Law Office of Ralph Wood

EMPLOYMENT LAW

The Law Office of Ralph Wood has a broad employment law practice and has represented employers, employees and a public sector labor union.  The emphasis for the corporate employer clients is on prevention of employment problems through a close rapport and exchange of information with employment issue decision makers.  Mr. Wood's experience includes collective bargaining and executive contract negotiation, union and non-union employment litigation and arbitration, equal employment issues at the Federal (including OFCCP), state and New York City level, union elections and decertification elections, unfair labor practice charges, and the drafting and modification of Human Resource Policy and Procedure manuals.

 

PACA

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act ("PACA") is a Federal act which regulates the sale of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.  Growing out of his general representation of companies in this industry over more than 20 years, Mr. Wood has become one of a handful of attorneys in the region knowledgeable about the developing case law based upon the PACA.  As a result, the Law Office of Ralph Wood both prosecutes and defends claims under the trust provisions of the PACA, including the pursuit of the recovery of PACA trust funds in Bankruptcy Court.  The PACA trust provisions provide a powerful tool to produce vendors, who comply with its terms, for the collection of receivables.  In many cases funds can be recovered from the bankrupt estate of the customer or from other creditors of the customer, including secured creditors.  The PACA also provides for the licensing of produce dealers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and strict rules with which licensee's must comply.  Mr. Wood is experienced in counseling licensees with regard to their obligations under the act and with regard to disciplinary action brought by the Department of Agriculture.  To view (with the Acrobat Reader) an Opinion and Order in a  PACA trust case where Mr. Wood represented the claimant, click on this link.    To view (with Acrobat Reader) an article by Mr. Wood on a developing loophole in PACA and what to do about it click on this link.  To view (with Acrobat Reader) an interview with Mr. Wood on the PACA Post-Default Rule and his PACA Tips click on this link. To view an article in Produce Ops entitled "Making a Case For PACA Attorneys" in which Mr. Wood is extensively quoted, click on this link.

 

 

CORPORATE LAW

 

The Law Office of Ralph Wood acts as general counsel to small to medium sized corporations and not-for-profit entities with an emphasis on companies that are technologically sophisticated.  Mr. Wood brings to these companies experience in the formation, structuring and maintenance of legal records for business or non-profit entities, acquisitions, distribution systems (including franchising), intellectual property issues, antitrust, finance, via private placement or debt, and a wide variety of commercial contracts.  He has represented companies in a broad range of businesses including semiconductors, electrical connectors, computer components, specialty metals, glass beads (industrial and reflective), computer peripherals and software, food distribution, energy related products and biological products.

 
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Law Offices of Ralph Wood

Law Office of Ralph Wood

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