K. Bartlett Durand, Jr.

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Bartlett Durand is a creative attorney and businessman with over twenty years of high-level achievements in multiple fields. Background encompasses a broad range of practical legal experience, including academic research, complex litigation, transactional work and extensive contract work focused on business outcomes. Highly detailed, from initial preparation through trial or transaction closing, all with extreme time/cost efficiency.

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Contract Partner (2016 to present)
Sweet DeMarb LLC
Representative cases and responsibilities:
• Business advising, reorganization, bankruptcy and transactional work;
• Agri-business consulting, including liens, reorganization, business development and work-outs;
• Mediation, arbitration and civil litigation.

Attorney (2009 to 2015)
Private practice in general litigation, business counsel and consulting.
Representative cases and responsibilities:
• contract analysis for mid-sized agricultural firm;
• discovery and trial support in wrongful death case;
• mediation and negotiation co-counsel for multi-party, multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Contract Attorney (2006 to 2009)
Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan
Litigation firm specializing in highly complex plaintiffs’ cases, business transactions, and constitutional issues.
Representative cases and responsibilities:
• deposition specialist for expert and lay witnesses on mainland U.S.;
• discovery/investigation, legal research and full trial preparation in support of multi-million dollar personal injury case;
• legal research and document analysis in complex business dispute.

Attorney (2002 to 2006)
Bickerton Saunders Dang
General practice firm specializing in highly complex plaintiffs’ cases, business transactions, and constitutional issues.

Representative cases and responsibilities:
• contract analysis, development of legal theory, conduct of arbitration in hotel/management dispute;
• legal research and conduct of adverse administrative proceedings involving putative zoning dispute between neighborhood and big box retailer;
• appellate work to the Hawaii Supreme Court and U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals;
• sale of internationally owned resort hotel under threat of bankruptcy, utilizing innovative sales and marketing techniques.

Attorney (2002); Paralegal (1996-2001);
Simons & Ichinose
Honolulu’s premier plaintiffs’ firm focused on discrimination and employee rights.
Representative cases and responsibilities:
• extensive practice representing employees in court, administrative proceedings, mediation, and intra-company dispute resolution;
• research into developing law of employment discrimination and corollary torts and contract claims;
• preparation for trial, including document analysis, organization, and admissibility.



The Conscious Carnivore
2015 to present

Business Manager
Retail butcher shop using locally-sourced animals, raised by small farmers in a humane setting.
• Prepared thorough business plans and pro formas;
• Arranged for initial and bridge financing, instituting employee buy-in and community investment;
• Prepared systems and protocols for expansion to multiple locations.

Black Earth Meats
2008 to 2015

Owner and Managing Member
Grew meat processor’s business twentyfold, with conversion from State inspected to USDA-FSIS Inspection, focus on niche processing, and humane handling.
• Prepared thorough business plans and pro formas;
• Arranged for $1.9M in financing through two separate banks, USDA, and outside investors;
• Managed regulatory transition from State to Federal Inspection, including the creation of multiple new HACCP plans;
• Extensive training of staff in regulations, document management and humane handling (practices);
• Continuous negotiation, review and drafting of contracts;
• Drafting and implementation of policies, procedures, and protocols;
• Reworked all insurance policies, including challenging workers’ compensation classifications for the operation.

Local Choice Marketing
2007 to present

Owner and Managing Member
Business consultancy for small, artisanal food companies. Grant writing, problem solving, executive coaching, and strategic advice.

Otter Creek Organic Farm (Marketing)
2007 to 2014

Owner and Managing Member
Developed a specialty cheese for market, including all branding, marketing, sales channels and costs. Wrote and received a Federal Value Added Producer Grant. Grew the company to $300,000 in sales. Ongoing operation now licensed through a Chicago company.



University of Hawaii (William S. Richardson School of Law) – Honolulu, Hawaii
Juris Doctor, summa cum laude (3rd in class)
• Law School Award for Academic Excellence
• Hawaii Law Review and Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (Editor)
• CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Criminal Justice; Advanced Torts; Civil Rights; Professional Responsibility; Advanced Civil Procedure
• Rush Moore Craven Sutton Morry and Beh Award for Excellence in Torts
• Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award
• Corpus Juris Secundum Award: Criminal Justice; Advanced Torts
• ATLA Trial Advocacy Scholarship
• Best Oralist; Appellate Advocacy
• Member, American Inn of Court

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Arts



• Hawaii Law Review – “International Paper v. NLRB: An Undiscovered Weapon for Union Busting”
• International ADR Conference; Organizer and Director (Honolulu, 2001)
• Hawaii Bar Journal – “A Foreperson Speaks” (September 2001), reprinted in Memphis Lawyer (March/April 2002)
Wisconsin Lawyer – “Counselor, Heal Thyself” (July/August 2016)
• Essential Litigation Skills for Hawaii Paralegals – Instructor (January 2002)
• Midwest Value Added Producer Conference – Instructor (2011, 2012)
• Grassworks Grazing Conference – Instructor (2014)
• Certificate of Service, State of Hawaii Judiciary (1999, 2000, 2001)



• Member, “Mayor’s Vision 2000 Planning Process” (Honolulu, 1998-2000)
• Board Member, Honolulu Diamond Sangha (Honolulu, 1998-2000; chair 1999)
• Badger Bioneer [Sustain Dane Award] (Madison, 2010)
• Institutional Food Market Coalition, Founding Advisor (Dane County, 2009 to present)
• Seeding Slow Money, Founder (Madison, 2009 to present)
• Middleton High School, Math Tutor (2012, 2013)
• Lobbyist, Pew Charitable Trust Campaign to Save An