Hilary V. Bricken, Program Chair, is a partner at Harris Bricken in its Los Angeles office. Licensed to practice law in California, Washington, and Florida, she is one of the premier cannabis business and regulatory attorneys in the United States. As chair of Harris Bricken’s Regulated Substances practice group, which includes the Canna Law Group, she helps cannabis companies of all sizes with their cannabis related legal issues.
Taylor M. Anderson is a Deputy City Attorney with the Long Beach City Attorney's Office whose practice focuses on servicing the legal needs of the City of Long Beach on cannabis related matters. Her practice areas are general municipal law related to adult-use/recreational and medical cannabis, including drafting and reviewing ordinances, code enforcement, nuisance abatement, and advising various City departments.
Bryan M. Bergman, attorney with Bergman Law Group, has been practicing for over a decade with experience in complex business transactions, civil litigation involving complex issues surrounding real estate, business and family law disputes, and assisting cannabis businesses, real estate owners involved in the cannabis industry, investors, and ancillary cannabis service companies in California.
Kenneth Berke, President of PayQwick, Inc., is a California-licensed attorney with over 29 years of experience. In 2014, he combined his legal, business, and regulatory compliance expertise to co-found PayQwick. As President and an attorney, he has played an integral role in creating PayQwick’s BSA/AML and state law compliance programs.
Oren Bitan, shareholder with Buchalter, has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership, consumer product, and commercial litigation. He advises cannabis businesses on a wide variety of issues, including regulatory advice, banking, lending, financing, intellectual property, receivership, real property development and leasing, and assembling teams of attorneys to provide corporate and employment advice.
Philip Buri founded Buri Funston Mumford & Furlong PLLC, in Bellingham, Washington. He practices appellate and civil litigation, land use, and advises homeowner and community associations. He has been lead counsel in over 145 appeals in the three divisions of the Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit.
Alexander Freedman, Deputy City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney; City of Los Angeles, is in-house counsel to the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation and the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission. He advises the Department and the Commission on all matters concerning the regulation and licensing of commercial cannabis activity in Los Angeles.
Mike Goral is the partner in charge of Squar Milner's Cannabis Practice. He is responsible for all accounting issues for the firm’s cannabis clients.With over 25 years of experience pertaining to federal, state and local tax matters, Mr. Goral has worked with both large and small cannabis companies. He also has has extensive experience defending cannabis clients in federal and state tax matters.
Wesley Hein is a Compliance & Public Affairs Consultant with Mammoth Distribution and manages legal, compliance and public affairs efforts. He helps Mammoth navigate state and local licensing processes, interactions with regulators, and lobbying state agencies and lawmakers.
James G. Hunt is an attorney currently with Guske & Company, Inc. He has extensive experience in advising individuals, non-profit organizations, closely held and public companies on federal and multi-state issues and compliance.
Honorable Steven K. Lubell (Retired) is a former Commissioner of the Superior Court of the State of California; County of Los Angeles.After a decade as a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner and adjunct professor of law, and over a decade before that as a real estate lawyer, he is dedicated to the implementation of the cannabis laws and regulations enacted in California.
Matt Maurer is a partner at Torkin Manes LLP and Vice-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group. He provides regulatory advice to a wide range of cannabis industry stakeholders, including licensed producers, producer applicants, owners of businesses that provide ancillary services to the cannabis industry, entrepreneurs with start-up aspirations, and foreign businesses.
Amanda Ostrowitz, Founder & Chief Executive Officer with CannaRegs, is a regulatory attorney and entrepreneur who’s identified a need for a user friendly, scalable platform to research regulations and laws in the cannabis industry. Amanda founded RegsTechnology and its current product, CannaRegs, as a tool to aid attorneys, business people, and governments with localized tracking of regulatory issues.
Dean A. Rocco, partner with Wilson Elser, is the Western Region Chair of the firm’s national Employment & Labor practice. He also serves as co-chair of the firm’s national Cannabis Law practice. He works with clients inside and outside the cannabis industry to navigate the complex and quickly evolving framework of recreational and medical marijuana laws impacting their businesses.
Daniel Shortt is an attorney with Harris Bricken, focusing on Washington’s cannabis industry. He assists clients with their cannabis transaction and litigation needs. He is a frequent speaker and writer on cannabis-related issues and he has been featured in local and national publications.
Ian A. Stewart is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Elser. He is co-founder and chair of the Wilson Elser Cannabis Law practice and uses his 20 years of legal experience to help clients navigate the legalities around cannabis and hemp. He works with licensed cannabis operators to comply with their obligations under the law and to develop risk management best practices.
Griffen Thorne is an attorney in Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on advisory, litigation, and regulatory matters across a wide variety of industries. His litigation practice includes patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, entertainment, false advertising, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes throughout the United States. In addition to litigation, his practice also includes trademark prosecution and non-litigation enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Hanspeter Walter is a shareholder with Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard where he practices in the areas of environmental, administrative, water, cannabis, real estate, and land-use law. He performs a wide variety of legal services including administrative hearings, litigation, transactional document preparation, regulatory permitting and compliance assistance, negotiations, and in-depth legal research.