Prior to coming to McCarron & Diess, M.J. Fassett was a civil litigator at a mid-size law firm with a general practice in Washington, D.C. There, she represented numerous corporate and individual parties in jury and bench trials in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. M.J. also became an experienced probate and guardianship practitioner in these jurisdictions.
In 1992, she began representing numerous farmers before USDA/NAD and the federal courts in payment limitation matters, disaster relief cases, conservation reserve disputes, and a variety of other farm program cases. In 1994, she became familiar with PACA and began representing produce companies before the USDA in reparation matters and disciplinary proceedings, and in PACA trust actions in the federal courts.
M.J. joined McCarron & Diess in 2002 to concentrate on PACA law and cases. She has handled hundreds of PACA cases and focuses on litigating complex commercial disputes in the federal district and bankruptcy courts.
M.J. is admitted to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania, and the federal bars for: the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Reported cases: S&H Packing & Sales Co. v. Tanimura Distrib., 850 F. 3d 446 (9th Cir. 2018 en banc). Atlantic Coast Produce, Inc. v. McDonald Farms, Inc. 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14993 (W.D. Va. July 21, 2005); Nickey Gregory Co., LLC v. AgriCap, LLC, 592 F. Supp. 2d 862, 878 (D.S.C. 2008); Nickey Gregory Co., LLC v. Agricap, LLC, 597 F.3d 591 (4th Cir. 2010); Produce Alliance, LLC v. Let-Us Produce, Inc., 776 F.Supp.2d 197 (E.D. Va. 2011).