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Jeffrey A. Peterson

Jeff Peterson focuses his practice on commercial transactions, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and agricultural and food law. He is a frequent speaker on agriculture and finance topics and is a former chair of the American Bar Association Agricultural and Agribusiness Financing Subcommittee. 

Jeff previously practiced law in the Kansas City area. He has a background in agribusiness, working for Country Hedging, Inc. (the commodity trading subsidiary of CHS)  as a commodity branch manager and market analyst in Kansas City, advising clients on commodity hedging strategies and trading agricultural futures and options for grain and livestock producers and grain cooperatives in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado.

Representative Experience

  • Represents lenders in commercial and agricultural loan negotiations and documentation  
  • Represents lenders in commercial and agricultural loan workouts
  • Represents lenders, lessors and trade vendors in commercial and agricultural bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations
  • Represents lenders and trade vendors in bankruptcy litigation, including preference and fraudulent conveyance actions
  • Represents grain, livestock, poultry and dairy companies, and agricultural cooperatives in ongoing credit, marketing, production, distribution, and regulatory compliance
  • Represents food processors, distributors, retailers, and franchisers in ongoing credit, marketing, production, distribution, food safety, and regulatory compliance

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota

Honors

  • “Urban Hero Award-Heart of Downton,” St. Cloud Downtown Council, 2018
  • "Minnesota Rising Star," Thomson Reuters, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Subcommittee on Agricultural and Agri-business Financing, Chair, 2014-2017
  • American Agricultural Law Association; Board of Directors, 2014-2017
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association; Corporation, Banking and Business Law section, President, 2006-2007
  • Kansas Bar Association; Continuing Legal Education Committee, Vice Chair, 2006-2007
  • Johnson County (Kansas) Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee, Chair, 2004-2006
  • Legal Extern for the Honorable John T. Flannagan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, 2000-2001

Community Involvement

  • William Mitchell College of Law, Business Practicum Course, Adjunct Faculty, 2008-2010
  • Westside SERTOMA (Service To Mankind), President 2011-2012
  • St. John's Boys Choir, Vice Chair, 2013-2016
  • St. Cloud Downtown Council, President 2015-2019

Presentations

  • Speaker, 2019 FINPACK Lenders Conference, University of Minnesota Farm Management, 2019
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2019
  • Speaker, Law for Lunch - The Ag Crisis and How to Counsel, South Dakota Bar Association, 2019
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, October 1, 2017
  • Speaker, Chapter 12 Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1, 2016
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 1, 2016
  • Speaker, Minnesota Farmer/Lender Mediation Task Force Committee, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 1, 2016
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, October 1, 2015
  • Speaker, Agricultural Finance – What’s New, the Latest Trends & Issues, Minnesota State Bar Association, St. Cloud, Minnesota, April 1, 2015
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 1, 2014
  • Speaker, 4th Annual Animal Science Conference, September 30, 2014
  • Speaker, Agricultural Finance – What’s New, the Latest Trends & Issues, Minnesota State Bar Association, Willmar, Minnesota, April 1, 2014
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, October 1, 2013
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Finance, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, October 1, 2012
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Bankruptcy, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, October 1, 2011
  • Speaker, Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, Minnesota State Bar Association, Willmar, Minnesota, April 1, 2011
  • Speaker, Agricultural Liens and Revised Article 9, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Omaha, Nebraska, October 1, 2010
  • Speaker, Credit Issues Conference, Minnesota Association of Cooperatives: Credit Issues Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota, June 1, 2010
  • Speaker, Agricultural Liens and Revised Article 9, Minnesota State Bar Association, April 1, 2010
  • Speaker, Update on Agricultural Bankruptcy, American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 1, 2009
  • Speaker, Credit Issues Conference, Minnesota Association of Cooperatives in Conjunction with Minnesota Grain and Feed Association: Credit Issues Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota, February 1, 2009
  • Panelist, BAPCPA (Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005), Herbert W. Walton Bench/Bar Conference, Overland Park, Kansas, April 1, 2006
  • Speaker, Local Government Considerations, Kansas Bar Association, Overland Park, Kansas, November 1, 2005
  • Speaker, Non-Dischargeability Issues in Bankruptcy, Herbert W. Walton Bench/Bar Conference, Overland Park, Kansas, September 1, 2005
  • Speaker, Business Reorganization Issues in Bankruptcy, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, June 1, 2005
  • Speaker, BAPCPA Issues, Herbert W. Walton Bench/Bar Conference, Overland Park, Kansas, April 1, 2005

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    Suite 500
    Saint Cloud, MN 56301
F: 320.257.5724

Assistant

Emily Legatt
320.202.5343

Education

University of Arkansas School of Law, LL.M., 2007, agriculture and food law

University of Kansas, J.D., 2002

Hamline University, B.A., 1997