George F. Braun, Esq
George F. Braun, Esq
Agricultural Attorney & Lobbyist
Watson Group/Washington, DC/Yuma, AZ/San Diego, CA
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George F. Braun’s practice emphasizes agri-business and other corporate issues. Mr. Braun is currently assisting the Hemp Industry, the USDA, FDA, NIH, EPA and other Administration Agencies in the drafting of the new Rules and Regulations for Hemp and its’ related products. He is also giving input to the SEC on the addition of Hemp to the Commodity Trading Floors in New York and Chicago. He has also met with the USDA and several of the Major insurers on the issues and problems with the current Farm Insurance Programs. For the last 30 years Mr. Braun has handled matters ranging from land use and permitting issues to representing the mass producing distributors who put food on the shelves. He has negotiated contracts on behalf of some of the nation’s largest produce distributors, and has represented one of the world’s largest food producers in international arbitration proceedings. Mr. Braun has successfully defended agricultural and chemical producers in administrative hearings before the California Department of Labor.
Mr. Braun has had a hands on practice in the agri-business industry, addressing its needs in business and commercial litigation, business transactions, insurance coverage issues, employment, labor, product liability, personal injury defense, land use litigation and transactions, including eminent domain and just compensation issues, environmental defense, litigation and arbitration, and litigation involving food safety. Mr. Braun represents leading domestic and international companies in the agri-business, including growers, farming equipment manufacturers and suppliers, agricultural and environmental specialists, transportation companies, fertilizer and chemical producers and suppliers, and other companies involved in agriculture. Mr. Braun’s work includes compliance matters under the various state and federal agricultural programs, environmental compliance issues, land use and real estate matters affecting agriculture, and specialized litigation concerning agri-business.
Mr. Braun is also familiar with the problems and litigation involved in food safety in both production and food service which now is now a hot burner issue to all manner of companies. He also has extensive experience in Pest Control Litigation and Defense. Mr. Braun is also a member of the American Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association, the Produce Marketing Association, the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association, The Pest Control Operators of California, The Heritage Foundation, The Republican National Lawyers Association and a Founding Member of The Federalist Society.
Since moving to Washington DC in 2003, Mr. Braun has made many new friends and colleagues in the Leadership of the House and Senate, as well as, at the US Department of Agriculture and the Current Administration. He is well versed in election law and has used this expertise in numerous campaigns both statewide and national. His practice primarily involves consulting for Agriculture and related Ag-business interests. However, his consulting practice is as varied as his clientele. He has assisted in rewriting of the California Codes for the California Structural Pest Control Board. He has also consulted on Civil Rights and Agricultural issues for Indian Tribes in North Dakota, Oklahoma and California. This includes the litigation involved in the Keepsegal Case for Indian Farmers’ rights. He has consulted with many drug and herbal remedy companies in regard to legislative change in treatment of Veterans and others. Recently, he has consulted with several companies in regard to the Farm Bill and recent legislation in regard to Opioid Abuse. Currently, he assisting in the interviewing of potential judges for the Ninth Circuit and District Courts, consulting on election law in Florida, California, Tennessee, and Florida. Finally, he is a principal in a wind energy company that is preparing to build thousands of miles of wind displacement microturbines.
Mr. Braun received a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law/University of San Diego. He is admitted to practice and has tried cases in the United States District Courts in California for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts, as well as, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He is also a practicing member of the California and United States Supreme Court Bars.