JH at Michigan Law School

JH Partner Amanda Heyman recently spoke at her alma mater, the University of Michigan Law School. The Michigan Food Law and Policy Association invited Amanda to speak about her career, her food law practice, and her advice for law students interested in working with agricultural and food entrepreneur clients.

Amanda was joined by her husband and fellow Michigan Law graduate Teague Orgeman, a litigation partner at the Stoel Rives law firm in Minneapolis. 

Heyman Teaches Organic Law in Mauritius

Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman recently traveled to Mauritius as a legal consultant to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project to support the African island nation's transition to organic farming. 

Amanda participated in an opening ceremony with the Mauritius Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mahen Seeruttun, and spoke about creating trust within an organic system through strong institutions and support for farmers.

Amanda also provided a day-long training session to organic stakeholders and ministry officials on international organic agriculture law and best practices. She visited an organic vegetable farm, and participated in meetings and a working group session designed to make initial decisions on the direction of the Mauritius legislation.

As a next step, Amanda will draft the framework for the new Mauritius organic agriculture law and travel to Mauritius in 2017 to work with stakeholders to finalize the new legislation.

Amanda is grateful for the support of the students and staff at the Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, who have provided invaluable research and writing assistance for this project.

Local Mauritius media coverage of Amanda's FAO mission is available here, here, and here.



United Nations FAO Appoints Heyman as International Legal Consultant

As part of a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project, an international team is working to support the development of an organic agriculture marketing system in the African island nation of Mauritius. In her capacity as the team's International Legal Consultant, Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman will be advising the Mauritian government regarding the creation of organic agriculture legislation in Mauritius.

The project's goal is to increase the island nation's food security by increasing domestic food production and the provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner.

Amanda is supported by law student researchers at the Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and will work with stakeholders and attorneys in Mauritius to strengthen the policies, laws, management frameworks and institutions that are needed to transition the country to a system of organic production and marketing. 

Protecting Your Brand - TM 101 Webinar

After a business has invested in building and marketing a strong brand, how can that investment be protected? You can find out at a free webinar presented by JH attorney Jen Jambor-Delgado and hosted by the Twin Cities Metro IBA Education Committee. The one-hour webinar goes live on August 16 at 11 a.m. CDT.

Click here for registration (required) and read below for the webinar description from Metro IBA.

Jambor Heyman attorney Jen Jambor-Delgado will explain how your business can use legal strategies to protect your brand. She’ll de-mystify the federal trademark application process and will explain the pros and cons of a federal trademark strategy for local businesses. Learn how to use smart legal strategies to help grow and protect your business.

Jen Jambor-Delgado is a founding partner of Jambor Heyman LLP, a unique firm specializing in the law of natural, organic, and specialty food production, marketing, and distribution. Jen has been practicing law for 15 years; nine of those have been spent advising food, beverage, and farm businesses, and six were spent as an employment and labor law attorney. She currently represents farms, processors, CPG brands, cafes, retail stores, food-tech companies, non-profit organizations and other food-related businesses in the natural, organic, and health food channels.

With her skills and experience, Jen helps her clients to grow and protect their businesses as she advises them on building strong and smart business relationships, strategically selecting and safeguarding trademarks, protecting their brand and business investments, forming and managing their employment relationships, and successfully navigating the network of laws and regulations that frame their businesses.

Legal Questions Asked & Answered - Midwest Pantry Meetup

We're glad to be part of Midwest Pantry's new education + networking series:  Midwest Pantry Meetups. 

Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman will answer food entrepreneurs' legal questions at the July 20 Midwest Pantry Meetup at Urban Growler from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come have a drink and get your burning questions answered!

More details and tickets: Click Here!

Heyman Speaks at WE Scale Event

Nearly 50 women entrepreneurs came together at Coco Uptown on May 18 to learn about the building blocks for high-growth startups at "WE Scale: The 5 Ws of Resourcing Your Startup."

Panelists discussed available resources and tools for women entrepreneurs that relate to the legal, financial, educational, investment, and operational aspects of scaling a business.

Attendees heard from Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman as well as leaders from the Sofia Fund, Capita3, Geekettes, WomenVenture, COCO, Minnesota Cup, and the University of Minnesota.

WE Scale Panel for Women-Led Startups

Recognizing the need to increase the number of scalable women-owned startups, MN Cup recently launched the Power of WE+: Women in Entrepreneurship at the 3rd annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference.

WE+ will work to raise awareness around the great people and resources that exist to support women entrepreneurs, including women foodpreneurs. Join Jambor Heyman partner Amanda Heyman and a panel of fantastic women entrepreneurs and advisers for the WE Scale: The 5 Ws of Resourcing Your Startup panel and networking event at CoCo Minneapolis on May 18.

More workshop details:

WE Scale: The 5 Ws of Resourcing Your Startup: If you are a woman entrepreneur focused on building a scalable, high-growth potential startup, then this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. Through a "WE" (Women Entrepreneurs) collaboration of women united by the goal of seeing more women develop, scale and lead new ventures in Minnesota, we've pulled together a panel of women who are ready to discuss the local and national resources that exist to support women entrepreneurs. We’ll cover the questions you’re asking about scaling your company: What is available to me? Where should I go? Who should I work with? When do I raise capital? … with a primary focus on “what” is available.

Click here for even more details and registration.

Jambor-Delgado Joins MN Cup Review Board

Jambor Heyman partner Jen Jambor-Delgado has joined the Review Board for the Minnesota Cup startup competition. Jen will help judge the Food/Ag/Beverage (FAB) division of the 2016 competition.

MN Cup is the premier resource for early stage entrepreneurs, supporting and accelerating the development of breakthrough business ideas across Minnesota. MN Cup supports emerging entrepreneurs through events, educational programming and an annual startup competition that provides them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.

Applications for the 2016 MN Cup competition are due May 6. The free application is available at mncup.org.


Attorney Jennifer Jambor-Delgado

Attorney Jennifer Jambor-Delgado

Heyman Speaks at Women in Entrepreneurship Conference

It was a packed house for the 3rd Annual Women in Entrepreneurship conference, hosted by Minnesota Cup at the UMN Carlson School on March 31. 

Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman (second from left) participated in a lively panel discussion on financing and strategic partnerships moderated by Sofia Fund CEO Cathy Connett.

The panel also included Erin Newkirk, founder of Red Stamp, and Andrea Walsh of Health Partners. Monica Nassif, founder of Mrs. Meyers and Caldrea, was the keynote speaker for the conference.

Read a conference recap here, learn about the new Power of WE+: Women Entrepreneurship initiative here and in our April Good Food Newsletter, and see the full conference line-up here.


Successful Local Food & Gift Trade Show

We had a great time at the Midwest Pantry Local Food & Gift Trade Show on March 14 at the beautiful Solar Arts by Chowgirls space. 

Locally-sourced products continue to be a fast growing sector in both gift and grocery, yet finding store-ready products available in wholesale quantities can be time consuming. The Midwest Pantry Local Food & Gift Tradeshow is designed to connect wholesale buyers with qualified, professional, local producers and is the largest trade show in the nation dedicated to local food!

For more information about Midwest Pantry and its annual trade show, click here.


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Heyman to Speak on Business Financing Panel

Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman will talk business financing at the Minnesota Cup's 3rd annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference. This year, the conference will focus on on STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, emphasizing how these relationships can accelerate the growth of your business. The half day seminar will feature successful entrepreneurs and professionals sharing personal success stories and lessons learned related to Strategic Partnerships including:

  • Financing
  • Marketing
  • Technology
  • Resources
  • Contracts
  • Core values
  • Relationship development

The day will include multiple speakers followed by a keynote from Monica Nassif, founder of Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers, and conclude with a networking reception. More details and registration here.

Announcing 2016 Good Food Law Workshop Series

Our Good Food Law Workshops Are Back In 2016!

At daytime workshops this winter, farmers and food entrepreneurs can learn how to strategically grow and protect their food businesses with smart legal and business strategies. Farmers and business owners who attend our Good Food Law workshops will have the opportunity to network, ask questions of Jambor Heyman's law firm team and guest speaker(s), and partake of local food and beverages.
For farmers and food business owners far and near, the 2016 workshops will also be STREAMED ONLINE! Watch and send in questions during each workshops from the comfort of your own computer.


Great time at FEAST Trade Show!

It was great to see friends old and new at the FEAST Trade Show in Rochester last week -- thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth!

We'd also like to give a big thank you to the FEAST organizers for inviting us to discuss food business-focused legal issues at the Makers' Forum. We were glad to share our expertise with business owners at all stages of growth!