McAllister Garfield, P.C. expanded into California prior to the legalization of adult use cannabis in 2016 and has been actively involved in the evolution of the cannabis industry since before full regulations came into effect in 2018. Similar to its Colorado practice, the Firm handles every major area of need for the cannabis and hemp industries in California from start up to exit, including corporate start up, corporate governance, financing, securities compliance, regulatory compliance, licensing, commercial litigation, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and employment law. We provide big firm quality transaction work with deep regulatory knowledge and connections to achieve our clients’ goals. The Firm brings over 10 years of experience to bear on the newly regulated market, whereas many law firms in California are just now getting involved in the industry.
The Firm’s clients in California consist of a healthy mix of legacy operators and new entrants, including public companies and private equity funds. With a mix of regulatory and business transaction lawyers, the Firm has advised on the risks and opportunities of entering into the California market. The Firm’s broad experience with emerging cannabis and hemp markets helps clients avoid mistakes other lawyers don’t know about.
With offices in Los Angeles, the firm has been heavily involved in the evolution of local rules in southern California, including significant experience with the L.A. social equity program. For more information on our California team, see these profiles: Sean T. McAllister, Kresimir Peharda, Andrew Koussevitzky, and Anne Kelson