Meet the independent firms working together on behalf of those who wish to file claims against the makers of Paraquat
Jeff Link of Jeff Link Law, Des Moines, IA
Jeff Link is a Des Moines-based attorney and CEO with a deep background in government and business.
Before attending Drake Law School, Link served as chief of staff to Sen. Tom Harkin in Washington D.C. Link proudly represented more than 15,000 corn growers nationwide in litigation against Syngenta Seeds for their role in harming the market price of corn beginning in 2013. Syngenta settled the case after losing several bellwether trials and paid corn growers $1.5 billion. Link is a co-founder of the nonprofit Focus on Rural America, which was established in 2017 to inspire policies that invest in and revitalize rural communities.
At Drake, Link was named to the Order of the Barristers, awarded the Rodney L Hudson Appellate Advocacy Award and won the Supreme Court Day competition twice. Link was named Outstanding Oralist while winning the National Moot Court Competition. The National Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the United States. Co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, the competition includes up to 191 teams from 124 law schools, who compete in regional competitions in November with the top two in each region advancing to the national competition held in the landmark House of the New York City Bar Association in February.
Link is a member of the Iowa Association of Justice.
Jeff Link is licensed to practice law in Iowa.
Mikal Watts of Watts Guerra, LLP, San Antonio, TX
In 2018 Mikal represented 16,000 California fire victims who were impacted by the campfire started by PG&E power equipment, which destroyed the town of Paradise, CA. He negotiated a $13.5 billion settlement to compensate roughly 70,000 total fire victims.
In 2015, Watts represented more than 60,000 corn growers who lost significant amounts of money due to Syngenta Seed’s negligence in harming the US corn market. Watts led the litigation and the negotiations with Syngenta. The resolution of the case resulted in more than 200,000 farmers winning a $1.5 billion settlement.
In the case against Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. and Ford Motor Company Watts helped resolve the most significant product liability case in the country, recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the pursuit of hundreds of claims brought nationwide against the companies. The efforts led to the recalls of defective tires responsible for death and injuries across America.
Mikal Watts was recognized by the National Journal as one of the most effective plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States in 2013, he has tried cases in New York, Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi and California, as well as before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
A board certified personal injury lawyer, Watts earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1986, and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989.
Mikal Watts is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Dan Homolka of DMH Law, P.A., Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN
Dan Homolka is a Minnesota lawyer born in northwestern Iowa and raised in the farm country of west central Minnesota. He has spent close to 40 years representing individuals personally and economically injured-achieving settlements in excess of $2 billion dollars on litigation claims in which he has been directly associated. He is a multiple recipient of Super Lawyers as voted on by Minnesota lawyers as the top 5% of lawyers in his state and appeared multiple times in the Best Lawyers in America Guide. Dan is a member of the American/Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association for Justice, along with American/Minnesota Bar Associations.
Dan Homolka concentrates his legal practice across our greater rural community helping farmers and their families, working diligently on their behalf in the Syngenta™ corn seed case under Lost Corn Income™.
Dan Homolka is licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
Garry Mauro of Mauro, Archer, O’Neill, Washington D.C.
Garry Mauro has worked for over 45 years at the local, state, and national levels on behalf of both private and public sector entities and is often quoted in the media as an expert on business and political topics.
Garry started his career as a travel aide to the late Senator Ralph Yarborough. After serving as Chief of Staff to Representative Robert Krueger and later managing his narrowly unsuccessful 1978 U.S. Senate campaign, he practiced law in Austin and served as Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party before being elected Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office in 1982 at the age of 34.
He would serve as Texas Land Commissioner for 16 years, overseeing the management of more than 20 million acres of state land, 18,000 oil and gas wells, and the state’s benefit program for Veterans. He also chaired the Veterans Land Board, the School Land Board, the Parks and Wildlife Board for Lease, the Texas Department of Corrections Board for Lease, the University Board for Lease, the Coastal Coordination Council and the Texas Alternative Fuels Council; co-chaired the Sustainable Energy Development Council; and held numerous other board memberships in Texas. He has received numerous honors and awards for his civic and philanthropic contributions in environmental, political and business arenas, including the “Man of the Year Award” from the Texas League of Women Voters and the “Rising Star of Texas Award” from Texas Business Magazine.
In 1989, the Texas Legislature approved his initiative to reduce air pollution and to sell more natural gas. The bill requires fleet operators in larger cities to convert to clean-burning fuels, including compressed natural gas. Garry was appointed by Speaker Jim Wright to a Task Force that put similar measures in the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Garry to be the Chairman of the Federal Fleet Conversion Task Force for Alternative Fuels which further implemented those measures.
In 1998, he was the Democratic nominee for Texas governor. He remains the last Democrat to win statewide office and one of only a handful of Texas Democrats to have won four statewide terms. After leaving elected office, Garry was appointed to the Fannie Mae Board of Trustees in 1999 by President Bill Clinton.
He has remained closely involved in presidential politics for over three decades, serving as Texas campaign chair for Bill Clinton (twice), Al Gore, Richard Gephardt, and Hillary Clinton (twice).
He is currently a licensed attorney in Texas and in the District of Columbia. He is the Chairman of the Board for LifeVantage Corporation. He holds a Series 6 & 7 Securities license and is a Managing Director for EntrustPermal.
A graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Law School, Garry lives in Austin, Texas and has five children.
Sarah Duffy of Ahlgren Law Office, PLLC, Fergus Falls, MN
Sarah C. Duffy maintains a general civil practice at Ahlgren Law Office, PLLC, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She represents clients in matters related to real estate, agriculture, estate planning, employment law, and corporate and business law. Sarah also represents clients in mass tort actions, most recently representing approximately 3,000 clients in litigation that resulted in a $1.51 billion settlement against Syngenta Corporation regarding the commercialization of GMO corn seed that caused damage to U.S. farmers.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She then attended William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, obtaining her law degree in 2012.
Sarah is an active member of her community, serving on various non-profit boards and providing pro bono legal services to organizations and individuals. She has been recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Sarah Duffy is licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
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