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Keith Parr
I have always had an interest in agriculture and the life sciences, in particular genetics. I have been very fortunate to be able to incorporate these various interests into my work.

Profile: Keith Parr

Agricultural lawyer

Keith Parr, a partner at Locke Lord Bissell and Liddell LLP law firm, believes there are tremendous opportunities for students interested in a legal career who have an industry focus in agriculture, biotechnology and the life sciences. 

“It may be surprising but there are very few lawyers who have an industry focus, interest or understanding. Most lawyers tend to focus on developing a narrow legal specialty such as tax or real estate,” he said.  “As a result, companies in the agriculture, biotechnology and life sciences sectors often cannot find legal representatives with the necessary backgrounds, education and experiences.”

Parr said students pursuing a law career should acquire the ability to see the big picture, predict trends and events, and recommend innovative yet practical solutions. 

“I lead the firm’s IP Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Practice Group and in that capacity provide strategic advice and supervision to a group of lawyers who handle major market entry litigation for generic drug manufacturers,” Parr said.

He also handles claims throughout North America and other parts of the world for syndicates of Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London who write Seedsmen’s Errors & Omissions, Nurserymen’s Errors & Omissions, Crop Consultant’s Errors & Omissions and DNA Testing Laboratories’ Errors & Omissions coverages.  In addition, he counsels individual seed companies and ethanol plants as well as clients in a number of other agricultural sectors and industries.

Parr enjoys helping to bring new products to market, structuring companies to take advantage of new market opportunities, participating in strategy sessions and mentoring younger associates.

“I have always had an interest in agriculture and the life sciences, in particular genetics,” Parr said. “I have been very fortunate to be able to incorporate these various interests into my work.”