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In-House Counsel 2020: Brooke Tassoni

From pigeons defiling salt piles to a major RICO case, Brooke Tassoni appreciates the variety of working as senior lawyer and regional litigation team lead at Cargill Inc.

“I don’t think you can find a richer legal practice,” Tassoni said of her role at the Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant, the largest private company in the United States.

Tassoni recalls fielding questions early in her Cargill career about pigeons and other birds that were disturbing salt piles at company plants.

More recently, Tassoni and “a stellar team of in-house and external counsel,” managed litigation that in 2018 secured a $122 million judgment against a North Carolina distributor found to have overcharged Cargill in a RICO conspiracy.

“We should have been running an FBI shop on that one,” Tassoni said, praising the work of internal lawyers, investigators and outside counsel in one of Cargill’s largest civil matters.

Tassoni joined Cargill in 2006 after five years in complex litigation at Robins Kaplan. Serving as in-house counsel offered more balance as Tassoni was raising young children and enabled her to collaborate with clients and see projects through from beginning to end.

In leading U.S. and some global litigation at Cargill, Tassoni manages a team of three lawyers and three paralegals.

A member of Cargill Law’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Tassoni works to increase the number of diverse in-house attorneys at Cargill. She also supports retention and development of diverse outside counsel, mentoring young associates at partner firms and encouraging their involvement in Cargill matters.

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