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Brandy A. Sargent

Counsel
+1.503.226.5735
Fax +1.503.248.9085

Brandy Sargent is counsel in the firm’s Portland office. She focuses her practice on providing 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.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Sargent was of counsel for another law firm headquartered in Portland, OR.

Achievements

  • Selected as an Oregon Rising Star, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, 2008-2013
  • Best Brief, American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (Scribes), 1998
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-Elect, Oregon State Bar, Agriculture Law Section Executive Committee, 2017-present
  • Secretary, Oregon State Bar, Agriculture Law Section Executive Committee, 2015-2016
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Agriculture Law Section Executive Committee, 2012-2015

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
  • Speaker, “Now What? - Evaluating Your Position Upon a Counterparty's Bankruptcy,” University of Wisconsin Farmers Cooperatives Conference, November 2009
Publications
  • Author, “Digital Potatoes, Pears and Pumpkins: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Trust in the Electronic Age,” Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter (Winter 2008)
  • Author, “Creditor’s Counsel Can’t Ignore the Bankruptcy Bill,” Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter (Spring 2006)
  • 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