The International Cannabis Bar Association
March 11, 2021 @ 11 am PST
As the global cannabis industry continues to grow, the frequency and scope of litigation and regulatory challenges increases. Join our litigators as we discuss considerations for cannabis litigation from pre-filing to trial, including issues such as forum and challenge bases. Our panelists will also discuss the top cannabis cases to watch in 2021.
Our Host: Shane Pennington of Yetter Coleman LLP
Shane has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as “One to Watch”and Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers said he is an Appellate Law “Texas Rising Star”.
Shane’s practice is focused on appeals and regulatory litigation for clients in a diverse array of industries, including energy, shipping, aviation, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Recent matters have involved challenges to federal agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act, preemption issues under the Airline Deregulation Act, and EPA rule-making challenges under the Clean Air Act. Drawing upon his experience as a former law clerk to judges on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Shane’s unique insights can also assist clients that may be evaluating potential or pending cases involving complex regulatory issues.
Moderator: Michael Hiller of Hiller, PC
Michael oversees Hiller, PC’s National Cannabis Practice. In 2018, he was named America’s 420 Advocate of the Year by Canna-Gather, received the International Hope Award by the Cannabis Business Association, and was named one of the 30 Most Powerful Cannabis Litigators in America by Mg Retailer Magazine. Michael has been named a SuperLawyer by SuperLawyer Magazine every year since 2010, and served as lead counsel in the legalization lawsuit and appeal, Washington v. Barr — a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and ultimately received the support of 19 nationally-recognized organizations and seven members of Congress. A retired member of the faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a Professor of Constitutional Law, Michael is a fierce advocate and widely recognized leader in the cannabis space. In addition to his cannabis law work, Michael has received the Grassroots Preservation Award for his preservation of city, state and federal landmarks; has been named a Life Member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums for his successful trial work; and is a designated Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court. Before his admission to the Bar, Michael was a professional musician, and an artist-in-residence at NYC’s legendary The Bitter End
Speaker: Chelsie Spencer of Ritter Spencer PLLC
Chelsie was dubbed the “rare friendly face in the midst of a cutthroat CBD hurricane, the person you want on speed dial when things turn sour” by Forbes Magazine.
Chelsie is a founding member of Ritter Spencer PLLC. She practices in the areas of medical marijuana and hemp and represents clients across those industries for their business law and compliance needs. Chelsie represents all facets of the cannabis and hemp industries, including dispensaries, growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, and more.
In addition to representing business owners in a highly regulated industry with complex transactions and issues in these highly regulated industries, she also writes, speaks, and presents on these topics at conferences and forums across the United States.
Speaker: Ari Gerstkin of Akerman LLP
Ari was recognized in 2018 by the National Law Journal as one of the country’s “Cannabis Law Trailblazers” and in 2019 by the Daily Business Review as a “Florida Trailblazer.”
Ari is experienced in litigating issues arising under state cannabis laws, including challenges to state licensing laws and appeals of licensing decisions. Additionally, Ari counsels clients seeking to apply for, purchase, and sell cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensing licenses and advises investors and industry participants regarding diligence and compliance matters.
Ari H. Gerstin concentrates his practice on complex litigation, class actions, and regulatory matters.
He often speaks on cannabis law-related topics at industry events and seminars.
See you there!