Business Law – Formation 301- Business entity litigation for cannabis businesses
This webinar will go over internal litigation within business entities in the cannabis industry. Topics will include common types of litigation (minority/majority shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, etc.), steps for evaluating a potential litigation case, unique considerations for cannabis entities in internal dispute litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and settlement considerations.
Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish (www.sarahleegossettparrish.com) is a third-generation attorney who maintains a cannabis business law practice in Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado (single client). Sarah Lee represents dispensaries, growers, processors, and ancillary businesses. The National Law Journal named Sarah Lee one of its 2019 Cannabis Trailblazers, and she has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s™ highest AV™ rating for both peer and judicial review of attorneys. She was voted The Journal Record’s 2020 Readers Choice Award for the Top Cannabis Business Law Firm in the State of Oklahoma. Sarah Lee is a member of Lawyers of Distinction recognizing Excellence in Cannabis Law, the American Bar Association, International Cannabis Bar Association, National Cannabis Industry Association, NORML, the Oklahoma Cannabis Industry Association, and Oklahoma Women Cann. She is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She received her B.A. in Letters from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with the Silver Leitzeiser Award for Outstanding Senior, Phi Beta Kappa, and Summa Cum Laude. While chairing the Oklahoma Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, Sarah Lee was instrumental in starting the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
Dean Richardson is a trial lawyer at Moye White LLP in Denver, Colorado, with extensive litigation experience representing a variety of clients in cannabis, shareholder, commercial, trade secret, real estate and franchise disputes. Currently, Dean's primary focus is on assisting cannabis clients with business disputes. In 2018, Dean was named to The National Law Journal's inaugural list of 39 Cannabis Trailblazers. He is well versed in all phases of litigation, including negotiation, due diligence, pleadings, discovery, motions, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Prior to private practice, Dean interned at the appellate court level (Colorado Supreme Court) and clerked for two different trial courts (Colorado District Court; Maryland Circuit Court). He received his B.B.A. degree (Finance) from The George Washington University where he was a scholarship athlete on the Men's Swimming Team. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law where he graduated with the highest academic distinction, Order of Saint Ives. Mr. Richardson is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Maryland and the District of Columbia (as well as numerous federal jurisdictions throughout the country). He was selected as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyer Magazine and 5280 Magazine four consecutive years (2012-2016), is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell (their highest ranking), and was selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer (2020-2021). Dean is also an advocate for local economies, local food (and farmers), and live music.
Bryna advises cannabis companies of all sizes, from startups to stars in the industry. Clients rely on her practical, real-world approach to navigating the industry’s complex and contradictory laws and regulations. Bryna’s clients range from growers, distributors, product manufacturers and ancillary businesses to traditional companies who work with and are impacted by cannabis laws. She advises on issues of regulatory compliance; risk avoidance; company formation; contracts and licensing; corporate transactions; advertising and product packaging; and brand strategy and intellectual property protection. She also performs legal due diligence for investors in the cannabis space and guides hemp, health and beauty brand clients in navigating CBD and FDA laws.
Bryna is also a skilled trial lawyer who has represented clients in an array of high-profile, “bet the company” cases in both trial and appellate court. Past representations include prominent food, pharmaceutical, entertainment, advertising, technology and consumer product companies. Bryna’s desire to play a small part in helping to correct the social injustices resulting from the war on drugs, combined with her significant branding, food and drug law experience, led her to form a legal practice catering to the cannabis industry in 2015. She serves as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she taught Illinois’ first law course on cannabis law and policy, has lectured around the country on cannabis law, and serves as pro bono counsel to Chicago NORML. Bryna has been recognized by the National Law Journal as a “40 under 40” in Chicago and has been a “Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star” since 2010.
Phillip Neiman, Esq., FCIArb is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, specializing in the resolution of complex business and commercial disputes. He devotes much of his practice to securities and investment-related cases, including shareholder, partnership and M&A disputes, and has substantial experience resolving employment, insurance, intellectual property, professional liability and privacy tort cases. His subspecialties
include cryptocurrency and cannabis sector disputes. Prior to establishing his ADR practice in 2004, Mr. Neiman spent a decade as CEO and General Counsel of a FINRA-registered investment bank. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), a J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Based
in San Francisco, Mr. Neiman hears cases nationwide.
Tom represents growing businesses at each stage of their development, and is regularly asked to serve as outside general counsel for his clients. In that role, Tom advises his clients with respect to innumerable legal issues, including regulatory compliance, corporate governance, contract negotiations, risk management, litigation and other day-to-day business issues. He often works with his clients to overcome short-term regulatory and financial uncertainty to achieve long-term success in developing markets. As a result, Tom is one of the most sought after attorneys serving the Ohio and national cannabis industry, in which he represents licensed operators in medical and adult use markets, ancillary service providers, and companies operating in the hemp industry. As a former nominee for the State Senate, Tom also knows how important it is to build consensus at the local and State level to further clients' interests. He is an avid contributor to various local and national media outlets and often shares his expertise by speaking at industry conferences and events. Tom regularly provides pro bono litigation services to indigent clients, as well as clients facing defamation claims based on constitutionally-protected online speech.