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The Business of Cannabis

Rochester Business Journal Webinar Series

Morgan Hopkins
Tristan Hujer
Megan Lambert
Patrick Hines
Morgan Hopkins, CPA
DeJoy, Knauf & Blood
Tristan Hujer
Phillips Lytle LLP
Meaghan Feenan
Harris Beach Attorneys at Law
Patrick Hines
Hodgson Russ Attorneys LLP

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

10 a.m. June 24

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Morgan Hopkins, CPA
Morgan Hopkins, CPA is the Director of DeJoy, Knauf & Blood’s Cannabis & Hemp Practice. In her role she delivers comprehensive tax and advisory services to businesses and individuals looking to enter, or already operating in the cannabis and hemp industries. She helps companies understand the potential impact of 280E on their business, and how to set up proper internal controls and finance / accounting operations. She is well versed in proposed and actual cannabis and hemp legislation, and is consistently advising her clients on how they can structure and run their business more effectively, while still complying with the state, local, and federal tax laws. Not only does Morgan help her clients with tax planning and compliance, she works hard to understand their business and personal goals, so she can help them to understand available opportunities and position their business to achieve a high level of success.

Tristan Hujer
Tristan is a Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and the co-leader of the firm’s Cannabis Practice Team. In the field of cannabis law, he has represented growers, distributors and other businesses in significant matters in New York State. Tristan also focuses his practice on class action, business and commercial litigation. He has successfully and efficiently resolved numerous legal matters, and has tried cases to verdict.

Meaghan Feenan
Meaghan focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation matters, with a focus 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. Meaghan was a Summer Associate at Harris Beach in 2016, and served as a law clerk in the Albany office during her final year of law school.

During law school, Meaghan served as Judicial Intern for the Hon. Kimberly A. O’Connor, Acting Justice for the Supreme Court of Albany County, where she drafted opinions on behalf of the court. As the Executive Director of the Anthony V. Cardona ’70 Moot Court Program, she directed more than 70 competitors in more than ten nationwide competitions. She competed twice in the University of Maryland’s National Health Law & Regulatory Compliance Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, is a member of the Order of the Barristers, and was awarded all four of the intraschool moot court awards as a third year law student. Meaghan also served as Associate Editor for the Albany Law Review.

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.