Guiding You Through the Establishment & Growth of Your Cannabis Business

Don’t think of us as cannabis attorneys; think of us as skilled business and litigation attorneys that have the necessary knowledge and experience within the cannabis industry to help you reach your goals. Moye White can provide you with the legal guidance necessary to grow your business, whether you’re a startup, a multi-state operator, or a multinational corporation

Our attorneys collaborate to provide proactive and integrated strategies in all aspects of business operations, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, intellectual property, tax, and regulatory matters for marijuana and hemp businesses across the country, no matter the size of your operation.

When it comes to marijuana and hemp, it’s more than just an industry. We know that the passion and dedication that you have put towards your business is everything. At Moye White, we use that same passion and dedication to provide effective business solutions that lead to smart growth.

Corporate/Business Service Offerings

Moye White covers a broad range of areas within cannabis law, serving as a one-stop-shop for your business’s legal needs, including, but not limited to: 

  • Business formation and structuring
  • USDA, FDA, and FTC compliance, including labeling
  • Affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate transactions
  • Federal, state, and local regulatory compliance
  • Private placements, public securities offerings, and lending transactions
  • Intellectual property counseling and trademark applications
  • Executive compensation structuring and employee benefits
  • Cross-jurisdictional considerations from the local to the international levels
  • Supply chain considerations
  • Risk-mitigation and management
  • ESG/sustainability: environmental, social, and corporate governance policies and procedures
  • International expansion
  • Government and policymaking counsel
  • State and federal legislative and policy advocacy

Our goal is to keep you out of the courtroom; however, when business disputes arise, you need experienced trial lawyers who know your business. As a leader in cannabis law, we have years of extensive experience negotiating shareholder and member disputes, breach of contract or fiduciary duties, and more. Navigating any business dispute can be complicated enough; having a team of litigators with cannabis experience is what you need to earn a favorable result.

Litigation Service Offerings

Running a business in the cannabis industry can have its challenges. At Moye White, we can help you with the following cannabis disputes or litigation matters:

  • Receiverships;
  • Membership/partnership disputes;
  • Cannabis securities litigation;
  • Commercial cannabis license disputes;
  • Lender litigation;
  • Land use and entitlement disputes; and
  • Employment disputes.

Marijuana Regulatory Issues

Finding success in an industry as complex as marijuana requires reliable, consistent legal support with a diverse portfolio to back it, which is precisely what Moye White provides. Our team has successfully assisted clients in securing merit-based licenses in several states, along with non-merit-based applications, and is well-experienced in navigating the many regulatory hurdles. As the cannabis industry grows and evolves, assisting clients in implementing a multi-state strategy is becoming increasingly important. Our team regularly assists clients through every step of the process, including forming a strong and effective plan for financing and valuation, applying for necessary licenses in a prepared and comprehensive manner, successfully operating a profitable and compliant business, managing risks, and more.

Hemp Regulatory Issues

Moye White understands and appreciates the changing nature of hemp legislation and the tremendous growth of the industry. We provide practical counsel in all aspects of our client’s business lifecycle, ranging from state and local regulatory, licensing and labeling compliance, customs import/export issues to federal (FDA and FTC) regulatory consideration, and more. Our team’s institutional understanding and depth of experience will help ensure regulatory compliance while also helping you navigate and succeed in a complex emerging industry.

You Know Your Business, We Know the Law

Although marijuana and hemp have their similarities, our attorneys at Moye White have a full understanding that each of them carries its own unique set of rules, laws, and regulations. From farm to table, whether you’re a cultivator, processor, product manufacturer, brand, or retailer/dispensary, turn to Moye White for thoughtful, creative, and strategic guidance.

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In its 2021 and 2022 guides, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers and Partners ranked Moye White as a leading cannabis law firm in the United States.

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Patrick Akers

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigation

J. David Arkell

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigationAdvanced Energy

Evelyn A. Ashley

Vice-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateEmploymentFinance and SecuritiesIntellectual PropertyInternational Transactions and Dispute ResolutionMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesSoftware and Technology

Jack W. Berryhill

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Allen N. Bradley

Attorney

Business and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesTaxTrusts and EstatesAdvanced EnergySoftware and TechnologySustainability

Caleena S. Braig

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentLitigation

James R. Cage

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentIntellectual PropertyLitigationFinancial ServicesInsurance

Vikrama S. Chandrashekar

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigationAdvanced EnergyBrewing and DistillingMedia and Entertainment

Frederic K. “Jerry” Conover

Of Counsel

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Amy M. DeColibus

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingConstructionMergers and AcquisitionsReal Estate

Rebecca B. DeCook

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigationPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalAdvanced EnergyCommunications

Matt Dillman

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Bobby W. Dishell

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal EstateAdvanced EnergyCannabisSustainability

Tom Dolphin

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Keely C. Downs

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingMultifamily, Planned Communities, Condos, and HousingReal EstateAdvanced EnergySustainability

Georginne Dudash

Attorney

Real Estate

Andrew T. Flynn

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentIntellectual PropertyLitigationReal EstateInsurance

Paul R. Franke, III

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesLitigationPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalReal EstateCommunicationsFinancial Services

Heidi J. Gassman

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingConstructionReal EstateTrusts and Estates

Rebecca B. Givens

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingConstructionPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesReal Estate

Steven J. Gockley

Attorney

ConstructionReal Estate

Garrett Graff

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and BeverageManufacturingCannabis

Charles Greenhouse

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigationReal Estate

Scott P. Greiner, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateTaxTrusts and Estates

Arthur K. Griffin

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal EstateBrewing and Distilling

Lynne M. Hanson

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalFinancial ServicesFood and Beverage

Nick R. Herrick

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentLitigationInsurance

Allison M. Hester

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigation

Patrick J. Hickey

Attorney

EmploymentFinance and SecuritiesLitigationReal EstateAdvanced Energy

Karla Jaramillo

Attorney

LitigationCannabis

Chris Jensen

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingMultifamily, Planned Communities, Condos, and HousingReal EstateAdvanced Energy

William F. Jones

Attorney

Franchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyLitigationReal EstateTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFood and BeverageInsuranceManufacturing

Paul W. Jordan

Attorney

Law Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLitigationInsurance

Katie Kamenetsky

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Danielle M. Kane

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal EstateSustainability

David J. Katalinas

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateFood and Beverage

John W. Kellogg

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesAdvanced EnergyManufacturingBlockchain Technology

Craig J. Knobbe

Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

Ezra Kramer

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentFinance and SecuritiesIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesAdvanced EnergySoftware and TechnologyBlockchain TechnologySustainability

David A. Laird

Vice-Chair, Litigation Section

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingConstructionLitigationReal EstateFinancial Services

Jennifer Knight Lang

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationReal EstateInsurance

Brendan Leanos

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingFinance and SecuritiesMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalFinancial Services

Chris Levkulich

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsMultifamily, Planned Communities, Condos, and HousingReal EstateTaxTrusts and Estates

Eric B. Liebman

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsConstructionEmploymentFinance and SecuritiesLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLitigationReal EstateTrusts and EstatesAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesInsuranceCannabis

Thomas M. List

Attorney

Commercial Real Estate LeasingConstructionEmploymentLitigationReal Estate

Stephanie D. Loughner

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesReal Estate

Charles F. Luce, Jr.

Attorney

Intellectual PropertyLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilitySoftware and Technology

Joseph W. Mark

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBusiness and CorporateLitigation

Charles May

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertySoftware and Technology

Chris McCall

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentFinance and SecuritiesIntellectual PropertyLitigationCannabis

Courtney A. McShane

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Jason T. Moilanen

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

John E. Moye

1944 - 2022

Dean Nakayama

Chief Operating Officer

Edwin A. Naylor

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsManufacturing

Merc Pittinos

Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingLitigationReal Estate

Tasha J. Power

Attorney

Commercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Dean Richardson

Chair, Litigation Section

Franchise and DistributionLitigationReal EstateCannabis

Lucas T. Ritchie

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentFinance and SecuritiesGovernment Investigations and Enforcement ActionsLitigationPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesInsurance

Zaki Robbins

Attorney

Business and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalAdvanced Energy

Nikki Roberts

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal EstateFinancial Services

Amy H. Ruhl

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Christopher W. Scolari

Attorney

Trusts and EstatesAdvanced Energy

Erin L. Scott

Attorney

Litigation

Tanya A. Sevy

Attorney

Administrative LawConstructionEmploymentLitigation

Lorni Sharrow, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Trusts and Estates

Michael R. Siavage

Of Counsel

Business and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesSoftware and Technology

Jennifer L. Stenman

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingMultifamily, Planned Communities, Condos, and HousingReal Estate

Timothy M. Swanson

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingLitigationFinancial Services

AJ Tedeschi

Attorney

Business and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging Companies

Jake J. Tiernan

Vice-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal EstateBrewing and Distilling

Tanner J. Walls

Attorney

Administrative LawCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentEmploymentLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLitigationLaw Firms and Lawyers

Daniel C. Wennogle

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationReal Estate

Edward D. (Ted) White

Managing Partner

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBusiness and CorporateFinance and SecuritiesMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalPrivately Held and Emerging CompaniesReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesSustainability

Thomas Witt

Attorney

Commercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingReal Estate

Mark W. Yoder

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate DevelopmentCommercial Real Estate LeasingConstructionEmploymentFinance and SecuritiesMergers and AcquisitionsPrivate Equity and Venture CapitalReal EstateCannabis