediation certificate program in early 2016.

  • Episode 10 National Agriculture Law Center     •    Elizabeth Rumley

    Beth is Senior Staff Attorney, National Agriculture Law Center at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture She graduated from Michigan State University with my undergraduate degree.  I attended law school at University of Toledo and earned an LLM, in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.

    Beth’s Bio

    I currently work as a senior staff attorney for the National Ag Law Center at the University of Arkansas.

    It’s hard to describe day-to-day work here at the Center because it changes so rapidly even within a given day.  Generally speaking, we do research, information, and education in areas of agriculture law.  In any one day we could be talking to a policy maker at a state, federal or local level, we could be talking to a producer about something affecting their operation, someone in an agribusiness role, someone in a lobbying group, or really anyone who has questions about the application of agriculture law.  We have a national reach and field questions from a lot of different places in the country.  My specific work is more focused on animal agriculture, but I still get to see a lot of different questions.

     

  • Episode 11 Farm Succession Planning     •    Shannon Ferrell

    Shannon Ferrell is an Associate Professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, where he specializes in Agricultural Law.  He grew up on a cattle and wheat operation in Western Oklahoma, and obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agricultural Economics from OSU before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law with endorsements in Estate Planning and Business and Financial Services Law.  Shannon spent a number of years in full-time private practice before joining OSU in the summer of 2007.

     

    As an educator and speaker, Shannon helps audiences all over North America understand the fundamental legal elements of farm business management and farm transition planning.  He has provided over 400 presentations and workshops to a cumulative audience of nearly 25,000 while authoring over fifty publications, including serving as lead author on the Farm Transition Workbook.  In private practice, he helps farm families with the legal mechanics of the farm transition process.

     

  • Episode 12 Farm Dissolution    •    Robert Moore

    Robert was raised on a dairy farm in Coshocton County. In addition to the dairy, his family raises beef cattle, hogs and sheep, and produces hay and grain. Robert remains active in the operation. Growing up, Robert was a member of 4-H and FFA. Robert graduated from Riverview High School in 1987.

     

    Robert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science and a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the Ohio State University. Upon graduating from OSU, Robert spent four years as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Fairfield County and five years as an Extension Associate in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics. While employed at OSU, Robert attended Capital University Law School’s evening program. In January, 2005 he graduated Cum Laude. Robert was admitted to the Bar in May, 2005.

     

    Robert lives near Delaware with his wife Kelly and daughter Maddie.

  • Episode 13 Copyrights   •    Laura Winston

    Laura J. Winston is a founding partner of Kim Winston LLP. Ms. Winston focuses her law practice primarily in the areas of trademarks, copyrights and the internet, representing a broad range of clients from individual business owners and small startup ventures to established Fortune 500 and publicly-traded companies both domestically and abroad. Ms. Winston began her legal career over 20 years ago and gained her experience at large general practice firms as well as small intellectual property boutiques. Her industry experience covers various industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, print and online publishing, computer-related goods and services, alternative energy, and travel and transportation.

     

    Ms. Winston is an active member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) and has served as a task force co-chair. She currently serves on INTA’s Emerging Issues Committee. Ms. Winston has acted as a facilitator of INTA Table Topic discussions for US and international participants in the areas of trademark selection and clearance as well as finer points of securing trademark registrations. She has also led roundtable discussions on various topics such as cost-effective international trademark protection strategies. Ms. Winston is also a member of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (“AIPF”), serving on AIPF’s Trademark Committee.

     

     

  • Episode 14 Insurance   •    Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.

    Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. is the Lead Land Use Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic and Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Jesse was an Associate Professor in Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, teaching land use law, environmental law, urban growth management and real estate. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. Prior to his academic endeavors, Jesse was in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia, first with a large law firm, then as a solo practitioner. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute.He previously served on the Virginia Farmland Protection Task Force and the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. Jesse was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach. He has worked with communities in West Virginia and Virginia on land use planning issues, including issues related to karst and water resources. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Episode 15 Farm Estate Planning   •   Pat Dillon

    Patrick B. Dillon enjoys finding solutions to legal issues and catching problems for clients. Pat practices in the Sumner office regularly represents clients in district, associate district and magistrate courts for agricultural, real estate, criminal and collection issues. He drafts wills and trusts, creates estate plans and helps clients through the probate process. Dillon Law focuses on providing quick response to client's needs with staff who understand the agricultural climate in which we live. This firm is a general practice firm, including but not limited to Agricultural Law, Criminal Law, Debt Collection, Wills/ Probate and Estate Planning, Tax Preparation, Real Estate, Bankruptcy. Our primary area of criminal law coverage is the northeast Iowa counties of Bremer, Chickasaw & Fayette. We welcome inquiries via telephone (563) 578-1850 or email us and we do not charge for the initial consultation. Established in 2005, Dillon Law PC is a small practice firm. The firm's clients are generally farmers, agribusiness, business and estate planning clients throughout the state of Iowa as well as tax preparation and criminal defendants in northeast Iowa .Dillon Law now accepts work in family law, to include child custody, contested divorce, child support or other related matters.

  • Episode 16 Estate Planning- keeping USDA farm programs in mind   •   Stephanie Bradley Fryer

    Stephanie Bradley Fryer is a fifth generation Texas landowner, raised on her family’s farm and remains involved in production agriculture today. Stephanie’s education has focused on science, business, and the law particularly as it pertains to agriculture. Prior to practicing law, she worked for the United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency as a County Executive Director in a large, agriculturally diverse county in the Texas South Plains. This background, education, and work experience make Stephanie specially equipped to handle legal issues of farmers, ranchers, landowners, and business owners.

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