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David Ruskin

David Ruskin

HMB Legal Counsel



David is a partner with the Chicago-based law firm, HMB Legal Counsel.  Following 25 years of litigating business and tax disputes, in 2016 David turned his full energy to focus on providing legal counsel to the cannabis industry, representing entrepreneurs, investors and business owners, both plant touching and ancillary trades.

David enjoys guiding clients through the life-cycle of cannabis operations, starting with the regulatory maze for state licensing of cannabis businesses followed by the myriad of general and regulatory counsel needs during the course of the company’s life, from start-up issues through sale events and the multitude of legal challenges in between. David has been successful in securing numerous licenses and cross-border agreements in various states for clients, with the help of his HMB Legal cannabis team.

Known as an excellent listener, David’s approach is efficient and focused on his client’s business goals. Ultimately, David’s biggest satisfaction comes from moving the cannabis industry forward, both through legal work and also making introductions within his wide network of cannabis business friends and colleagues. To that end, David co-founded CannaMatch in 2021, for the purpose of matching newly licensed growers, processors and retailers with the numerous industry service providers in an organized, efficient and confidential fashion. David’s other hours are spent active with the International Cannabis Bar Association, the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association and the Illinois Craft Cannabis Association…when not with his family, their golden-doodle Boyd, or enjoying live music.   


Practice Jurisdictions (For Attorney Member Directory Search)

  • United States (Federal Practice)
  • - Illinois (IL)

Practice Areas

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Administrative Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Formation and Organization
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions (Contracts)
  • Constitutional
  • Cybersecurity and Data Protection
  • Estate Planning
  • Ethics
  • Finance - Real Estate 
  • Fund Formation 
  • Hemp
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Licensing and Permitting
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Law


500 W. Madison, Suite 3700, Chicago, Illinois 60661, United States

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