Holland & Hart Calls On Practice Leader Greenspoon For New Cannabis Group


  • Company calls Rachel Gillette a ‘pioneer’ in cannabis law
  • Gillette says customers will get a bigger platform for the same rates

(Reuters) – Almost a decade after recreational marijuana was legalized in its home state, Denver-based Holland & Hart is launching a cannabis industry group with a team of four lawyers from Greenspoon Marder in Miami, one of the first U.S. attorneys to devote to cannabis law practice, the firm said on Tuesday.

Rachel Gillette joins Holland & Hart as a partner in their Denver office, along with her three partners – Stuart Knight, Allen Paxton and Nabil Rodriguez, the firm said. Gillette chaired the Cannabis Law Group at Greenspoon Marder.

Holland & Hart president Chris Balch described Gillette as a “pioneer in the field of cannabis law” in a statement.

With marijuana already legal in several states and as the federal government and a number of other states consider legalization, Gillette said now is the time to join a law firm with a broader platform. .

“I thought it was a great fit with my group,” said Gillette. “Holland & Hart is a bit bigger than Greenspoon Marder. I thought that was kind of the next step.”

Gillette noted that she will be able to charge the same rates at Holland & Hart as Greenspoon, which is important to her customers. Holland & Hart’s geographic footprint – 12 offices across the western United States, plus one in Washington, DC – straddles its customer base, she added.

She also cited the strength of Holland & Hart’s corporate, tax and food and beverage practices, the latter being “very compatible with cannabis”.

“The cannabis industry touches almost every area of ​​the practice of law, because it is a business like any other business. The challenge for them is that they have a regulatory framework in which they must exist, and it varies from state to state, ”Gillette mentioned.

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