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Laura Schniedwind is a San Francisco-based attorney working with cannabis companies located throughout Northern California. She provides outside general counsel services to clients who are engaged in all aspects of the legal cannabis industry. She advises cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries and delivery services on entity selection and formation, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, licensing and permitting, real estate and zoning, manufacturing practices and product labeling.
Prior to practicing in the cannabis space, Laura was the first and only in-house counsel of a privately-held global company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of semiconductor analysis equipment. She established a company-wide export compliance program, oversaw the implementation and alignment of company policies across subsidiaries, and worked with various stakeholders to draft agreements and help drive business forward. Following the company’s acquisition by a public company, she decided to leverage her experience working with small companies experiencing major growth in regulated industries and work with companies in the cannabis industry.
A native of the Bay Area, Laura graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2011. During law school she focused on social justice and municipal law, and worked with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office to bring and defend lawsuits on behalf of the City. Following law school, Laura worked on a highly-publicized civil lawsuit brought against a public utility company whose underground gas pipeline exploded in a residential neighborhood.
Laura holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to law school, Laura was a translator for detained immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. She is fluent in Spanish.
Laura volunteers as an assistant coach with the local high school mountain bike team and enjoys spending time in nature, especially with bikes, snacks and friends.