Dan Blakely, JD joined SLG in 2015, bringing his significant and varied legal and business experience with commercial contracts, commercial transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, joint venture support, regulatory guidance and advice, supply chain, operational and manufacturing support, oversight and compliance activities and training, and development of annual and strategic operating plans for various businesses.
As Vice President and Commercial Food Counsel for ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), Dan provided primary legal support for ConAgra’s roughly $7 billion Commercial Foods division. He understands issues unique to agricultural and food production, manufacturing and distribution including the challenges of food regulation, food safety, food distribution and general manufacturing.
Dan worked for ConAgra from 2006 to 2014. He served as ConAgra’s lead attorney on M&A projects related to the Commercial Foods businesses including 1) the spin-off of the ConAgra Mills flour milling business into the Ardent Mills joint venture with Cargill and CHS and 2) other bolt-on acquisitions for the Lamb Weston frozen potato business in North America and China.
As partner of McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, Dan was involved in a wide variety of commercial contracts, regulatory guidance and advice, as well as operational and manufacturing support from 2001 to 2006.
Dan’s early legal career began in Monterey at the Law Offices of Gray & Batty where he reviewed and provided research for commercial agreements.
Dan earned his J.D., from University of Maryland, School of Law and his B.S.B.A. from Creighton University.