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954.333.4357 | email@example.com Greenspoon Marder Announces National Expansion of its Regulated Industries Practice to Include Cannabis Law and Opening of Offices in Las Vegas, Denver and San Diego
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – June 6, 2016 – The law firm of Greenspoon Marder is pleased to announce the opening of new offices in Las Vegas, Denver, and San Diego – three cities in regions that are central to the advancements, legalization and regulation of cannabis including medical marijuana, hemp, and Cannabidiol (CBD).
Greenspoon Marder maintains a national corporate practice in highly-regulated industries such as healthcare, alcohol, firearms and tobacco, which positions the firm to expand these existing practice areas to include a national Cannabis Law practice focused on representing investors, private equity funds, public companies, health care providers, growers, processors and retailers navigate complex and evolving regulations governing the cannabis sector. The Firm also intends to implement a rigorous compliance program for its clients, including educational and safety initiatives which are necessary as the industry matures.
Greenspoon Marder’s substantial expertise in representing clients in regulated industries will allow it to be one of the first firms of its size with a dedicated team of attorneys servicing the $5.4 billion legalized, medicinal cannabis market. Twenty-five states and Washington, D.C. have currently legalized cannabis and medical marijuana in some form, and several states have cannabis bills pending legislative approval.
“We recognize the evolving needs of the cannabis business community and aim to service clients on a national level,” commented Gerald Greenspoon, Co-Managing Director of Greenspoon Marder. “Our firm plans to continue to extend our presence and open additional offices in states that are likely to play a key role in shaping the cannabis industry.”
As a cornerstone of Greenspoon Marder’s expansion, the firm welcomes five new attorneys; each will play a critical role in the growth of the new practice areas and new offices.
Rachel K. Gillette joined the firm as a Shareholder and the founding member of the Denver office, and Lance Rogers has joined the firm as a Shareholder to found the San Diego office. As recognized authorities on cannabis law in the United States, Gillette and Rogers will spearhead the launch and growth of the firm’s Cannabis Law practice.
Gillette’s areas of practice include marijuana/cannabis business licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, civil litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. Gillette has vast experience in the cannabis and hemp industries, having represented state and locally licensed marijuana and hemp businesses in Colorado since 2010.
Rogers handles a wide array of matters related to cannabis in both his litigation and corporate practices including civil rights, asset forfeiture, land use, business disputes and municipal zoning challenges. He has represented many of the country’s leading cannabis retailers, manufacturers and agriculture companies. Rogers obtained the first dispensary license in Southern California through the County of San Diego in 2011 and continues to assist clients in securing commercial cannabis licenses in San Diego and throughout California.
Additionally, the firm welcomes
Phillip Silvestri, Neal Gidvani and Vincent Aiello to its new Las Vegas office. Silvestri and Gidvani represent creditors in complex default-related litigation, bankruptcy, and foreclosure matters, as well as work with state and local officials in representing clients in the cannabis sector and other highly regulated industries. Aiello’s practice encompasses business succession and asset protection planning, employment law, fiduciary litigation, and real and intellectual property development. Aiello also handles complex commercial real estate transactions, land development, land use, planning & zoning matters including time-share projects and multi-family residential acquisitions.
The attorneys will join current firm shareholder
Amy Sances, a prominent member of the firm’s Resort & Hospitality Practice, in the new Las Vegas office. Together with Messrs. Silvestri, Gidvani and Aiello, Ms. Sances will work to expand the firm’s core capabilities in real estate, hospitality, gaming and alcohol beverage law into the West.
About Greenspoon Marder
Greenspoon Marder is a national full-service business law firm with 240 attorneys and 26 locations across the United States. We are ranked amongst
American Lawyer’s Am Law 200, as one of the top law firms in the U.S. since 2015. Since our inception in 1981, our firm has been committed to providing excellent client service through our cross-disciplinary, client-team approach. Our mission is to understand the challenges that our clients face, build collaborative relationships, and craft creative solutions designed and executed with long-term strategic goals in mind. We serve Fortune 500, middle-market public and private companies, start-ups, emerging businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs nationwide.
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