Phillip Silvestri, Program Co-Chair, Senior Counsel with Greenspoon Marder, focuses on representation of clients in highly regulated industries. His practice includes representing businesses in the cannabis industry, advising both licensed growers, processors and retailers of medical and recreational marijuana.
Melissa L. Waite, Program Co-Chair, is a Member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's Real Estate Department and practices in the areas of privilege licensing, business transactions and real estate transactions. She assists with licensing and regulatory compliance for businesses with liquor, marijuana, gaming and other privilege licenses.
William Anderson was appointed by Gov. Sandoval as the Executive Director of the Nevada Department of Taxation in 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Economist for the State Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation since 2006 where he provided economic and labor market analyses and commentaries to assist public and private decision makers.
Alicia R. Ashcraft is co-founder and managing partner of Ashcraft & Barr LLP. Since 2014, she has almost exclusively focused her practice on representing marijuana businesses through all phases of operation – licensing, land use approvals, real estate transactions, inspections, government affairs, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, contracts and commercial transactions, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Jeffrey F. Barr is a co-founder and partner at the law firm of Ashcraft & Barr LLP, concentrating his practice on advising marijuana businesses, government affairs, and business dispute resolution, with an emphasis on contract litigation and real estate disputes. He also provides legal and business consulting services regarding legal issues in the emerging marijuana industry in Nevada.
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 H. Bliss, attorney with Howard & Howard, has a comprehensive background in law and business operations management with extensive transactional and litigation experience in a broad range of legal fields, including intellectual property, contract, and corporate legal issues.
Joe Brezny serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations for Rexroad Marquis Corporation. He manages state and local government affairs and community relations across several states, and also advises state and local government entities in emerging markets on behalf of the firm.
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.
David A. Clark is a partner with Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin PC. For 15 years, he was a prosecutor in the Office of Bar Counsel, culminating in five years as Bar Counsel. He prosecuted personally more than a thousand attorney grievances from investigation through trial and appeal, along with direct petitions to the Supreme Court for emergency suspensions and reciprocal discipline.
Deonne E. Contine, Of Counsel with Kaempfer Crowell, focuses her practice on administrative law, regulatory matters, cannabis issues, state and local taxation (SALT) and related litigation. She is the former Executive Director of Nevada’s Department of Taxation.
Matt Engle is a Commercial Insurance Broker with Insurance Office of America and is their Cannabis Practice Leader for the Western Region. He has spent 16 years in the insurance industry both as a licensed agent and in corporate management positions.He is a sought-after cannabis insurance advisor for a variety of property and casualty exposures, having written insurance on cannabis operations since 2014.
Martina L. Jaccarino, Jaccarino Trial Attorney & Cannabis Consultant, is a Nevada attorney with cannabis experience in all of the western states serviced by the firm. She has completed more than a dozen jury trials, as well as becoming deeply involved in cannabis regulation. She contributed to the Nevada Medical Marijuana Regulations and completed four successful applications.
Adam D. Kemper, senior counsel with Greenspoon Marder, focuses his practice in the area of labor and employment law. He counsels employers of all sizes on a variety of workplace and human resources issues. He also works with cannabis businesses on their various workplace needs.
Mikah Mesa, Business License Specialist at the Clark County Department of Business License, focuses on business license code, policies and procedures. She performs technical work in processing complex business license applications and modifications primarily involving regulated, marijuana, liquor and gaming license categories.
Ben Sillitoe Co-Founded Oasis Cannabis in 2014 and has been Chief Executive Officer ever since. He has been a leader in the local Las Vegas cannabis industry since its inception, having served on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Dispensary Association for over two years.
Jessica Velazquez, CPA, CFE, is Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and Managing Partner of Indiva Advisors LLP. She brings more than 17 years of tax and business experience, hailing from traditional corporate environments and accumulating experience at well-known firms including Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young and Zappos.com.
Christine Wittwer is a Senior License Technician with the City of Las Vegas Planning Department, Business Licensing Division. She has worked to familiarize herself with the new rules and regulations for the recreational side of the marijuana business and the new City ordinance that was passed in May of this year.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager represents Assembly District 9 in the Nevada Legislature. In the 2017 session, he chaired the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. In the 2019 Session, he served as Speaker pro tem and again chaired the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. When the Legislature is not in session, he practices law at Battle Born Injury Lawyers, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense.