Nicole Howell Neubert, Program Chair, partner with Clark Neubert LLP, is one of California’s most effective and respected cannabis business and regulatory attorneys. Her experience advising hundreds of successful cannabis operators through the corporate, transactional, and regulatory dynamics of California’s complex market illustrates her dexterity across legal and strategic arenas.
Stephen J. Baker, PG, HG is the founder of Operation Unite. He has provided articles in The Union newspaper that discuss water resources in the cannabis industry, conducted environmental surveys at cannabis cultivation locations in California and provides groundwater management for specific cannabis businesses.
Joy Beckerman is the Principal Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International LLC, a New York-based consulting,legal support and expert witness firm serving the global community, as well as the Regulatory Officer & Industry Liaison for Elixinol. She is the President of the Hemp Industries Association, Vice President of the U.S. Hemp Authority, and sits on the National Board of Directors of NORML.
Daniel E. Dersham is an attorney with Harris Bricken. His practice centers on commercial litigation and commercial real estate transactions. He regularly represents commercial landlords and tenants in negotiating and structuring leases, tenant build-outs, and new construction.
Brian F. Elliott is the founder of Fire and Emergency Services Consulting. He is a retired Fire Chief, licensed Community College Instructor, Cannabis code compliance professional, former Hazardous Materials Response Team supervisor, member of California Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Officers Division, and a National Fire Protection Association active member.
Beau Epperly, partner with Epperly Elam LLP, advises startup-business clients in all aspects of the startup cycle; from formation to exit. He guides mature companies through complex securities and tax regulatory matters. He and his team have led a wide variety of complex and unique funding deals for startups and recapitalization funding for existing businesses.
Omar Figueroa, principal attorney with Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, has spent two decades at the vanguard of California cannabis law and is widely respected as an industry expert. As author of Cannabis Codes of California, the first comprehensive book of the state’s cannabis laws, he frequently appears in media coverage as an advocate for the industry.
Julie A. Hamill, attorney with Harris Bricken, practices land use, real estate, local government and business law. She helps clients obtain land use approvals and entitlements, including conditional use permits, regulatory permits, use determination letters and development agreements.
Jason M. Horst, principal with Horst Legal Counsel, is among the foremost experts on the intersection of insurance law and the cannabis industry. He offers a range of risk management services to clients in and servicing the cannabis industry, including counseling related to insurance placement, risk transfer strategies, and preparing insurance specifications.
Joanna Hossack is a cannabis business attorney with Clark Neubert LLP. She advises the firm’s clients on matters of entity formation, corporate governance, business transactional matters, local permitting and state licensing with a particular focus on the water law and environmental issues facing commercial cannabis operators.
David Hua is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meadow, a software company specializing in California cannabis, and Y-Combinator's first start-up to operate in the cannabis space. He has dedicated the last 4 years to bridging the divide between cannabis and technology. He has partnered with dispensaries and delivery services of all sizes across California, utilizing technology to scale with demand from legalization, maintain compliance with local and state regulations, and create operational efficiencies to thrive in the regulated industry.
Kathryn L. McCall is a partner at Sideman & Bancroft LLP and head of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Team. She advises cannabis companies on entity formation and governance, business financing, operational concerns and commercial agreements, and mergers and acquisitions.
Jaime J. Santos, Esq. is a solo practitioner currently practicing in Oakland, CA. She advises companies on transactional and tax matters across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, and services. After law school she spent years honing skills at premier firms, including Heller Ehrman and Orrick.
Christina Sava is the managing attorney with Anthony Law Group. With a thorough understanding of the new regulatory landscape in California, Christina helps clients understand the regulatory process, create professional local and state permit applications, and bring their businesses into compliance.
David Schnider, partner with Nolan Heimann LLP, is a lawyer and business executive with over 15 years of experience specializing in intellectual property, licensing, and contract negotiations. He has worked with growers, distributors, and service providers to understand the complicated federal and state registration system and to obtain registrations for their trademarks.
Ambere St. Denis is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Crimson Business Insurance Agency. She started Crimson to help underserved business owners make savvy decisions about their coverage. Her professional background includes 15 years of hospitality/restaurant experience, so she truly “gets” the challenges businesses face and how insurance can protect them.
Christopher J. Wood, principle attorney at Wykowski Law, is at the forefront of taxation and corporate law matters facing the cannabis industry. He has served as counsel in some of the industry’s most important deals, including numerous mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, IP transactions, and corporate governance issues.
Katy M. Young is a founding partner of Ad Astra Law Group LLP. Her areas of practice applicable to the cannabis industry are business and real estate litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, investor issues, business torts, landlord/tenant matters, and general counsel work.