ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND CO.

Decatur, Ill.  |  Employees: 30,700

GENERAL COUNSEL: Marschall Smith

OUTSIDE FIRMS: Faegre Baker Daniels; Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre; Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson; Munger, Tolles & Olson; Shuttleworth & Ingersoll; Winston & Strawn

Recent matters: Winston & Strawn is defending claims by sugar producers that ADM and other corn refiners falsely advertised that high-fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Munger Tolles in September 2010 helped persuade a Los Angeles federal judge to rule that an Alien Torts Statute case doesn’t extend liability to companies.

CARGILL INC.

Wayzata, Minn.  |  Employees: 138,000

GENERAL COUNSEL: Laura Witte

OUTSIDE FIRMS: Faegre Baker Daniels; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Pierce Atwood; Winston & Strawn

Recent matters: Fried Frank represented Cargill Inc. in its divestment of Mosaic Co., which produces feed ingredients and crop nutrients. The January 2011 deal was valued at more than $24 billion. Pierce Atwood is defending a lawsuit filed by a man over bones that he allegedly consumed in boneless Cargill turkey. The company prevailed at trial, but the Maine Supreme Court remanded to the trial court. Winston & Strawn represents Cargill in litigation over high-fructose corn syrup advertising claims.

DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC

Indianapolis  |  Employees: 6,700

GENERAL COUNSEL: Bill Wales

OUTSIDE FIRMS: Ashby & Geddes; Kirkland & Ellis; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Wiley Rein

Recent matters: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is defending Dow AgroSciences in a patent dispute with Bayer CropScience A.G. Bayer alleged that Dow infringed its patent for herbicide-tolerant plants. Wiley Rein and Kirkland & Ellis represent Dow in a suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service over an agency opinion concerning buffer zones for spraying certain pesticides. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. in Greenbelt, Md., in October 2011 sided with the agency. Dow has appealed the decision.

INGREDION INC.

Westchester, Ill.  |  Employees: 11,900

GENERAL COUNSEL: Mary Ann Hynes

OUTSIDE FIRMS: Sidley Austin; Winston & Strawn

Recent matters: Winston & Strawn is representing Ingredion in a case sugar producers brought against the company and other corn refiners over allegedly false advertising claims that claim high-fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar. The case is pending in the U.S. district court in Los Angeles. Sidley Austin advised Ingredion on its acquisition of National Starch and Chemical Co. in 2010. That deal was valued at $1.3 billion. The company until recently was called Corn Products International Inc.

MONSANTO CO.

St. Louis  |  Employees: 26,100

GENERAL COUNSEL: David Snively

OUTSIDE FIRMS: Husch Blackwell; Thompson Coburn; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Winston & Strawn

Recent matters: Winston & Strawn and Husch Blackwell brought Monsanto Co. a $1 billion patent verdict against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. on August 1. A St. Louis jury found that DuPont infringed Monsanto’s proprietary Roundup Ready herbicide-resistant technology. Wilmer this year won dismissal of a federal lawsuit brought by organic food producers who wanted to shield themselves against infringement claims; they have appealed.

SEABOARD CORP.

Mission, Kan.  |  Employees: 10,573

GENERAL COUNSEL: David Becker

OUTSIDE FIRMS: Duane Morris; King & Spalding; Polsinelli Shughart; Stueve Siegel Hanson
Recent matters: Stueve Siegel Hanson represents Seaboard in a suit it brought in 2009 against insurance broker Marsh Inc. and American International Group Inc. Seaboard claims that Marsh and AIG rigged bids on insurance quotes. The case is on appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court. King & Spalding advised Seaboard on its acquisition of a 50 percent ownership interest in Butterball LLC in 2010. Seaboard paid $177.5 million for its stake in the turkey producer.