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.
Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, was appointed by Governor Brown in February 2016. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level.
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.
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.
Avis Bulbulyan is the CEO of SIVA Enterprises, a full-service cannabis business development and consulting firm that provides state licensing, management, venture opportunities, product and brand development, and insurance to entrepreneurs across the United States. He oversees corporate direction, business development and strategy, facilitating company activity in consulting, alliances and channels, marketing, investments and operations.
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.
Michael N. Cohen is the founder and principal of the Cohen IP Law Group PC. His practice is focused on matters involving intellectual property, business and entertainment law. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney and is experienced in all phases of IP litigation.
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.
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.
Fiona Ma, CPA, Board Member, California State Board of Equalization (BOE), District 2, represents 23 counties and nearly ten million Californians in her District. As one of the few Certified Public Accountants to serve on the BOE, she is a strong voice for businesses and taxpayers - taking the lead in clearing the haze around the cannabis industry by holding informative stakeholder meetings discussing key issues.
Alison Malsbury is an attorney with Harris Bricken in San Francisco. She focuses her practice on corporate and intellectual property transactions, as well as regulatory compliance in emerging industries. She assists clients with contracts, entity structuring and formation, intellectual property protection, and cannabis regulatory compliance in California.
Cat Packer was appointed by City of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, in August 2017 as the first Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation. The Department of Cannabis Regulation is a newly-established city entity tasked with cannabis policy implementation and licensing commercial cannabis activity within the City.
Lawrence E. Serbin, Chair of the California Department of Food & Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, has been leading the hemp industries in the US for over a quarter of a century. Previously he volunteered for the Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp (BACH). He is the Past President and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Hemp Industries Association. In 1993, he founded LA-based Hemp Traders, the largest supplier of hemp textiles and hemp fiber products in North America.