JEREMY V. KILBURN
VP, GENERAL COUNSEL & SECRETARY
Jeremy V. Kilburn is Vice President and General Counsel for Wayne Farms, responsible for all legal aspects of the company’s operation. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he provides strategic legal counsel and guidance across an array of critical issues affecting the growth and success of Wayne Farms and our business partners. Under his guidance, Jeremy’s legal team manages contractual agreements, risk management, fiscal and regulatory compliance, litigation matters, labor negotiations and issues, as well as corporate, government and public affairs.
Jeremy rejoined Wayne Farms in 2015 after several years in private practice, assuming the role of Assistant Vice President and Deputy General Counsel before being named General Counsel in 2016. He previously served with the company as Associate Counsel from 2002-2005 before starting his own legal practice, later merging with Preston & Malcom P.C. as a full partner focusing on corporate and poultry clients including Wayne Farms.
Specializing in contracts, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, labor issues and employment law, Jeremy is a seasoned negotiator and litigator in both state and federal courts. He began his legal career as an associate attorney with Wimberly & Lawson Atlanta, assisting clients with labor relations and union organizing efforts, including clients in the poultry industry.
Jeremy’s poultry roots are deep, growing up and tending broiler flocks as a contract grower in the East Texas poultry industry. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Missouri in Animal Science, with minors in Agricultural Economics and Chemistry and received his Masters Degree in Poultry Science and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.
Jeremy served on the Walton County Board of Education for ten years, including two years as chairman of the board, guiding the 13,000 student-system through critical financial and organizational issues while leading implementation of programs that successfully improved student achievements. His agricultural background, legal expertise and principled approach to our business melds with company mission values to ensure accountability, responsibility and ethical practices are center of plate for our company.
“I strive to ensure that our LEAP philosophy truly influences and guides all corporate decisions, at every level, no matter how minor, or impactful, those decisions are.”