Since 2012, Ellen has counseled entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established businesses spanning a wide spectrum of the legal cannabis industry, including cultivators, edibles manufacturers, retailers, consulting and management firms, consumer electronics manufacturers, agricultural equipment manufacturers, software companies, IP holding companies, trade associations, non-profit advocacy organizations, and companies developing cryptocurrency and blockchain projects.
She takes pride in offering thorough, creative, and expertly tailored legal advice to position clients to operate smoothly and successfully in a very complex and dynamic industry. With a diverse background in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Ellen’s skill set and experience are rooted in general corporate transactions, securities compliance, corporate finance, energy and infrastructure transactions, state and local regulatory compliance, and legislative and policy work.
Previously, Ellen practiced at a boutique law firm advising clients on the organization, formation, and operation of domestic and offshore private investment funds, including capital raising, compliance with securities and commodities laws, and marketing and investor relations. She also has extensive experience in the California legislature performing legislative and policy analysis, conducting media and local, state, and national stakeholder outreach, and organizing community events that focus on strategic advocacy of environmental justice, anti-poverty, and women’s rights and equality solutions.
Ellen is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, and Drug Policy Alliance. She earned her J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.