Andrea Steel is a Director at Coats Rose and she also co-chairs the Firm’s Cannabis Business Law group. Under her leadership, the Cannabis Business Law group provides legal services to individuals and companies starting or expanding their cannabis businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and beyond. Andrea’s cannabis business clients come from across the supply chain spectrum from cultivators to retailers to ancillary businesses, where she advises on regulatory compliance, hemp/medical marijuana licensing, cannabis-related business issues, product labeling/marketing, policy-making participation, real estate issues and more. Andrea also represents clients in structuring and financing complex real estate transactions that often involve economic development incentives, tax credits and exemptions, and layering of highly regulated funding sources, including government grants and loans. She is also experienced with assisting clients navigate through the various state agency processes, including assistance with funding applications, appeals, and compliance issues.
Andrea joined Coats Rose in 2010 after clerking with the firm since 2009. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2009 and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2002. During her time at the University of Houston Law Center, she served as an Articles Editor for the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal and was a recipient of the Lex Award for Scholastic Excellence in Practice Skills. Andrea’s academic achievement also earned her a membership in the Order of the Barons Scholastic Honor Society. While earning her law degree, she served as an intern for Justice John S. Anderson of the 14th Court of Appeals, an extern for the Center for Children, Law, and Policy, and participated in the Law Center’s Civil Practice Clinic. Prior to becoming an attorney, Andrea’s professional experience was in the criminal justice field, where she supervised halfway house residents in Maryland and served as a parole and probation officer in both Washington, D.C. and Harris County, Texas.