The San Joaquin Valley is the breadbasket of the United States, so it stands to reason that several of McCormick Barstow lawyers devote a substantial portion of their practices to agricultural issues of all kinds. Some have considerable personal experience in agribusiness. The firm represents packers, cooperatives, processors, shippers, lenders and growers in all aspects of agriculture. The services provided include: planning and consulting concerning leases, farm management agreements, packing agreements, marketing agreements, grower agreements, crop financing, joint ventures, loan workouts and regulatory compliance.
Juris Doctor, 1976, University of California, Davis, School of Law, King Hall Law Review, Editor, American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Evidence
Bachelor of Arts, Diplomacy and World Affairs, 1972 (summa cum laude), Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, Diplomacy and World Affairs, Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Concentrating in Medical Malpractice Defense, Commercial and Estate Litigation and Insurance Defense Litigation, including Products Liability, Agricultural Crop Loss, General Negligence, Vehicle Liability, Premises Liability, and all aspects of Recreation and Equine Law.
Carol O'Neil began work at McCormick Barstow in March 2001. Before practicing law at McCormick Barstow, Ms. O'Neil was associated with Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan of Sacramento, California, where her focus was the representation of Southern Pacific Transportation Company. Ms. O'Neil was also associated with Hillyer & Irwin of San Diego, California with an emphasis on construction defect defense. Ms. O'Neil is admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the U.S. District Court Eastern and Southern Districts of California.
HONORS AND AWARDS
In January 2008, Ms. O'Neil was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ms. O'Neil is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, and Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Ms. O'Neil has taught a number of continuing education courses for attorneys and paralegals through the National Business Institute and has written practice manuals for these courses. Ms. O'Neil is a strong supporter of Fresno State athletics, especially the women's basketball team.