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Hinman & Carmichael LLP


Trustly, Inc.

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Goodman Neuman Hamilton LLP


San Francisco,



Ad Astra Law Group, LLP

Managing Partner

Katy M. Young, Esq. MANAGING PARTNER, Ad Astra Law Group, LLP in San Francisco, CA 

Katy represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, real estate claims and intellectual 
property litigationwith a unique focus on matters for cannabis industry litigants. Katy is one of the most 
experienced cannabis-focused civil litigators in the country and has  been recognized by the Daily Journal 
for her work. She is passionate about the industry and enjoys the challenges inherent in litigating cases 
on the cutting edge, thereby shaping policy. Katy is graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law 
and University of the Pacific where she was a scholarship athlete. She has been named a Northern 
California Super Lawyer in 2022 and a Rising Star from 2014 through 2022. In 2018-2022, she was named 
to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 40 Under 40 Hot List.  She also served as the President of the InterNational 
Cannabis Bar Association for four years, and was recently nominated to join the Edward J McFetridge Inn 
of Court executive committee. Katy is active in other networking organizations including the ProVisors 
Cannabis Affinity Group, the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis section, and the California 
Lawyers Association Cannabis Working Group.

Ad Astra Law Group, LLP



Mediator & Arbitrator

Phillip Neiman, Esq., FCIArb is a mediator and arbitrator, specializing in the resolution of complex business and commercial disputes. He devotes much of his practice to securities and investment-related cases, including shareholder, partnership and M&A disputes, and has substantial experience resolving employment, insurance, intellectual property, professional liability and privacy tort cases. His subspecialties include fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrency and cannabis sector disputes. Prior to establishing his ADR practice in 2004, Mr. Neiman spent a decade as CEO and General Counsel of a FINRA-registered investment bank. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), a J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Neiman hears cases nationwide.  

San Francisco,





San Mateo,



Horst Legal Counsel, PC


STLG Law Firm

Founding Managing Counsel

Soody Tronson is a counsel, serial entrepreneur, inventor, and trusted advisor with over 25 years of interdisciplinary operational experience in innovation, technology, management, law, and advocacy in start-ups, Fortune 100 companies, and non-profits. Soody counsels domestic and international clients in intellectual property and technology transactions in various sectors, including hardware, software, medical devices, and alternative energy. Soody lectures on IP, licensing, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship domestically and internationally. 

She formed the boutique intellectual property law firm STLG after holding technical and management positions at Schering Plough and HP; practicing law at Hewlett-Packard, a successfully acquired medical device start-up, and the national law firms of HellerEhrman, and Townsend and Townsend. 

Soody has served in board, advisory, and leadership capacities with several organizations, including the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) national accelerator (Stem2Market); California Lawyers Association Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section, Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada, and the Palo Alto Area Bar Association. She is an active member of several Silicon Valley Leadership Group committees, including Technology & Innovation, Health, Education, and the Women Executive Forum. 

Soody is listed in the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2019.  She was honored as one of the 100 Women of Influence 2020 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. In 2022, Soody was appointed to the Northern California District Export Council (NorCal DEC) by the Secretary of Commerce. 

She has been a commissioner with the city of Menlo Park, CA. She is an active, hands-on volunteer with several civic organizations, including Defy Ventures, an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth.  

She is the co-author of the book "Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT: Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security for the Internet of Things" and an inventor of several patents and applications. Soody is the CEO of Presque, a wearable health-tech platform in the maternity space. One of her most fun ventures has been as co-founder of HighNote Coffee.




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