Louisiana State University,
M.S., Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, 2000
B.S., Plant and Soil Systems, 1998
Louisiana USDC, Eastern District
Louisiana USDC, Middle District
Louisiana USDC, Western District
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
US Ct Appeals, 5th Circuit (Covers LA, MS, TX)
US Ct Appeals, Federal Circuit
Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA)
Louisiana State Bar Association
American Agricultural Law Association
Certified Agricultural Consultant
Named an “Influential Appellate Advocate” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for his key role in the U.S. Supreme Court case Bowman v. Monsanto, 2014
Named an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2013
Thompson Coburn LLP
Frilot Partridge LC
Self-employed Crop Consultant
Jeff is a litigator and ag insider who works with the country's largest agribusinesses to develop effective litigation strategies on a national and global scale. He serves on the Firm's Management Committee.
Drawing on his in-the-field experience as a former crop consultant and plant specialist, Jeff provides practical, straightforward advice to clients in the agriculture and biotechnology industries. His rare blend of legal and agricultural experience allows him to quickly assess litigation threats, work directly with growers, crop advisors, and product manufacturers and distributers, and converse seamlessly with expert witnesses.
Jeff frequently leads on-the-ground investigations for clients into the proper channeling of agricultural commodities. Tapping his unique ability to connect and converse with a diverse set of individuals, Jeff has settled hundreds of patent infringement, breach of contract, and product liability claims in-person and at very minimal cost to the client. He also uses his ag marketing knowledge to investigate marketing misconduct by authorized vendors of agriculture or food products.
A native of Louisiana, Jeff has authored several academic articles in the subject area of weed science, and frequently speaks on ag law trends at the request of national crop consultant companies, agronomy societies and plant protection boards.
Jeff played an instrumental role in an influential saved seed case that in 2013 resulted in a unanimous ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court for Monsanto. Jeff helped develop the core legal strategy for the case and led the company through six years of appeals. The decision had far-reaching effects for other companies that produce self-replicating technologies such as vaccines and cell lines.
"Is ‘Expert’ Status Always Advantageous?";
Ag Professional, August 2006
"Acetolactate Synthase-Inhibiting Herbicides on Imidazolinone-Tolerant Rice";
Weed Science, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 652-657,
"Use of Imazethapyr in Water-Seeded Imidazolinone-Tolerant Rice (Oryza sativa)";
Weed Technology, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 103-106
"Flood Depth, Application Timing, and Imazethapyr Activity in Imidazolinone-Tolerant Rice (Oryza sativa)";
Weed Technology, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 315-319
"Experimental Herbicides for Weed Control in Rice";
Southern Weed Science Society Proceedings, Vol. 52, pp. 16-17, 1999
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