Anastassiou and Associates, Attorneys at Law, provides legal counsel to the agricultural industry.

We have counseled many well known clients in areas such as:

  • Acquisitions and Divestitures

  • Administrative - Including Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

  • Advertising, Labeling and Marketing

  • Civil Litigation

  • Contracts - Including Produce Marketing

  • Intellectual Property - Including Trademark and Plant Variety Protection Act

  • Corporations, Partnerships and LLCs - Formation and Maintenance

Our mission is to provide our clients with the best possible legal representation. This is achieved through our experienced attorneys and educated staff.


We also work to ensure our clients feel comfortable with our attorneys and staff. We encourage personal meetings, whether they be at our office, our client's office, or in the field.

Qualifications & experience

Effie F. Anastassiou received her A.B. in Russian language and history, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1977, and her J.D. from Columbia University in 1980, where she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. She formerly worked as a law clerk for Judge Almeric L. Christian, U.S. District Court, District of the Virgin Islands (1980-1982); as an associate attorney in the Corporations Department of O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, California (1982-1986); and as in-house counsel for Dole Food Company, Inc., with positions as Associate General Counsel for the corporate office (Los Angeles, California), and Vice President and General Counsel for two divisions: Dole Fresh Vegetables Company (Salinas, California) and Dole Dried Fruit and Nut Company (Fresno and Bakersfield, California) (1986-1992).


Ms. Anastassiou began her own law office in 1992 in Salinas, California where she has continued to represent clients located in multiple regions in California, and involved in the production and/or marketing of numerous agricultural products including clients from other states and countries that do business in California. Ms. Anastassiou added a branch office in Pismo Beach, California in 2003, and another branch office in Oxnard in 2019.


Participation in Agricultural Organizations: (Past and Present)

  • Agribusiness Committee of California State Bar

  • American Seed Trade Association

  • California Seed Association

  • California Farm Bureau (for both Monterey and Santa Cruz Chapters)

  • California Women for Agriculture (Former President of Salinas Chapter)

  • Caribbean/Latin American Action Task Force on Agribusiness

  • Central Coast Ag Task Force (Former President)

  • Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

  • Plant Variety Protection Advisory Board to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture     (Former Board Member)



Salinas Valley Office​​ - Main Office

Tel:  831-754-2501

Fax: 831-754-0621

Street Address:

242 Capitol Street

Salinas, CA 93901


P.O. Box 2210

Salinas, CA 93902-2210

Legal Staff:

Staff Name & Position

Deidra Austin Zolezzi - Associate Attorney

Stephen Beals - Of Counsel

Shellie Branco - Paralegal

Rosie A. Miranda - Paralegal

Bailey Hughes - Law Clerk

Jaqueline Castillo - Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Hanna Miranda - Receptionist

Pismo Beach Office - Branch Office

  Tel:  805-773-0750

  Fax: 805-773-0751

  Street Address:

  1035 Longview Avenue

  Pismo Beach, CA 93449

(Please do not send legal correspondence to this address.)

Oxnard Office - Branch Office

  Street Address:

  2524 Ocean Dr.

  Oxnard, CA 93035

(Please do not send legal correspondence to this address.)

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