Kendra Clark

Attorney

Since 2000, Kendra has helped clients navigate the complex and ever-changing regulations governing the production, manufacture, and sale of chemical, agriculture, and consumer products. Most Recently Kendra was VP and Associate General Counsel at Chiquita Brands International, Inc. and managed all of the legal affairs for Chiquita in North America and for their various entities such as Fresh Express and TransFresh. Kendra currently counsels clients on a variety of transactions, including day-to-day operational agreements including cultivation, packaging, licensing, and service provider agreements, and more complex transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, financings, and corporate restructurings.

Attorney Kendra Clark also provides ongoing legal advice regarding food safety, regulatory compliance, and FDA and CDFA interface, intellectual property, and other general corporate issues related to the agriculture and consumer products industry. Kendra has most recently applied her vast knowledge of the produce industry to the cannabis industry. Her representative clients include third party product developers, licensees, cultivators, dispensary owners, product manufacturers, testing facilities, and technology companies. She has also been called upon to counsel and represent industrial hemp farms and processors, landlords, private equity funds, and service companies.

Due to her experience as a corporate crisis preparedness and response advocate, Kendra frequently represents food and agriculture producers with critical parts of their business. She has significant experience leading companies though regulatory investigations, product withdrawals, recalls, and other corporate emergencies like media responses and crisis communications. She has played an instrumental role for clients to help them analyze risk exposure; ensuring litigation preparedness, and secure insurance benefits in times of business crisis to assist with future recovery. She has developed vital relationships with multidisciplinary experts that can be deployed and is nimble, responsive, and well equipped with the judgment, skill and sophistication needed to manage financial and reputational crises on all fronts.

In 1997, Kendra received her B.A. from Washington State University before continuing her educational career at Santa Clara University. She would receive her J.D. from SCU in 2000. Kendra currently holds admissions to both the California State Bar and the Washington State Bar.

Kendra resides in San Benito County on her working walnut farm with her husband and two boys. She also is an avid polo player. She has served on the SunStreet Centers and Girls Inc. of the Central Coast.

Education

  • B.A., Washington State University, 1997
  • J.D., Santa Clara University, 2000

Practice Areas

  • Agriculture Business
  • Cannabis
  • Food Safety

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Washington State Bar
  • California State Bar

Civic Involvement

  • Board member and Public Relations Committee Chair for Girls Inc. of the Central Coast
  • Former board member of Sun Street Centers in Salinas
  • Former board member of the Washington State Chapter of the American Association of Corporate Counsel
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