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The Business of Cannabis

Rochester Business Journal Webinar Series

David L. Cook
Megan Lambert
Patrick Hines
David L. Cook
Phillips Lytle LLP
Meaghan Feenan
Harris Beach Attorneys at Law
Patrick Hines
Hodgson Russ Attorneys LLP

Local experts discuss the impact the legalization of recreational marijuana will have on the business of cannabis in New York.

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David L. Cook
David is a Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and a leader of the firm’s Cannabis Practice Team. He concentrates his practice in the area of environmental law and litigation, specifically focusing on commercial, real estate and agribusiness matters. David is recognized as one of the leading agribusiness lawyers in New York State – having played an integral role in major enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulators against agriculture operators, including major dairy and other agricultural operations, throughout the Northeast. He has represented hemp growers and processors in zoning and land use issues, litigation and regulatory matters.

Meaghan Feenan
Meaghan is a member of the Harris Beach Cannabis Industry Team. She frequently presents, writes and podcasts about a host of legal issues related to the burgeoning cannabis industry in New York state.

Meaghan focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation matters, with a focus on Cannabis law and in trusts and estates litigation. She litigates accounting disputes, drafts petitions and civil pleadings, performs complex research, defends objections and dispositive motions and has experience handling large-scale discovery productions. She is familiar with both civil practice and Surrogate’s Court procedure.

Harris Beach represents the nation’s leading cannabis companies, including large multi-state operators, start-ups, growers and non-plant-touching businesses, on a range of issues. As one of the first law firms to offer a comprehensive portfolio of legal services to cannabis clients in New York state, Harris Beach has built a collaborative Cannabis Industry Team integrating decades of knowledge and thought leadership from multiple areas of law, including regulatory, real estate, land use and zoning, labor and employment, intellectual property, corporate matters, economic development and public finance and more.

Patrick Hines
Patrick is co-leader of the Hodgson Russ Hemp & Medical Cannabis Practice. In that role, he advises clients on a range of issues affecting the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of cannabis and hemp products. Patrick provides counsel to businesses seeking licenses to operate within the industry, as well as clients seeking to do business with the cannabis industry, with a focus on regulatory compliance and risk minimization. Disclaimer: Possession, use, distribution, and sale of cannabis and cannabis products is illegal under federal law. No legal advice Hodgson Russ gives is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.

Patrick also focuses his practice on business litigation and insurance defense matters. He has extensive experience defending catastrophic construction accident, products liability, car accident, and toxic exposure claims — including environmental mass tort litigation. In addition to his personal injury defense practice, Patrick handles a variety of business tort and contract litigation matters on behalf of financial institutions and other commercial clients, including claims involving breach of non-compete agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, and other business torts. Patrick’s commercial practice also involves defense and prosecution of claims involving intellectual property, including copyright and trademark disputes, trade secret claims, and confidentiality agreements.