Justin Swanson

The Cannabis Practice Group is a multidisciplinary team of professionals at the forefront of the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.  We know government, the law and political realities, and we effectively leverage this knowledge to ensure our clients meet their individual goals. 

Our comprehensive, real-world experience means we quickly assess and effectively navigate the developing laws and regulations in the national and international cannabis industry. We appreciate the fact that every legal and business situation is unique, even more so in the cannabis industry, so we provide practical insight and customized solutions to ensure our client’s meet their goals.


  • Entity Formation
  • Document financing
  • Intellectual property; including trademarks and patents, and licensing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Partnerships and operating agreements
  • Private equity
  • Tax and tax incentives

Government Relations

  • Federal, state and local lobbying and advocacy
  • Guidance on federal, state and local laws
  • Regulation updates
  • Strategic communications

Labor and Employment

  • Employee policies and handbooks
  • Drafting and enforcing employment, non-compete, trade secret and severance agreements
  • Avoiding and defending discrimination, wrongful discharge and other employment-related charges and lawsuit
  • Representing clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies such as the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, OFCCP, OSHA and ICRC
  • Advising on laws and regulations affecting employers, including affirmative action, wage / hour compliance, unemployment and compensation and military leave requirements
  • Counseling clients on disciplinary issues, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Management training
  • National Labor Relations Board


  • General corporate disputes
  • Intellectual property; including trademark and patent infringement
  • Labor and employment disputes
  • Licensing

Real Estate

  • Environmental concerns; including Brownfields
  • Financing
  • Leasing
  • Zoning
  • Property tax abatements

Regulatory and Licensing

  • Licensure to grow and process hemp
  • Licensure to transport hemp
  • Licensure to manufacture Low THC Hemp products
  • Ongoing compliance with federal, state and local regulations
  • Compliance requirements for financial institutions


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