2022 Apex Awardee - John Dillard

John Dillard is a principal attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC (OFW Law) in Washington, DC, a boutique law firm that assists clients regulated by USDA and FDA. In his practice, John provides regulatory counsel, general counsel, and litigation services to clients in the food and agriculture industry.

John provides regulatory counsel to companies and trade associations on USDA and FDA matters. Much of his practice involves advising meat and poultry processors and animal food manufacturers on USDA-FSIS and FDA regulations pertaining to food safety and food labeling. John also represents farmers and food manufacturers in administrative enforcement matters. In addition, he provides outside general counsel services to several of the leading food and agricultural trade associations.

John is proud of the role that he and his firm’s team played in representing the lead plaintiff in the post-settlement stage of the Keepseagle case, a class-action lawsuit that sought redress against USDA for discriminating against Native Americans in farm lending programs. This work resulted in an additional $76 million in direct payments to class members and $260 million to establish the Native American Agriculture Fund.

John earned his Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue in 2007.


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