Ag Roots Sprout Into Legal Career

As a child in the Santa Maria Valley, Tiffany Carrari played in her grandfather’s vineyards, rode tractors and raised 4-H animals. She turned her love of the land into a legal career and now she’s sharing that passion with Andre, Morris & Buttery as an attorney specializing in real estate and agricultural business and related industries.

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The AMB associate has a practice focused on business and real estate transactions with an emphasis in agribusiness and the hospitality and food/beverage industries. Born and raised in the Santa Maria Valley, she experienced the community’s rich ag culture first-hand: Her grandfather was instrumental in establishing several vineyards in the area, and her father has farmed row crops for 40 years, affording Tiffany not only an education in farming but also a unique perspective on the business of agriculture.

The first person in her family to attend college, Tiffany studied history and art history at UCLA and law at the University of Texas in Austin. She acquired her love of the service and hospitality industries while working in restaurants throughout college. Meanwhile, her agricultural and Italian roots – along with travels through Italy during college – bolstered her love of wine so much she began pursuing her sommelier certification while in law school.

Licensed to practice law in both Texas and California, she began her legal career at Kirk & Simas in Santa Maria, where practice areas included alcoholic beverage law, agriculture law, business and real estate.

Some of the matters Tiffany has handled include:

  • Negotiated and drafted an agricultural lease with a third party Lessee where the original Lessee and Lessor entered into a “lease suspension agreement” in order to bring in the third party Lessee.
  • Reviewed and negotiated an international distributorship agreement for an exclusive distributor of a manufacturer in the Western United States. Also created a purchase and sale agreement for equipment sales to customers as part of creating a comprehensive strategy to protect the client from a tenuous contract with a foreign manufacturer that contained unfavorable forum selection and choice of law clauses.
  • Facilitated the removal of a managing member of an LLC and successfully avoided litigation by mediating a contentious buyout of his multi-million dollar interest on favorable terms. Drafted new operating agreement after the settlement to address reorganization and valuation procedures in the previous agreement.
  • Drafted a purchase and sale agreement for a property consisting of more than 200 acres of farm land on behalf of the client buyer.
  • Facilitated the bulk sale escrow of a client’s purchase of the assets of three franchise locations. Drafted the purchase and sale agreement after a settlement to address the reorganization and assumption agreement with the franchisor.

Tiffany sits on the Board of the Santa Maria Valley Boys and Girls Club and on the committee for the annual Dean Brown Golf Tournament in Santa Maria, which benefits the California Ag Leadership Foundation.

Tiffany’s practice groups:

  • Business and real estate transactions
  • Agribusiness
  • Food and beverage industries
  • Hospitality industries