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 markets.

As a result, Tom is one of the most sought after attorneys serving the Ohio and national cannabis industry, in which he represents licensed operators in medical and adult use markets, ancillary service providers, and companies operating in the hemp industry.

As a former nominee for the State Senate, Tom also knows how important it is to build consensus at the local and State level to further clients’ interests. He is an avid contributor to various local and national media outlets and often shares his expertise by speaking at industry conferences and events.
Tom regularly provides pro bono litigation services to indigent clients, as well as clients facing defamation claims based on constitutionally-protected online speech.

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio Hemp Association—Executive Vice President (2019-Present)
  • International Cannabis Industry Association—Legal and Banking Committee (2016-2017)
  • International Cannabis Bar Association—Member (2016-Present)
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee—Member (2012-Present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association—Member (2012-Present); Council of Delegates (2018-Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member (2011-Present); Board of Directors Trustee (2018-Present)
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers—Member (2012-Present)
  • Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association—Member (2012-Present)


  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2019-2020)



Address & Contacts


200 Public Square, Suite 3000 Cleveland, OH 44114


41.49973288805, -81.691679968682