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Chief Legal Officer
Mr. Moyer serves as Vice President of Business Development at Curaleaf, and is responsible for a variety of activities meant to generate growth, including license applications, M&A, and JV relationships. Before joining Curaleaf in August 2020, Mr. Moyer held the positions of Vice President of Legal and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Grassroots Cannabis where he headed Grassroots’ legal, compliance, and new market teams during a multi-year period in which Grassroots grew from 100 to 1400 employees, growing into the largest privately held cannabis company in the United States. Curaleaf recently purchased Grassroots for roughly $875mm and the resulting combination has made Curaleaf the largest cannabis company in the world.
Mr. Moyer’s experience as both an experienced executive and corporate/regulatory attorney has enabled him to deftly navigate the increasingly complex world of legal cannabis in the United States. Prior to entering the world of corporate cannabis, Mr. Moyer worked at the international law firm Vedder Price P.C. in its Chambers-ranked Investment Services practice group.
Mr. Moyer also currently serves on various non-profit committees and task forces, including with Growing Home and the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp.
D.B. McCracken Law, LLC dba Dogwood Advisors
Eden Enterprises, Inc.
Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer
Pamela has made a name for herself as one of the cannabis industry’s most respected, prominent, innovative female leaders and featured industry speaker. She serves as the General Counsel, Chief Regulatory & Licensing Officer for Eden Enterprises a vertically integrated company.
Epstein has used her extensive background in environmental law with an emphasis on regulatory compliance to help implement Eden’s novel “Compassion Over Destruction” initiative. In Epstein’s previous role with Green Wise she was known as a fearless advocate for cannabis businesses of all sizes across the supply chain. She successfully guided them through the ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape. Her passion and sense of duty to the community is unparalleled. Epstein also served as the Special City Attorney for cannabis regulation for the City of Hollister and is currently the Co-Chair of CCIA's Special Events & Social Consumption Committee, where she is working to update cannabis events regulations.
Marc Hauser is a member of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, vice chair of the firm’s cannabis law team and one of the country’s leading cannabis attorneys. His two decades of experience advising clients and colleagues on billions of dollars of business transactions, both working in-house and at law firms, allow him to provide a macro, business-focused perspective to this fast-growing industry. Marc works closely with clients to balance risks and maximize optionality in a complex regulatory environment. His deep and broad base of connections throughout the cannabis (non-hemp and hemp) industry gives him access to an extensive knowledge base and skill set, benefitting clients and relationships. Marc dedicates his entire practice to the cannabis industry. His current clients include public and private single- and multi-state operators, market-leading ancillary businesses, real estate investment trusts, investment banks and other financial services providers, private equity funds and other investors, testing labs, cultivators, processors, and entrepreneurs. Marc also works closely across practice groups throughout the firm to provide counsel on the unique aspects of doing business with the cannabis industry. In addition, he provides perspectives on the cannabis industry through speaking engagements, being frequently quoted in trade and business publications, and his periodic newsletter, Cannabis Musings, which has delivered his unique take on industry activities since 2018. After starting out practicing corporate law, securities law, and capital markets finance, Marc joined Equity Group Investments (EGI), a private investment company founded by Sam Zell. As associate general counsel at EGI for over 15 years, Marc advised on billions of dollars of complex investment and acquisition transactions across industries and asset classes. Marc’s transactional experience covers a broad range of industries and asset classes, including private equity and venture financings, acquisitions and dispositions, governance, restructurings and workouts, debt financings, real estate transactions (including acquisitions, financings, and leasing), and complex tax structuring. Marc received both his B.A. and J.D. from Northwestern University.
Josh Kappel is a founding partner of Vicente Sederberg specializing in risk assessment for
multinational corporations and financial transactions in the highly regulated cannabis industry. He also routinely provides advice to patients, caregivers, and businesses about cannabis, licensing, regulatory compliance, general business and transactional law, and the intersection of state and federal law. Recently Josh has focused his time on the two largest cannabis markets in the world: California and Canada.
Nuka Enterprises, LLC
Chief Legal Officer
Shabnam Malek has a broad practice but takes greatest pleasure in advising clients on how best to grow, navigate risk, resolve disputes, and how to think creatively in balancing business needs and legal concerns. Shabnam is recognized as an expert in the field of cannabis intellectual property and clients and colleagues seek her out for her expertise in addressing particularly thorny and novel legal issues. She’s a creative thinker looking for solutions that help her clients succeed. Shabnam truly enjoys the role of counselor to start-ups, woman-owned companies, large, global companies as well individuals.
Shabnam is a co-founder and the founding President of the International Cannabis Bar Association. Today, INCBA boasts a membership base of over 700 individual attorney members and a strong international presence. She currently sits on the governing board of INCBA and helps plan the educational curriculum of the organization with a focus on INCBA’s flagship event, the Cannabis Law Institute. Shabnam is also the Chair of the PLI Cannabis Business Law program and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Shabnam recently joined the editorial board of Law360’s Cannabis Editorial Advisory Board.
In addition to serving the business community, Shabnam developed a robust pro bono practice representing imprisoned women before the California Board of Parole Hearings as well as representing houseless San Francisco residents through the Coalition on Homelessness.
Shabnam regularly speaks and writes on the topics of trademarks, brand expansion, regulated industries such as cannabis and hemp, and the role of women in creating change. Her professional affiliations include holding a seat on the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association and a committee role with the International Trademark Association. She is an active member of the California Lawyers' Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Queen’s Bench, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Shabnam was named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine.
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