Agricultural Law

McNamee Lochner P.C. has decades of experience protecting farmers’ rights under New York's Right-to-Farm law.

Our firm has the depth and breadth to handle any agricultural matter. Led by John Privitera, distinguished for his strong defense of farmers' rights on land use matters all across the State, our team includes attorneys with first-hand experience and knowledge of farming who understand the challenges facing today’s farmers.

We have protected farmers across the state against local regulation by towns.

McNamee Lochner P.C.'s Agricultural Law Department effectively and efficiently advises clients in all areas of agricultural law, including:

  • Right-to-Farm law
  • Defense against nuisance complaints
  • Environmental and Land Use Compliance advice
  • Eminent domain
  • Agricultural contracts
  • Defense against local, state and federal enforcement proceedings
  • Farm leases
  • Conservation Easements
  • Community Supported Agriculture agreements
  • FDA regulatory compliance
  • Equine law
  • Horse sale and lease contracts
  • Horse boarding contracts
  • Syndication agreements
  • Liability releases
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Administrative proceedings and hearings
  • Zoning and permitting
  • Property rights
  • Property tax assessment challenges
  • Small business law and tax matters
  • Farm business organization and transactions
  • Succession Planning

McNamee Lochner P.C.'s Agricultural Law team works closely with our Environmental & Land Use; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Corporate and Tax; and, Trust and Estates Practice Groups, as needs arise, to assemble experienced representation appropriate to the farmer's needs. We devote ourselves to firm, loyal, and effective advocacy on behalf of farmers.

Precedent Setting Agricultural Law Cases

Orange Cty. Land Trust, Inc. v. Tamira Amelia Farm, LLC, 141 A.D.3d 632, 34 N.Y.S.3d 618 (2d Dep’t 2016). McNamee Lochner P.C. set precedent in the Appellate Division by successfully defending a farmer against overreaching by a land trust, which sought to destroy the farmer’s working horse barn and farm road in violation of a Conservation Easement.

Lewis Family Farm, Inc. v. New York State Adirondack Park Agency, 64 A.D.3d 1009, 882 N.Y.S.2d 762 (3d Dep’t 2009). McNamee Lochner P.C. set precedent by successfully challenging the Adirondack Park Agency’s decision to penalize and regulate a farm that had lawfully built on-site housing for farm workers.