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, 1977 (cum laude), Santa Clara University School of Law
Masters, Business Administration, 1977, Santa Clara University
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1972, Stanford University
Concentrating in all aspects of business and personal planning with a particular emphasis in estate and succession planning and business and agricultural planning and transactions.
W. F. Docker is a fifth generation Fresnan and a third generation Fresno attorney. He is a senior partner with McCormick Barstow, having joined the firm in 1977, and is the current chair of the Business Ventures, Estate Planning and Tax Practice Group. Mr. Docker represents and counsels clients in the agricultural industry and serves as general counsel for various processing, packing and packaging facilities. He represents farmers and business owners in connection with all matters, including entity selection and formation, leases, sales and acquisitions and assists farmers and business owners in estate planning and family and business succession planning. He also has extensive experience in estate and trust administration, representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in routine and contested probate and trust accounting and administration matters.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Mr. Docker is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Docker was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers list (2009-2011) for his primary area of practice in Estate Planning and Probate.
Mr. Docker is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association (Agriculture, Real Property, Probate, Trust, and Estate Planning Sections), State Bar of California (Trusts and Estates Section Executive Committee 2001-2007) and Fresno County Estate Planning Council.
Mr. Docker has served on the Fresno Philharmonic Board of Directors and was Board President in 2002-2004 and 2006-2008. Mr. Docker has also served on the Board of Directors of the Central California Blood Center.