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John G. Dillard

Phone: (202) 518-6349
Fax: (202) 234-3550

John Dillard concentrates his practice on litigation, with an emphasis on agriculture, environmental, and food-related matters. He has represented clients in complex matters, involving Clean Water Act disputes, livestock odor nuisance tort actions, food labeling, GIPSA enforcement, APHIS impoundments, biotech seed patenting, Native American agriculture, and food recalls. John also advises clients in the food and agricultural industries regarding the impacts of litigation, government regulations and legislation on their businesses. John also advises clients on legal issues regarding cutting-edge trends in agriculture, including “big data” and agricultural applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones). In addition, he advises agricultural trade associations on compliance with state and federal antitrust laws.

John, who grew up on a beef cattle farm in Amelia, Virginia, adds value to OFW Law clients by drawing upon his extensive background in agriculture. He received bachelor’s of science degrees in Animal and Poultry Sciences and Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech. He also earned a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. John worked as an agribusiness consultant and a USDA economist prior to attending law school at the University of Richmond.

John is a prolific writer on legal issues affecting agriculture. His blog, Ag in the Courtroom, is featured on He also writes a column for Farm Journal, Legal Ease. John also speaks extensively on agricultural law and policy matters for producer groups and policymakers.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    Juris Doctor,  Cum Laude
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    Master of Science, Agricultural Economics
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
    Bachelor of Science, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Agricultural and Applied Economics

Special Agencies

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Agricultural Marketing Service
  • USDA Board of Contract Appeals
  • Federal Aviation Administration

Browse John Dillard's posts on the Ag/FDA Blog