Robert McVay, Program Chair, is a partner with Harris Bricken. He advises businesses acting under Washington’s medical and recreational marijuana laws, advising them on licensing, regulatory compliance, corporate structure, land use, and commercial transactions.
Joshua Ashby is the Co-Chair of Lane Powell PC's Cannabis Team. He is currently the executive chair for the Washington State Bar Association's Cannabis Law Bar Section and has chaired the Annual NW Marijuana Law Conference since 2016. As an attorney, his practice focuses on business strategy and corporate planning.
Philip Buri founded Buri Funston Mumford & Furlong PLLC, in Bellingham, Washington. He practices appellate and civil litigation. 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.
Fitz Couhig is the Chief Executive Officer with Pioneer Nuggets. Pioneer Nuggets is a tier 2 production and processing company located in Arlington currently, employing 20 dedicated team members. He is a member of The Rotary Club of Arlington.
Jessica M. Cox is an associate in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups.
Jerry B. Edmonds is a member at Williams Kastner and is based in the Seattle office. He has familiarity with numerous areas of substantive law and has served clients in a variety of industries including insurance, health care, banking, finance, leasing and transportation, as well as clients from a broad range of professional, manufacturing and distributing businesses. His experience includes advising, transactional work and litigation.
Ryan C. Espegard is a partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP, in their Seattle office. His practice includes representing cannabis business licensees in regulatory, land use, and business disputes.
Kevin P. Hanchett, is the founder of Resource Transition Consultants LLC. His areas of expertise are receivership, debtor-creditor, commercial litigation, banking & financial disputes and real estate. He served on the committee that proposed the revised receivership statute which was signed into law in 2004. He currently serves on the committee working on revisions to the statute.
Sam Mendez, attorney with Cultiva Law, dedicates his practice to corporate law, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and litigation in representing the cannabis industry. Prior to private practice, he was the executive director of UW Law’s Cannabis Law & Policy Project. He is one of the founding members of the WSBA Cannabis Law Section.
Sativa M. Rasmussen, associate with Lane Powell PC, represents businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory and compliance needs. She has extensive experience negotiating transactions, drafting documents, and communicating the needs of her clients to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and other administrative agencies.
Sylvia See has been a Senior Business Banker with Salal Credit Union since 2015 and works with law firms and cannabis businesses. She coordinates the complex banking needs of businesses that work under strict government oversight with an eye to maintaining strong relationships with clients and regulators. She has worked in banking since 1992 and started with Seafirst Bank.
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.
Megan Vaniman, is an experienced employment law attorney and corporate advisor with Harris Bricken. Her practice is focused on employment advising, employment and labor litigation, and business litigation. She possesses particular expertise in State Administrative matters involving wage claims, harassment, and discrimination.
Oscar Velasco-Schmitz is the Director and Co-Founder of Dockside Cannabis. In 2011 he co-founded Dockside Co-Op, an award winning and nationally certified medical cannabis access point. Since the passage of initiative 502 in Washington State, he has co-launched multiple state licensed retail stores under the Dockside Cannabis brand.
Lindsey J. Weidenbach is a Principal with Jeffers Danielson Sonn & Aylward PS. Her primary areas of practice are tax law and 1031 exchanges, business and corporate law, as well as working with agriculture, highly regulated industries, and estate planning.