Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Phil Kunkel To Teach Agricultural Contracting Class

We are delighted to announce the addition of a new Visiting Professor to our ranks. Nationally recognized agricultural and commercial law attorney Phillip Kunkel will be with us April 14-16 teaching a new condensed course, From Field to Table: The Use (and Occasional Abuse) of Marketing Contracts and Production Contracts in Agriculture.

Phil Kunkel has represented clients in agricultural law matters throughout his distinguished career, from his early work representing farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980’s to his current work involving agribusiness. He is a past president and board member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and is a popular speaker at the AALA conference each year. He has taught Agricultural Law at William Mitchell College of Law and is a frequent CLE lecturer on commercial financing, UCC, renewable energy, financial workouts, and bankruptcy.

Phil is a principal at the law firm of Gray Plant Mooty in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. He concentrates his current practice in commercial financing, project financing, and workouts and bankruptcy.

In his practice, he has represented senior lenders in more than 25 alternative energy financings totaling more than 1.75 billion; represented an administrative agent in a $400 million syndicated revolving credit facility for a multi-state integrated agricultural producer; represented an administrative agent in a $175 million syndicated financing for an agricultural processing facility in Missouri; and served as the Chapter 11 trustee and represented bankruptcy trustees in $30 million check kiting and $350 million Ponzi scheme cases in Minnesota and Missouri.

Phil’s recent publications include co-authoring the "Farm Legal Series," published by the University of Minnesota Extension Service (2009); and co-authoring the BUSINESS WORKOUTS MANUAL (West Publishing).

Phil received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his B.S. from John╩╝s University in Minnesota.

For more information about the course, please contact Susan Schneider at sschneid@uark.edu.

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