Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers 20202021

The Global Top 200 Editorially Selected Cannabis Legal Professionals  2020-2021+ Featured cannabis legal professionals from jurisdictions around the world. The Cannabis Global 200 is designed to give you direct access to the most experienced cannabis / hemp legal experts around the world and in your jurisdiction.

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Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers – Plus

Jonathan Storper – Hanson Bridgett

Jonathan Storper – Hanson Bridgett

Jonathan  heads up Hanson Bridgett’s cannabis team and has led the firm’s  corporate department and  also founded and led their sustainable law practice, He represents entities and their investors in connection with business and intellectual property transactions, including formation, finance, contracts, licenses, joint venture and development, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, e-commerce, technology-related matters and general corporate law. Jonathan also represents many non-profit charities, foundations, and business associations. Jonathan chaired the ...
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David Feldman – Hiller P.C.

David Feldman – Hiller P.C.

David N. Feldman is a partner in the prominent boutique law firm of Hiller PC in New York. He is also a partner in the cannabis consulting firm Skip Intro Advisors LLC. His law practice focuses on corporate and securities matters and general representation of public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and high net worth individuals. He also actively advises on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, ...
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Elliott  Rolfe – Mackrell Solicitors

Elliott Rolfe – Mackrell Solicitors

Elliott is a leading member of the fast-growing, award-winning Cannabis Law team at Mackrell.Solicitors Having previously worked in a regulatory role as a solicitor for a major investment banking institution, Elliott has a strong background advising on a range of complex legal issues. Having acted for various banks, Elliott is experienced in liaising with multi-national civil and criminal regulators in a variety of contexts and advising on a broad range ...
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Ariel Clark – Clark Howell

Ariel Clark – Clark Howell

Ariel Clark is one of California’s best and most dedicated cannabis business attorneys. For over a decade, Ariel has been in the trenches of cannabis law and policy in order to effectively advise legacy operators and entrepreneurs. Her clients are California born-and-bred farmers, cutting-edge manufacturers, multi-state operators, and highly successful investors and innovators. When the idea of cannabis business law was considered an oxymoron, she committed her practice exclusively to ...
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Ryan Ewing – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Ryan Ewing – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

As Team Leader for Steptoe & Johnson’s Cannabis Counsel, Ryan Dunne Ewing represents numerous cannabis organizations through a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis industry, a proactive approach to regulation and corporate compliance, and a demonstrated ability to apply his first-hand cannabis knowledge and experience in furthering his clients’ business.  Ryan regularly represents corporate vertically-integrated cannabis growers, processors, and wholesale dispensaries, and he is the acting General Counsel to numerous wholesale, ...
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Jana Wetzin - Attorney and Principle Owner of JDW Counsel

Jana Wetzin – Attorney and Principle Owner of JDW Counsel

Jana Weltzin was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Weltzin focuses her legal practice on land use and zoning law, medical marijuana law in Arizona and recreational marijuana business law and regulation compliance in Alaska. Ms. Weltzin provides representation for her cannabis clientele relating to business structure, permitting/licensing, land use applications and hearings, conditional use permits, investment connections and presentation, regulation compliance, real estate commercial leasing and purchases, operations, ...
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Robert Jappie – Ince Gordon Dadds LLP

Robert Jappie – Ince Gordon Dadds LLP

Robert Jappie is a Partner at Ince, specialising in Cannabis Law and Regulation. Since he led the UK’s first dedicated Cannabis Law department in May 2018, Robert has become a well-respected legal expert within Europe’s fast-growing cannabis industries. He currently acts for several established CBD brands, Licensed Producers, Medicinal Cannabis companies and distributors, advising on the full range of regulatory and commercial issues facing the sector. As a result, Robert ...
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Thomas Howard - Collateral Base, LLC

Thomas Howard – Collateral Base, LLC

Professional Bio: Thomas E. Howard is an attorney at Collateral Base, LLC, where he concentrates his practice in commercial banking, bankruptcy, and business litigation, loan workouts, cannabis and real estate litigation. He is admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the United States District Court for all Illinois districts, the United State Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United State District Court ...
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Michael Drumke – Swanson Martin & Bell

Michael Drumke – Swanson Martin & Bell

Michael focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, class action and commercial litigation. He serves as co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group. He has represented clients in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, California, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He serves ...
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Oriol  Casals – Casa Paraula

Oriol Casals – Casa Paraula

Oriol Casals is a lawyer specialized in Criminal and Administrative Law, Director and founder of the firm Casa Paraula in Barcelona, dedicated for more than 10 years to the defense of Human Rights and the exercise of Criminal Law in Spain and Europe. Writer and parliamentary speaker of the Law of Cannabis Associations of Catalonia, advisor in specialized magazines on cannabis of national scope and collaborator in international media. Post ...
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Rod Kight - Kight on Cannabis

Rod Kight – Kight on Cannabis

Licensed in North Carolina and Oregon I am an attorney who represents businesses in the cannabis industry in the US and internationally. I consult, assist with strategic planning, advise on compliance issues, and offer a full array of business services to the cannabis sector, including hemp, CBD and other cannabinoids, medical marijuana, and adult use marijuana. I also draft legislation for governments and promote cannabis in lawful international markets. Latest ...
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Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai has been a business and corporate lawyer in Germany for almost 16 years gaining wide range of experiences in the process. He is very familiar with the interconnectivity between national and European regulations, especially in regard to consumer protection, product safety and emerging new cannabis products. He has engaged in advocacy relating to cannabis beginning in early stages of his studies at Philipps University Marburg when the German Supreme ...
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Peter Homberg – Dentons

Peter Homberg – Dentons

Peter Homberg is a partner in the Dentons Berlin office. He focuses on life sciences, IP, corporate law and M&A transactions in the life sciences and high-tech sector as well as in R&D and cooperation agreements, cross-border IP licensing and IP strategies. Furthermore, he has extensive experience providing legal advice on compliance issues. Additionally, he is the head of the European Cannabis sector group. Peter advises inter alia companies in ...
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Aaron Pelley – Cultiva Law

Aaron Pelley – Cultiva Law

Aaron Pelley is a veritable celebrity in both his achievements as a lawyer, and advocate of cannabis business for over a decade. Having made sizable contributions to the foundation of legal protections surrounding medicinal cannabis law, his passion in this new realm of law drove him forward. This saw the creation of Cultiva and the subsequent creation of a boutique law firm that lies on the pulse of current cannabis ...
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Richard Y. Cheng - Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC

Richard Y. Cheng – Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC

Richard Y. Cheng’s practice focuses corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance matters and administrative appeals. His healthcare law practice includes representation of post-acute care providers (e.g. nursing facilities, assisted living communities, CCRCs, home health care agencies, hospices, rehabilitation providers), community hospitals, management service organizations (MSOs), private equity groups & investors in healthcare, physician groups, ancillary providers (e.g. pharmacies, DME companies, labs), retail medicine providers (e.g., urgent care centers, ASCs, ERs), dental service ...
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Christopher McHugh – Joseph Hollander & Craft

Christopher McHugh – Joseph Hollander & Craft

Christopher McHugh is a litigator with decades of experience defending individuals and businesses in civil and criminal litigation in Kansas and Missouri courts. In addition to his courtroom practice, Mr. McHugh counsels entities and individuals on law relating to cannabis, marijuana, and hemp projects; represents entities seeking medical marijuana licensure; and assists in all manner of related regulatory issues.   His experience practicing in criminal defense, prisoners’ rights, and First Amendment law ...
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Thomas Haren – Frantz Ward

Thomas Haren – Frantz Ward

Tom represents growing businesses at each stage of their development, and is regularly asked to serve as outside general counsel for his clients. In that role, Tom advises his clients with respect to innumerable legal issues, including regulatory compliance, corporate governance, contract negotiations, risk management, litigation and other day-to-day business issues. He often works with his clients to overcome short-term regulatory and financial uncertainty to achieve long-term success in developing ...
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Dylan Kennett – DLA Piper

Dylan Kennett – DLA Piper

Dylan is a Senior Associate in the London Corporate department of DLA Piper.  He has deep expertise in venture capital, as well as domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions.  He is a trusted advisor for fast growing companies and helping them ‘go global’. His practice encompasses the cannabis, life sciences, technology, media and sport sectors. Dylan is Co-Head of DLA Piper’s Global Cannabis Practice. The practice ...
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Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers – Commended

Dustin Robinson

Dustin Robinson

Dustin Robinson is the Founding Partner of Mr. Cannabis Law – a full-service law firm exclusively focused on the hemp, marijuana, and psychedelic industries. Dustin is licensed in Florida as an Attorney, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Real Estate Agent. He focuses his practice on providing legal, accounting, financial, and business consultation to various businesses operating in the hemp, marijuana, and psychedelic industries. Dustin has worked at one of ...
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M. Allen Hopper

M. Allen Hopper

Allen Hopper is an experienced litigator, consultant and policy expert with deep substantive knowledge of federal, state and local cannabis laws and regulations. Mr. Hopper advises and represents cannabis businesses seeking to navigate cannabis laws and regulations, as well as local governments and officials tasked with crafting and implementing them. His Law and Consulting Practice is based in Santa Cruz and San Jose, serving clients in Santa Cruz and Monterey ...
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Chris Lane - Mackrell.Solicitors

Chris Lane – Mackrell.Solicitors

Chris Lane is Head of Business Development and Marketing at Mackrell.Solicitors and works closely with the Partners to promote the firm and help it continue to grow. Chris started his career in the legal sector in 1995 as a clerk at a Barristers Chambers, but has been focused on practice management, business development and marketing since 2007. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute ...
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Nigel Rowley - Mackrell.Solicitors

Nigel Rowley – Mackrell.Solicitors

Nigel is the firm’s Managing Partner and joint Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Mackrell.Solicitors’ London office. He is widely experienced in complex litigation matters, and various forms of dispute resolution. He is a Past Chairman of Mackrell International, an independent network of law firms around the world. As a result of the firms’ membership of Mackrell International, Nigel is very experienced in cross-border disputes, Major Arbitration, International & National ...
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Sarah Lee - Gossett Parrish

Sarah Lee – Gossett Parrish

Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish (www.slgparrishlaw.com) is a third-generation attorney. She has achieved Martindale-Hubbel’s highest AV Preeminent™ rating for peer and judicial review, and has been selected to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™. The National Law Journal named Sarah Lee one of its 2019 Cannabis Trailblazers, and her law firm was voted the Top Cannabis Business Law Firm in the State of Oklahoma in The Journal Record’s 2020 Readers ...
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John D. Fanburg - Brach Eichler LLC

John D. Fanburg – Brach Eichler LLC

Chair, Healthcare Law - Co-Chair, Cannabis Law John D. Fanburg has more than 30 years of experience in health and hospital law, with an emphasis on corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters for physicians and health care institutions. A recognized leader in this sector, John is known for excellence in transactions, perseverance in deal-making, and strength in corporate, M&A, and regulatory matters. His broad experience representing major hospitals, diverse medical groups, ...
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Tom Zuber - Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber – Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber is a founder and the Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler. Zuber Lawler represents clients throughout the world from offices in Austin, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Silicon Valley. Zuber Lawler represents clients most often on the areas of M&A, finance and other deals; IPOs; intellectual property; FDA, import/export, bankruptcy, and other regulatory work; and litigation and investigations. Zuber Lawler’s attorneys work in languages covering 90% ...
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Jordan Zoot - aBIZinaBOX Inc.

Jordan Zoot – aBIZinaBOX Inc.

Mr. Zoot is licensed as a CPA in CA, FL, IL, NY, and TX. He has a national reputation of technical and transactional taxation of pass-thru entities [Partnerships, LLCs and S Corporations], private equity, and alternative asset funds primarily in distressed mortgages and assets, professional services, real estate, venture-funded tech start-ups, and the commercial cannabis industry in California. Mr. Zoot is engaged at numerous points of contact in a lead ...
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Brett M. Schuman - Goodwin Procter LLP

Brett M. Schuman – Goodwin Procter LLP

Brett Schuman is the chair of the firm’s San Francisco office and the former head of the Litigation Department for Goodwin's California offices. He is a co-founder and partner in the firm’s Cannabis group and also a member of the firm’s IP Litigation group. Brett advises U.S. and international businesses in, or looking to get in, the cannabis industry. His clients range from Fortune 50 companies to emerging companies. He ...
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Jeffrey Rosen - Tailored Benefits, Inc

Jeffrey Rosen – Tailored Benefits, Inc

As the founder of Tailored Benefits, Inc. Jeffrey brings an unprecedented level of entrepreneurship, management expertise, and innovation to the insurance and employee benefits. With over a decade of experience as a practicing attorney, Jeffrey's understanding of the legal nuances in employee benefits and HR informs every aspect of his business practice. Tailored Benefits, Inc. is one of the premier employee benefit and consulting firms in Northern California. We have ...
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Charles X. Gormally - Brach Eichler LLC

Charles X. Gormally – Brach Eichler LLC

Co-Chair, Cannabis Law Charles Gormally offers a proficiency in counseling clients with complex business matters, challenges to governmental regulation, contract disputes, and tort actions. Designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, a distinction reserved for less than 2% of attorneys, Charles has successfully tried jury and bench trial cases in the Federal and state courts, as well as arbitration matters. Charles is a State of ...
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Margret Knitter, LL.M. - SKW Schwarz

Margret Knitter, LL.M. – SKW Schwarz

Margret Knitter is a partner and the head of the Medical Cannabis group of the German law firm SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte. Additionally, she is the head of the IP practice of SKW Schwarz and a Certified Expert for IP. Since the legalization of medical cannabis in Germany in 2017, Margret Knitter is active in this field. Margret advises her clients in all matters of intellectual property and competition law. This ...
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Veronica Darling - Cultiva Law

Veronica Darling – Cultiva Law

Veronica is a Pacific Northwest native with over a decade of experience in strategic business planning, complex commercial litigation and regulatory compliance. Over the last four years, she has become intimately involved in navigating the Oregon cannabis regulatory landscape, serving as compliance and regulatory counsel for a local cannabis processor. Prior to returning to Portland in 2015, Veronica represented numerous municipalities and public entities throughout California in various regulatory and ...
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Ricardo Geada - Mackrell.Solicitors

Ricardo Geada – Mackrell.Solicitors

Ricardo is a Partner and Head of The Cannabis & Regulatory Team at Mackrell Solicitors. Ricardo has over 12 years’ experience both in private practice, in-house and as a non-executive director.  This has given him the ability to work effectively under pressure, managing diverse and complex regulatory, contentious and non-contentious caseloads for medium to large multinational brands on a variety of legal and challenging issues. Ricardo has a genuine interest ...
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Steven F. Groce

Steven F. Groce

Member of the Missouri Bar, the Texas Bar, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court Juries Doctorate (JD) Law, University of Missouri, at Kansas City - Graduated 1984 36 years Experience in Criminal Defense. Practice primarily devoted to DWI (Alcohol and/or Drug) Intoxication, including Cannabis; and also Defending all Cannabis related cases, for Possession, Cultivation, Distribution, etc. Practice covers entire State of Missouri. Memberships Life member Attorney for ...
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Ted Bernhard - Cultiva Law

Ted Bernhard – Cultiva Law

Ted Bernhard is a seasoned business, securities, tax and regulatory compliance attorney with a professional career spanning over two decades.   He began his legal career with one of the largest and most prominent law firms in the Pacific Northwest and joined Cultiva Law to continue serving entrepreneurs, businesses and private equity investors. Ted’s specialty is in applying proven business and legal principles to new businesses pursuing innovative market opportunities. Specifically, ...
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Ricardo Costa Macedo - Caiado Guerreiro

Ricardo Costa Macedo – Caiado Guerreiro

Ricardo Costa Macedo is a partner at Caiado Guerreiro since 2006. He heads the Intellectual Property and Life Sciences groups of the firm. His practice covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious patent, trademark and other IP-related rights, such as trade secrets and unfair competition, in particular in the pharmaceutical, home care, food and insurance sectors. Moreover, he has vast knowledge in regulatory matters in these sectors. Recognition As ...
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Mio Asami - Cultiva Law

Mio Asami – Cultiva Law

Mio Asami, born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, grew up sharing time between the United States and Tokyo, Japan. Following an unconventional path, she possesses a background in transactional business law, intellectual property law, and videography. Mio is a licensed attorney in California with a focus on the Los Angeles, aiding businesses navigate licensure and development in an emerging industry. In her legal practice, Mio’s focus is the ...
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Nick Earles - Mackrell.Solicitors

Nick Earles – Mackrell.Solicitors

Nick has a huge passion for the cannabis and psychedelic medicines sectors, having already advised on some key regulatory issues that have affected the cannabis industry as well as providing regulatory advice ancillary to corporate and dispute resolution transactions. Nick’s dedication and interest in these areas has given him an enviable knowledge of current market activity, global legal developments and disruptive breaking news – information that is essential in such ...
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Shannett Thompson - Kingsley Napley LLP

Shannett Thompson – Kingsley Napley LLP

Shannett Thompson is a Partner in the Regulatory team at Kingsley Napley LLP. She acts for health and social care professionals involved in regulatory proceedings, including representing doctors in respect of investigations by the GMC. She also advises healthcare businesses and care home providers on their regulatory obligations. She is one of the firm’s experts on cannabis regulation and private prosecutions. Cannabis Matters Advised a start-up company in relation to ...
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Susan Burns - S Burns & Associates LLC.

Susan Burns – S Burns & Associates LLC.

Susan Burns is a business lawyer who specializes in guiding businesses using steady or rapid growth strategies depending on their needs. Her practice serves various industries from service providers, microbiology consultants, and tech startups, to innovative industries such as sustainable food businesses and cannabis farmers and sellers. Susan functions as the on-call business partner to her clients.. As general counsel and strategic business advisor she finds creative solutions to unexpected ...
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Jason P. Tortorici  - Schilleci & Tortorici, p.c.

Jason P. Tortorici – Schilleci & Tortorici, p.c.

Engaged as general counsel to Alabama Cannabis Industry Association and Alabama Hemp Industry Trade Association where I am working with stakeholders, lobbyists, and legislators to facilitate and develop Alabama’s plan for hemp cultivation under the 2018 Farm Bill as well as promoting efforts to pass and implement the Compassion Act which would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Alabama. Successfully represented Black Tie CBD in a dispute with High ...
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