Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
Khurshid Khoja is CEO of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, P.C. a business law firm he founded in 2012, which represents legal cannabis and psychedelics-related enterprises on regulatory and transactional matters. He’s participated in legislative and initiative drafting, stakeholder meetings, executive agency outreach, and rulemaking proceedings in connection with California’s cannabis laws and regulations, including Proposition 64 and the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), as well as the Minority Cannabis Business Association’s Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance.
Khurshid serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association, as the Co-chair of NCIA’s Policy Council. He has previously served on the Board of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and as Co-chair of its Policy Committee, as well as serving as a founding board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association and as its General Counsel.
Khurshid was profiled in The National Law Journal’s first ever Cannabis Law Trailblazers’ list in 2018, was awarded NCIA's Inaugural Steve Fox Excellence in Advocacy Award, and he’s been named to the annual Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list multiple times. He was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, has twice received Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Unsung Hero Award, and Arcview Investor Network’s Outstanding Member Award. His work has been profiled in Bruce Barcott’s book Weed the People, and his earliest days in California’s pre-regulated industry are chronicled in Doug Fine’s book Too High To Fail.
Moye White LLP
Dean Richardson is a trial lawyer at Moye White LLP in Denver, Colorado, with extensive litigation experience representing a variety of clients in cannabis, shareholder, commercial, trade secret, real estate and franchise disputes. Currently, Dean's primary focus is on assisting cannabis clients with business disputes. In 2018, Dean was named to The National Law Journal's inaugural list of 39 Cannabis Trailblazers. He is well versed in all phases of litigation, including negotiation, due diligence, pleadings, discovery, motions, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Prior to private practice, Dean interned at the appellate court level (Colorado Supreme Court) and clerked for two different trial courts (Colorado District Court; Maryland Circuit Court). He received his B.B.A. degree (Finance) from The George Washington University where he was a scholarship athlete on the Men's Swimming Team. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law where he graduated with the highest academic distinction, Order of Saint Ives. Mr. Richardson is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Maryland and the District of Columbia (as well as numerous federal jurisdictions throughout the country). He was selected as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyer Magazine and 5280 Magazine four consecutive years (2012-2016), is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell (their highest ranking), and was selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer (2020-2021). Dean is also an advocate for local economies, local food (and farmers), and live music.
Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana LLC
After practicing as a criminal lawyer for 7 years, I found an opportunity in the emerging medicinal cannabis industry in Puerto Rico, to which I have dedicated the last three years of my professional career.
I am a lecturer and advisor to the industry. Through this I’ve had the opportunity to train a large part of the members of the working class that makes up the medicinal cannabis industry in Puerto Rico.
Also, I have advised and obtained over 30 licenses of establishments for clients who have decided to enter fully into this new medicinal industry that takes place on the Island.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places like Holland, Colorado, California, Alaska, Washington and New York, where I’ve been able to compare different models of the industry. I constantly travel to train, and I already have over 15 certifications and more than 50 hours of continuing medical cannabis education.
Currently, I am the only lawyer in Puerto Rico with the certification of "Interpening" (level 1 and 2), better known as Cannabis Sommelier.
Carstens & Cahoon LLP
James R. Gourley practices primarily in the following areas:
Commercial Litigation, including Intellectual Property Litigation
Intellectual Property Prosecution
Mr. Gourley has prosecuted and obtained patents for clients in a wide range of technology fields, including:
Oil and gas production
Mobile electronics accessories
Pumps and compressors
He has also applied for and obtained federally registered trademarks for clients in many different industries. Mr. Gourley understands that intellectual property rights are among a company’s most valuable assets, and he has been successful in helping companies build strong intellectual property portfolios. He has also negotiated a variety of intellectual property licensing, development, and employment agreements, and provided intellectual property due diligence advice with respect to corporate merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Gourley has represented individual artists and filmmakers as parties to copyright infringement lawsuits in federal court. He has also represented start-up internet companies with a wide variety of copyright, trademark, and patent issues. He has also helped clients enforce and defend patent, trademark, and other commercial rights in court, including recently serving as lead defense counsel in the first ever patent infringement lawsuit in the field of cannabis formulation.
Mr. Gourley earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Southern Methodist University in 2005. Prior to law school, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. His undergraduate education exposed him to a wide range of technical courses, including high level organic and physical chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mechanics, electronics, and computer science, which gives him the unique ability to help companies protect technology in many different fields.
Mr. Gourley is a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He currently serves on the Board of the Dallas Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section. He is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, and he is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
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