June 30, 2023

Global Ag Tech Initiative Interviews Carolyn Gunkel on Agricultural Technology Industry

In a “Voices of Women in Ag Tech” ambassador profile, product liability and mass torts counsel Carolyn Gunkel spoke to Global Ag Tech Initiative about her career as a litigator in the agricultural technology sector.

Gunkel stated, “I have litigated ag-related cases for more than 15 years. I’ve represented many different players in the ag industry, including product manufacturers and retailers, and I’ve worked on many different kinds of cases, including cases alleging crop damage, personal injury, and the protection of intellectual property. Most of our cases involve some aspect of ag tech, whether it be satellite imagery of crops, data from grower platforms, or data from farm implements, and so on.”

When asked how she achieved success in the industry, Gunkel said, “My success comes from not being afraid to ask questions of the smart people I’ve met in the ag industry…It wasn’t until I started litigating ag cases that I saw how many interesting issues face the industry.” She added, “That industry knowledge, combined with my legal skills, has positioned me well to handle my caseload.”

“My advice to other women trying to succeed in any job in agriculture is to not be afraid to craft your career in a way that serves you and your family best,” Gunkel noted. “There are more different and exciting opportunities in the agriculture industry than I had ever imagined. If you have an idea or see a new opportunity, don’t be afraid to go for it!”

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