Practice Areas

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Licensing and Regulatory

  • Licenses to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, or sell marijuana and hemp and hemp cannabinoids

  • Federal, state, and local risk assessments & strategies 

  • Administrative action defense 

  • Compliance guidance

  • FDA labeling guidance and marketing requirements.

  • State by state advertising and operating strategy for compliance with state law and local regulation 

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Litigation

  • State and federal civil lawsuits, such as breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, partnership/shareholder disputes

  • Product liability and recall 

  • Trademark and patent infringement

  • Employment claims 

  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution 

  • Challenges to state regulatory programs

  • Appeals

  • Amicus Curiae briefs

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Corporate

  • Corporate formation and structure 

  • State residency requirement strategies 

  • Comprehensive contracts 

  • Partnership and operating agreements 

  • Due diligence 

  • Real estate 

Intellectual Propert

  • Trademark and patent enforcement 

  • Licensing agreements 

  • Trade secrets and proprietary information protection 

  • Marketing and branding 

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Insurance

  • Analysis to acquire appropriate insurance policies for marijuana, hemp and ancillary services businesses 

  • Negotiation with Insurers over policy exclusions and endorsements 

  • Risk distribution and shifting to optimize coverage 

  • Negotiation and settlement of insurance claims 

  • Disputes against insurers for denied, underpaid, and late claims 

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Employment

  • Employment issues related to cannabis legalization

  • Guidance in hiring and firing 

  • Employee handbooks  

  • Employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, consulting contracts, and professional services agreements

  • Employee training 

  • Nondisclosure, nonsolicitation, and noncompete agreements 

  • Negotiation of employment related disputes 

  • Representation in employment related litigation  

  • Discharge related settlements

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Banking

  • Perform legal analysis

  • Advise regarding contracts, disclaimers and limitations of liabilities, and risk shifting provisions

  • Education regarding FinCEN guidance, anti-money laundering, RICO, Bank Secrecy Act, and Patriot Act compliance

  • Acquisition of banking services  

  • Representation in litigation  

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Outside General Counsel

  • Long term relationship with in depth knowledge of your specific goals and challenges

  • Cost effective ongoing representation and availability 

  • Daily business and operational consultation  

  • Ongoing risk mitigation and preventative measures 

  • Consistent and reliable contract and negotiation services 

  • Connections with attorneys in other jurisdictions and specialties  

  • On demand tailor made service at a monthly flat rate

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Psychedelics 

  • Research program compliance

  • Policy initiatives

  • Legislative advocacy

  • All manner of regulatory compliance and corporate representation

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Criminal Law

Have you been arrested or detained? 

Many people are not aware that a vape pen or an edible puts you into felony territory, and in much of Texas, you will be arrested and/or charged with felony, and if you have a quantity of it, including at a store, you will be charged with felony marijuana distribution.  

I work closely with trusted criminal lawyers to assist in explaining the new hemp laws to prosecutors. Believe it or not, not everyone is on board!

 

I can help find you an attorney should you find yourself in such a situation.  

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Mediation & Arbitration

  • Mediation is a procedure in which the parties discuss their disputes with the assistance of a trained impartial third person who assists them in reaching a settlement. It may be an informal meeting among the parties or a scheduled settlement conference. The end goal is to settle the dispute out of court; without litigation  

  • Certified mediator and arbitrator by University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution 

  • Flexible and efficient conflict resolution  

  • Preparation for and representation in mediation 

  • Perform mediations and arbitrations tailored to all varieties of commercial disputes between cannabis companies and individuals.

  • Unique combination of 25 years trial experience and 7 years of marijuana and hemp regulatory experience in 10+ states 

  • Settlement recommendations 

  • Lawsuit analysis​

Click here for service tailored toward alternative dispute resolution.

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Lisa@Pittman.Legal

www.Pittman.Legal

512-775-5308 (cell)

512-900-6310 (office)

PO. Box 164294

Austin TX, 78746