Marnie A. Jensen

Lincoln,  NE  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agribusiness Finance
  • Business Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 402.964.5034
Fax: 402.434.8044
University Dana College, B.A., English/History, summa cum laude, 1998 Alpha Chi, academic national honor society, Alpha Mu Gamma, language national honor society, President, Class Valedictorian, Dean's List, Student Senate, student body secretary
Law SchoolWilliam & Mary Law School, J.D., 2001 CALI Award for Highest Grade - Health Law, Dean's Associate, Dean's Certificate for Service and Leadership, William and Mary Law Review, Executive Editor
Admitted2001, Illinois; 2002, Nebraska; 2001, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 2005, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Nebraska State Bar Association
•Public Interest Law Initiative, fellow, 2001
•Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court
•Women's Bar Association of Illinois
•Women, Food & Agriculture Network


Marnie provides effective and efficient advice to companies in the food and agribusiness industries. Her clients include organic agriculture trade associations and food producers, manufacturers and distributors.

Marnie's personal link to agriculture is in the small farm that she and her husband own outside of Nebraska City, Neb. Her agribusiness-related cases include:
•Bringing breach of warranty claims on behalf of a dairy herd owner.
•Asserting claims relating to the destruction of a valuable windbreak in western Nebraska.
•Representing organic-certification agencies and organic inspectors in National Organic Program compliance reporting, corporate advice and business litigation matters.
•Assisting a third-generation family farm in resolving federal environmental claims relating to prairie dog control on a ranch.

Before joining the firm, Marnie was supervising pro se law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, where the bulk of her work related to resolving complex labor and employment matters. She also managed the court's entire docket of correctional healthcare and safety claims. Earlier, Marnie was an associate at Ogborn, Summerlin & Ogborn in Lincoln and at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein and Jenner & Block in Chicago.

Awards and Recognitions
•Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Seeds of Justice Award, 2007

Civic Involvement
•First Defense Legal Aid, volunteer attorney
•Lincoln (Neb.) Literacy Council, volunteer ESL tutor
•Metro Achievement Center, Chicago, Ill., volunteer tutor
•Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Board of Directors, 2013-present
•Raymond Central High School, Raymond, Neb., mock trial coach
•Young Women's Leadership Charter School, Chicago, Ill., mentor

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10.29.14 Have Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel
Food & Agribusiness Blog

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10.29.14 Have Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel
Food & Agribusiness Blog
10.14.14 Planning Ahead to Protect the Farm
Food & Agribusiness Blog
5.12.14 Clarifying “Made With Organic”
Food & Agribusiness Blog
3.30.14 NOP and TTB Coordinate Organic Alcohol Beverage Labeling
Food & Agribusiness Blog
3.07.14 2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Report Released
Food & Agribusiness Blog
2.20.14 2014 Healthy Farms Conference is a Success
Food & Agribusiness Blog
2.10.14 2014 Farm Bill: Organic Checkoff Program and Organic Crop Insurance
Food & Agribusiness Blog
1.17.14 What Is Organic?
Food & Agribusiness Blog
1.07.14 MOSES Organic Farming Conference Celebrates 25 Years!
Food & Agribusiness Blog

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1.11.13 Marnie Jensen Adds Depth to Husch Blackwell's Lincoln Office
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Co-Packing: An Alternate Route to the Organic Marketplace
Marnie A. Jensen, December 8, 2014
The USDA organic regulations state that the term “organic” can only be used on the label of a product that is produced or handled by a certified operation (again, the usual exceptions apply). Getting this organic certification, though, can be a tedious, costly, and burdensome endeavor...

Have Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel
Marnie A. Jensen, November 12, 2014
In order to legally sell, label, or represent a product as “organic” in the United States, the product must comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations (the “NOP”). In practice, this means that the production or handling operation must be certified by an...

Clarifying “Made With Organic”
Marnie A. Jensen, May 19, 2014
“Organic” can mean many things, but above all it is a regulated labeling term. There are actually five labeling categories allowed under the USDA organic regulations (100% Organic, Organic, Made With Organic, Specific Organic Ingredients, and Livestock Feed). Many people find the...

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Marnie A. Jensen

610 J Street, Suite 200
LincolnNE 68508


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