Bryna advises cannabis companies of all sizes, from startups to stars in the industry. Clients rely on her practical, real-world approach to navigating the industry’s complex and contradictory laws and regulations. Bryna’s clients range from growers, distributors, product manufacturers and ancillary businesses to traditional companies who work with and are impacted by cannabis laws. She advises on issues of regulatory compliance; risk avoidance; company formation; contracts and licensing; corporate transactions; advertising and product packaging; and brand strategy and intellectual property protection. She also performs legal due diligence for investors in the cannabis space and guides hemp, health and beauty brand clients in navigating CBD and FDA laws.
Bryna is also a skilled trial lawyer who has represented clients in an array of high-profile, “bet the company” cases in both trial and appellate court. Past representations include prominent food, pharmaceutical, entertainment, advertising, technology and consumer product companies. Bryna’s desire to play a small part in helping to correct the social injustices resulting from the war on drugs, combined with her significant branding, food and drug law experience, led her to form a legal practice catering to the cannabis industry in 2015. She serves as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she taught Illinois’ first law course on cannabis law and policy, has lectured around the country on cannabis law, and serves as pro bono counsel to Chicago NORML. Bryna has been recognized by the National Law Journal as a “40 under 40” in Chicago and has been a “Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star” since 2010.