We pride ourselves on having a thorough understanding of agriculture. John Schwarz is a third generation attorney and has a firm understanding of agriculture. Often times, the issues clients are going through are the same issues that John has seen on his farm.
John's understanding of farming puts him light years ahead of other attorneys. Simply stated, clients do not have to spend time educating John on the ins and outs of their farming practice.
John has helped clients at the state court level, court of appeals, supreme court, and federal court. He is well versed in farm matters and takes a tremendous amount of pride in helping farmers.
Don't put your trust in someone who does not understand your way of life. John will be there to assist you, and if need be will work with other attorneys across the country to make sure you are adequately represented. Put your trust in a fellow farmer.
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