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Daniel Podestá Farina
Daniel Podestá Farina
Estudio Podestá - Uruguay
Liz Jackson-Simpson
Liz Jackson-Simpson
CEO - Success Centers
Jayashree Mitra
Jayashree Mitra
Partner - Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
Lara DeCaro
Lara DeCaro
Partner - Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP
Jason Moscovici
Jason Moscovici
Partner - Robic, LLP
Michael Drumke
Michael Drumke
Parter - Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP
Jeena Cho
Jeena Cho
Legal Mindfulness Facilitator - JC Law Group PC
Amber Littlejohn
Amber Littlejohn
Policy Attorney - MCBA
Jason Moscovici
Jason Moscovici
Lawyer - Robic
Patrick Nightingale
Patrick Nightingale
Criminal Defense Attorney - PKN Law
Frank Robison
Frank Robison
Attorney at Law – U.S. Customs Broker - Robison Law LLC
Constantin von der Groeben
Constantin von der Groeben
Managing Director - Demecan
Hannah Stitt
Hannah Stitt
Ed Rosenthal
Ed Rosenthal
Owner - Quick Trading Company
Bob Nichols
Bob Nichols
Partner - Kind Law LLP
Omar Figueroa
Omar Figueroa
Founder - Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

Omar Figueroa is a graduate of Yale College, Stanford Law School, and the Trial Lawyers College. He has also completed an Executive Education program for directors of corporate boards at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. He is a Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association as well as a Director of the California Cannabis Tourism Association.  He is also a Founding Lifetime Member and former Director of the International Cannabis Bar Association, a Lifetime Member of the NORML Legal Committee, and recognized with the Distinguished Counsel’s Award by NORML.

Omar has more than twenty one years of experience practicing cannabis law in the Golden State. The Law Offices of Omar Figueroa is one of the leading cannabis licensing, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property law firms in California.

Omar is the author of the legal reference works California Cannabis Laws and Regulations 2020 (also available in a Kindle Edition),  California Cannabis Laws and Regulations: 2019 Edition (also available in a Kindle Edition), California Cannabis Laws: MAUCRSA Edition (also available in a Kindle edition), and Cannabis Codes of California: Legalization Edition.

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Ursa Gorsak
Office Assistant
Law Offices of Omar Figueroa
Tel: (707) 829-0215
Fax: (707) 861-9187
Jessica McElfresh
Jessica McElfresh
Attorney-at-Law - McElfresh Law Inc.

Jessica C. McElfresh of McElfresh Law, Inc. has worked in cannabis law and policy since 2010. She focuses on local and state applications, land use, regulatory compliance, and business law. She represents cannabis retailers, distributors, cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs, as
well as landlords and ancillary businesses. Jessica has guided clients through successful applications in jurisdictions such as the City of San Diego, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, La Mesa, and the County of San Diego.

Jessica has authored and advised on numerous local ordinances and ballot measures to regulate cannabis businesses, including Measure U in La Mesa and Measure V in Lemon Grove. She has won writs of mandate at the local and appellate level to compel local governments and registrars of voters to accept petitions and count voter signatures.

Jessica represents people facing discipline or loss of state and local licenses, particularly in the cannabis industry. She began her career in criminal defense and continues to take select cases. Jessica has unique experience with the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege and the duties of an attorney under investigation or facing criminal charges. She gained this experience after she faced criminal charges alongside cannabis clients in 2017 in a case that garnered national attention. Jessica also lectures on the ethical considerations in a cannabis practice,
including conflicts of interest, business partnerships with clients, and withdrawal from representation.

Outside of her law practice, Jessica is an advocate for cannabis and broader drug policy reform. She is an advisory board member for A New PATH, an organization dedicated to promoting therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies. Jessica has also served as a consultant for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California about how Proposition 64 affects criminal justice reform and individual rights. She is a proud member of the International Cannabis Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee.

Jessica grew up in San Diego and graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College before attending the University of San Diego School of Law on a Dean’s Honor Scholarship. She has spoken at conferences and taught continuing legal education classes for organizations and law schools including the National Cannabis Industry Association Business Summit & Expo, International Cannabis Bar Association, State of Cannabis, California NORML, San Diego County Bar Association, and University of San Diego School of Law.

Chesa Boudin
Chesa Boudin
District Attorney - City of San Francisco
Sandra A. Gogal
Sandra A. Gogal
Lead - Miller Thomson LLP

E-mail: sgogal@millerthomson.com
Sandra is the Lead of Miller Thomson’s Cannabis Industry Group, consisting of approximately 60 lawyers, specializing in all aspects of the cannabis supply chain. She is recognized as one of the firm’s leading cannabis lawyers in the areas of regulatory compliance and licensing. Sandra routinely provides legal and strategic advice to local and national companies with respect to setting up and developing cannabis operations in Canada. Sandra has acted on several large and well-publicized public offerings in the Canadian cannabis industry and has assisted clients with navigating the Cannabis regulatory landscape at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

She has an in depth understanding of the issues facing cannabis entrepreneurs and investors and has provided advice and guidance to clients with respect to licensing for cultivation, production and sale, import and export of medical and recreational cannabis as well as industrial hemp, CBD and other cannabis related products. She has also provided guidance and advice to banks, credit unions, insurance companies and transportation companies relating to the risks and challenges in doing business in the cannabis space. Sandra’s cannabis clients include large producers, manufacturers, retail operators and distributers doing business in Canada and seeking to import and export product. Sandra was recently retained to draft a medicinal cannabis framework for a Caribbean state allowing for the regulated possession and sale of cannabis as well as the expungement of criminal records. She is a frequent speaker on the Cannabis laws in Canada, having spoken at cannabis conventions throughout Canada, New York, Philadelphia, Berlin, Las Vegas , Jamaica and Israel.

Lorenza Romanese
Lorenza Romanese
Managing Director - EIHA
Gaynell Rogers
Gaynell Rogers
Founder/Managing Partner - Treehouse Global Ventures
Dina Rollman
Dina Rollman
SVP, Government & Regulatory Affairs - GTI
Nicole Howell
Nicole Howell
Attorney - Clark Howell
Lorenzo Lisi
Lorenzo Lisi
Partner - Aird & Berlis LLP
Deepak Anand
Deepak Anand
CEO - Materia
Jeffrey Merk
Jeffrey Merk
Partner - Aird & Berlis LLP
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
President - Napro Research
Vanita Spaulding
Vanita Spaulding
Managing Director, Cannabis Valuation Practice Leader - SingerLewak
Khurshid Khoja
Khurshid Khoja
Chairman, Board of Director - National Cannabis Industry Association
Amanda Reiman
Amanda Reiman
Founder - Personal Plants
Ariel Clark
Ariel Clark
Principal - Clark Howell LLP
Shane Pennington
Shane Pennington
Associate - Yetter Coleman
Pauline Pelletier
Pauline Pelletier
Director, Sterne, Kessler - Goldstein & Fox
Steve DeAngelo
Steve DeAngelo
Chairman Emeritus - Harborside Inc.
Sarah Loya
Sarah Loya
General Counsel - Parallel
Lauren Linder
Lauren Linder
Deputy General Counsel - Parallel

Lauren Linder is Deputy General Counsel and regional President, Georgia at Parallel (formerly Surterra Wellness). Parallel is one of the largest privately held, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis companies in the world with a mission to pioneer well-being and improve the quality of life through cannabinoids.  Parallel owns and operates retail dispensaries in four medical and adult-use markets. Previously, Lauren was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for The Weather Channel television network, where she advised all aspects of the business on a range of transactional, compliance, regulatory, and litigation matters. Prior to that, Lauren represented truTV and Turner Studios as counsel at Turner Broadcasting. Lauren started her career as an associate in the trademark and copyright practice at Kilpatrick Townsend.  An Atlanta native, Lauren graduated from Pace Academy.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her juris doctor from Duke University.  As a former educator, athlete, and dancer, Lauren’s volunteerism reflects her passion for education and the arts. Lauren recently completed a term on the Advisory Board for the Alliance Theater. Lauren also recently served as a volunteer debate coach for KIPP WAYS Academy. Her educational volunteer efforts in Atlanta also include extensive work with the Atlanta Urban Debate League, and she has also participated in the Freedom Writers program at Booker T. Washington High School and Everybody Wins! at Hope-Hill Elementary. Lauren also served on the board of Central CSI, the non-profit arm
of her childhood church in Vine City. She has also participated as a student, teacher, coach, and administrator in urban debate leagues around the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, New York, and Providence. Lauren has been an active participant with LEAD Atlanta as an alumni volunteer since she was a participant in the 2015 class. She has also held several leadership roles with the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition subsequent to being a member of the 2013 Project Understanding class. Lauren lives in Atlanta with her husband Jonathan, their 2 year old twins, and their dog Shiva.

Max Montrose
Max Montrose
President & Founder - Trichome Institute
Richard Carlton
Richard Carlton
Principal Consultant - Coping Skills for Legal Professionals
Shahnam Sharareh
Shahnam Sharareh
Patent Attorney - Fox Rothschild
Jon Cousin
Jon Cousin
Associate - Cooley LLP
Travis Bliss
Travis Bliss
Partner, Panitch, Schwarze - Belisario, & Nade
David Mann
David Mann
Northern California Consultant - The Other Bar
Scheril Murray Powell
Scheril Murray Powell
Senior Partner - Scheril Murray Powell P.A.
Marcelo Pomeranz
Marcelo Pomeranz
Associate - Cooley
Steve Fox
Steve Fox
President, VS Strategies - Vicente Sederberg
David Mangone
David Mangone
Director of Policy - The Liaison Group
Steph Sherer
Steph Sherer
Executive Director - Americans for Safe Access
David Wenger
David Wenger
General Counsel & Chief Strategy Officer - Asia Horizon
Eveline van Keymeulen
Eveline van Keymeulen
Head of Life Science Regulatory Practice - Allen & Overy
Bob Hoban
Bob Hoban
Founder & President - Hoban Law Group
Tami Wahl
Tami Wahl
Government Affairs Advisor - Public Policy
Rob Bonta
Rob Bonta
AssemblyMember - State of California
Shanita Penny
Shanita Penny
Founder & CEO - Budding Solutions
Courtney Moran
Courtney Moran
Cannabis Counselor and Attorney at Law - EARTH Law LLC
Nicole Grimm
Nicole Grimm
IP Attorney - McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
Jennifer Briggs Fisher
Jennifer Briggs Fisher
Partner - Goodwin
Michael Bronstein
Michael Bronstein
Co-Founder & Lead Consultant - ATACH
Carlos Malacara
Carlos Malacara
Trademarks & Litigation Attorney - Panamericana De Patentes Y Marcas

Carlos Allan Malacara is a senior associate at “Panamericana de Patentes y Marcas” (Mexico) and has been closely following Mexico’s progress towards the authorization of medical and recreational use of cannabis, which started around 4 years ago. He is well versed in the legal aspects that revolve around the plant’s legality and regulation in the country.

His practice began in 2009 and focuses on Intellectual Property, with expertise in the automotive, chemical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, fashion, gaming, sports and technology industries, providing strategic trademark counselling to domestic and international clients including pre-filing stages, trademark clearance and classification of goods / services, specializing in prosecution, enforcement, litigation and dispute resolution proceedings.

Mr. Malacara co-launched last year the cannabis Law practice at “Panamericana de Patentes y Marcas” to support the needs of the industry in Mexico.

Education: Law degree (2010); postgraduate degree in Intellectual and Industrial Property (2014); Master’s Degree in New Technologies, Copyright and IP (2020).

He is an active member of the AMPPI’s (Mexican Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) regulatory law, trademark and litigation committees.

Erin Alexander
Erin Alexander
Associate General Counsel - Cresco Labs
Steven Hawkins
Steven Hawkins
Executive Director - Marijuana Policy Project
Lauren Rudick
Lauren Rudick
Partner - Hiller PC
Andrea Steel
Andrea Steel
Director - Coats Rose
Cat Packer
Cat Packer
Executive Director - Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation
Ethan Nadelmann
Ethan Nadelmann
Founder & Former Executive Director - Drug Policy Alliance
David Ruskin
David Ruskin
Partner - Horwood, Marcus & Berk
Chelsie Spencer
Chelsie Spencer
Principal Cannabis & Hemp Attorney - Ritter Spencer
Kai-Friedrich Niermann
Kai-Friedrich Niermann
Lawyer - KFN+
Nicholas Vita
Nicholas Vita
CEO - Columbia Care
Jeremy Unruh
Jeremy Unruh
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer - PharmaCannis
Regina Unegovsky
Regina Unegovsky
Senior Attorney - Regal Tax & Law Group
Shaleen Title
Shaleen Title
Commissioner - Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
Kim Simms
Kim Simms
Board Member - San Diego Leadership Alliance
Marisa Rodriguez
Marisa Rodriguez
Director - Office of Cannabis, City & County of San Francisco
Tahira Rehmatullah
Tahira Rehmatullah
President - T3 Ventures
Sara Presler
Sara Presler
Attorney & Consultant - Presler Consulting LLC
Maritza Perez
Maritza Perez
Director - Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
Emily Paxhia
Emily Paxhia
Managing Director - Poseidon Asset Management
Yvette McDowell
Yvette McDowell
Founder - Ultimate Life Transformation
Amy McDougal
Amy McDougal
President & CEO - CLEAResources LLC
Roz McCarthy
Roz McCarthy
Founder/CEO - Minorities for Medical Marijuana
Chanda Macias
Chanda Macias
CEO - Ilera Holistic
Matthew Leeth
Matthew Leeth
VP - Legal Affairs, Jushi Holdings
Matthew Kittay
Matthew Kittay
Partner - National Co-Chair M&A Team, Fox Rothschild
Rod Kight
Rod Kight
Attorney - Kight Law
Wanda James
Wanda James
Co-Founder & CEO - Simply Pure
Toi Hutchinson
Toi Hutchinson
Senior Advisor for Cannabis Control - State of Illinois

Toi Hutchinson served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 to 2019. During her time in the Senate, Hutchinson championed a variety of causes including protecting women and children from violence, modernizing the state’s tax structure, and legalizing cannabis. Prior to leaving the Senate, she served as the 46th president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Toi is an original co-sponsor of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), the most equity-centric law in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis. The CRTA promotes equity and invests in the communities that suffered through the war on drugs, serving as a model for the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. In 2019, former Senator Hutchinson was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker as the Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control.

Toi earned a Bachelor of English degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law. She resides in Olympia Fields with her husband, with whom she shares three adult children.

John Hudak
John Hudak
Senior Fellow & Deputy Director - The Brookings Institution
Nanette Heide
Nanette Heide
Partner - Duane Morris
Shawn Hauser
Shawn Hauser
Partner - Chair of the Hemp and Cannabinoids Practice Group, Vicente Sederberg
Garrett Graff
Garrett Graff
Managing Attorney - Hoban Law Group
Samantha Gleit
Samantha Gleit
Partner - Feuerstein Kulick LLP
Shay Aaron Gilmore
Shay Aaron Gilmore
Attorney - The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore
Shay Aaron Gilmore practices business and corporate law in San Francisco, California, where he provides advice and counsel exclusively to cannabis operators and ancillary businesses on corporate transactions and governance, commercial contracts, and regulatory and compliance matters across the legal cannabis supply chain. Shay currently serves as an INCBA Board of Directors Member and as the INCBA Board Vice President for Operations. In 2018, Shay co-founded the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section and formed a group of pro bono lawyers to provide free legal services to verified equity individuals under San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program. Shay is a member of the California Cannabis Industry Association’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity Committee. In 2020, Shay was named a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business and Corporate Law by SuperLawyers Magazine.
David Feldman
David Feldman
Partner - Hiller PC
Margeaux Bruner
Margeaux Bruner
Director - Compliance & Diversity, Red, White & Bloom
Bill Bogot
Bill Bogot
Partner - Fox Rothschild
Mikelina Belaineh
Mikelina Belaineh
Director - Criminal Justice Law & Policy, Last Prisoner Project
Fatima Afia
Fatima Afia
Associate - Hiller PC
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