Greenberg Glusker LLP
Nicole Matsuda (she/her) is an associate in the firm's Corporate, Finance & Securities Department.
While at UCLA School of Law, Nicole served as Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association and Chief Administrative Officer of the Criminal Justice Law Review.
Nicole was ranked in the top 12 of her law school class and was recognized as a 3-time Masin Family Excellence Gold Award Winner for receiving the highest grade in classes on Immigration Law, Evidence, and Legal Research & Writing.
Nicole has also been a guest lecturer in Judge Eric Taylor's "Popular Culture and the Law" course at Loyola Marymount University.
Harris Sliwoski LLP
California is a tough place to do business. Griffen makes it much easier. Businesses routinely look to Griffen to negotiate and close a variety of challenging corporate transactions. His goal is to find the simplest and most cost-effective solution to client problems in complex and often highly regulated transactions. His past experience as a high-stakes IP and commercial litigator allows him to easily diagnose potential cost and liability exposures while negotiating transactions.
Griffen is a broad-based corporate attorney. He negotiates and closes business, asset, and property purchases on behalf of both buyers and sellers. He represents borrowers, lenders, and investors in equity and debt finance transactions, and lessors and lessees in commercial leases. He serves as outside general counsel for corporate clients, assisting with entity formation, corporate governance, general commercial transactions, intellectual property licensing, and more.
Many of his clients operate in highly regulated industries, and include physicians, healthcare businesses, cannabis and hemp businesses, and emerging psychedelics businesses. Griffen has helped close to a hundred companies secure hard-fought licenses across the state of California. Griffen was one of the leading executive committee members of the first section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Cannabis Section, writes weekly for the Canna Law Blog and Psychedelics Law Blog, writes regularly for outside publications, speaks on and leads panels, and has been interviewed for cannabis legal analysis by Vice, ReasonTV, The Atlantic, MarketWatch, Bloomberg Law, and Law360.
Before beginning his legal career, Griffen studied music at the University of California, Berkeley, and still plays electric guitar in his spare time. He studied law at Loyola University of Chicago, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and graduated third in his class of 250 students.
In his free time, Griffen enjoys spending time with his two daughters, his wife, and their dog, traveling, studying languages, and volunteering at his local synagogue.
Herzog Fox & Neeman
Adi provides legal consultation and support for companies and entities in the fields of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”). Adi has special proficiency in the field of cannabis, and she is advising companies at all stages of the production chain and supply processes for cannabis. As a partner in the firm who heads the Cannabis Desk, Adi provides a wide framework for all legal needs, including licenses and regulatory compliance, corporate matters, commercial agreements, investment agreements, M&A transactions, cooperation agreements, and strategic partnership agreements.
Adi works with local and global clients, advising them with internal and external corporate and commercial transactions, including the corporate structures and negotiation stages, strategic collaborations between commercial corporations, joint ventures, and other commercial aspects, including distribution, production, marketing, consulting, and service agreements.
Adi is also involved in strategy and decision-making processes, both at the organizational level and at the commercial level, with the corporations she is advising.
Before, Adi experienced representing public companies and reporting corporates in all matters of the capital market and transactions, among others, in annual and immediate reports, public offers, private offers and tender offers, shareholders disputes as well as in corporate law and securities law.
Adi lectures at various Universities in Israel, on Law, curt ruling, and regulation in the Cannabis field on behalf of the Ministry of Health, as part of bachelor’s degree programs in pharmacy, master’s degree in clinical pharmacy, for nurses and doctors, as well as giving lectures at various conventions and events in the field of Cannabis, law, and business.
For 8 years, Adi worked in the Tax department at Ernst & Young – Kost Forer Gabbay & Kasierer (2006-2014), and within this framework she managed at the field of employee benefits, including the following topics: tax arrangements with the taxing authorities regarding employee benefits; employee benefits solutions adapted to Israeli and multinational companies; ongoing support, planning and preparation of employee compensation plans, including for technology companies; taxation of shares and stock options in accordance with tax laws and accounting principles in various legal methods, focusing on the US and Europe.
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