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Kelly Rosenberg, a Senior Attorney with McAllister Garfield, P.C., is an expert in regulatory and administrative law. As general and litigation counsel to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (the “MED”) from 2010 to 2016, Kelly’s knowledge of Colorado’s medical and recreational marijuana laws is unparalleled.
Kelly represented state agencies at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for nine years and knows how regulators work and think. That experience allows her to thoughtfully and effectively represent clients in disciplinary and other regulatory matters and to help her clients achieve their business goals. As counsel to the MED, Kelly took part in every rulemaking the agency undertook until 2016, including helping to draft the first ever recreational marijuana regulations. Kelly also represented the MED in every major rules’ violation enforcement case during her tenure with the agency. Given her deep experience on enforcement matters, Kelly will chair the McAllister Garfield, P.C. Administrative Law Group, where she will advise clients on how to comply with the rules, defend clients against rules violation allegations at the state and local level, and initiate litigation against regulators in state courts when they violate clients’ rights.
Prior to joining McAllister Garfield, P.C., Kelly worked at another cannabis law firm where she gained experience in working on national licensing applications for entrepreneurs entering the cannabis space. Her unique knowledge in understanding what regulators want when considering cannabis business applications helps her advise clients on what factors are most appealing to application evaluators. Given this experience, Kelly will also chair McAllister Garfield’s cannabis licensing work, and the Firm expects her to play a key role in license applications in California, Florida, and other new emerging cannabis states.
Kelly graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2004, where she was honored with the Outstanding Female Law Student Award. Prior to that, she graduated from the honors program and obtained a degree in molecular biology with a minor in communications from the University of Wyoming. She lives in Denver with her husband and two children.