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BRYAN BERGMAN is an attorney with Bergman Law Group in Woodland Hills. Mr. Bergman has been practicing for over a decade with experience in complex business transactions; civil litigation involving complex issues surrounding real estate, business and family law disputes; and assisting cannabis businesses, real estate owners involved in the cannabis industry, investors, and ancillary cannabis service companies in California. His services range from providing assistance in entity strategy and formation; contract negotiations and drafting on a wide variety of deals including real estate, investment, management, and employment issues; license application preparation; regulatory compliance; organizational structuring; and trade association formation and management. Lastly, Mr. Bergman prides himself on being a trusted advisor with a substantial network of cannabis professionals available to assist his clients in matters that he cannot provide services for his clients personally. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his J.D. degree from UC Hastings in San Francisco, California. (Pasadena location)
OREN BITAN is an attorney with Buchalter APC. He has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership law, consumer product, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner. He is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns, and has particular expertise in disputes involving real estate, banking and mortgage fraud, creditors’ rights, film finance, and intellectual property. Representative clients include banks and financial institutions, state and federal receivers, private investors and investment funds, private equity groups, real property developers, apparel manufacturers, breweries, consumer products companies, and corporate entities large and small. Mr. Bitan is also co-chair of Buchalter’s cannabis industry group. In that capacity, Mr. Bitan advises cannabis related businesses on a wide variety of topics, including disputes regarding business licenses, receiverships over grow facilities and dispensaries; real property development, leasing, and financing for cannabis related businesses; and assembling teams of attorneys to provide general corporate, employment, and intellectual property advice to the industry. Mr. Bitan earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, at Loyola Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Sayre Macneil Scholar. He served as articles editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, and participated in the Law & Technology Moot Court (a joint program with Caltech). Mr. Bitan externed for The Honorable Harry Pregerson in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and The Honorable Nora M. Manella in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. (Pasadena location)
TIFFANY CARRARI is an associate with Margolin & Lawrence where her practice areas include wine, beer, and spirits law, including regulatory compliance, general business, and real property transactions with emphasis in the areas of alcohol licensing/compliance, commercial transactions and industry agreements, labeling and formula approval, production and distribution, online sales and shipping, promotions and trade practices, trademark guidance and brand protection, land use and development, entity formation and governance, business and real estate purchases, sales, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and buyouts. She received her B.A. degree from the University of California and her J.D. degree from The University of Texas School of Law. (Oxnard location)
J. RAZA LAWRENCE is a founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence. He is widely recognized as a leader in cannabis business licensing and law. With over fifteen years of experience in the field, Mr. Lawrence is known for his depth of knowledge and track record of exceptional results for his clients. He is routinely recognized as one of the leading cannabis attorneys in California. Mr. Lawrence has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star five years running, and is often called upon to speak and consult on the complexities of cannabis business licensing and law. He received his A.B degree, summa cum laude, from Washington University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. (Oxnard and Pasadena locations)
JAY LEIDERMAN is the owner of the Law Office of Jay Leiderman, a Ventura, California based law firm. Mr. Leiderman advises medical marijuana collectives, teaching them the law, writing up their contracts and articles of association, and helping them to comply with local and state laws. He co-authored a book on the legal defense of California medical marijuana crimes, which was published by NORML, the National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Mr. Leiderman has lectured nationwide on various topics including computer crimes and hacking and the civil rights associated there with, medical marijuana, prosecutorial and judicial error and emerging technology in the legal field. He attained his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and earned his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Leiderman has been a certified criminal law specialist (California Bar Board of Legal Specialization) since 2006. Lawyer Monthly magazine named him the 2016 Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year for the United States. The Atlantic magazine called Mr. Leiderman the "Hackivist's Advocate" for his work defending hacker-activists accused of computer crimes, or so-called ("Hacktivism") especially people associated with Anonymous. He defended journalist Matthew Keys from accusations that he had conspired with hackers to attack the Los Angeles Times. He also defended MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka "War Machine" from allegations that he beat and raped his girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack. Other noteworthy cases he defended include People v. Diaz, which went to the California Supreme Court and made law on the ability of police to search a cell phone; Louis Gonzalez, who was falsely accused of rape, attempted murder and torture by the mother of his child and was jailed for 83 days before he was released and ultimately found actually innocent; the Andrew Luster or so-called "Max Factor" heir habeas corpus proceeding, wherein his sentence was reduced by 74 years; the first-ever trial of medical marijuana defendants in San Luis Obispo County, California County; and Ventura County, California's first concentrated Mexican Mafia prosecution. (Oxnard and Pasadena locations)
ALLISON MARGOLIN is founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence. Ms. Margolin is recognized nationwide as one of the leading attorneys in cannabis licensing and law. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University, she combines top credentials and an extensive depth of experience in cannabis business law, with a lifelong passion for cannabis policy reform. Ms. Margolin began her practice defending some of the highest profile criminal cases in California. As policy has changed, she has consistently adapted to provide her clients with a nuanced, forward-looking understanding of the rapidly changing legal landscape. Ms. Margolin is an expert in a range of practice areas, including regulatory law, zoning, permitting, compliance, branding, trademark, civil litigation, and criminal defense. Over the last six years, she has built an unrivaled team of Harvard Law-educated cannabis attorneys at Margolin & Lawrence. (Oxnard and Pasadena locations)
SHANE READ, CPA/ABV, CFE with Shane Read CPA Accountancy, specializes in business valuation and litigation support relating to financial issues. His experience encompasses a wide range of issues in family law and civil litigation, including business appraisals, tracing of separate property, income available for support, damage analysis, and uncovering unreported income and hidden assets. Mr. Read graduated with a M.S. degree in accounting from the University of Tampa and has been working in public accounting since 2007. While in Tampa he gained three years of experience in external audit and income tax preparation. Mr. Read is licensed as a certified public accountant by the state of California. He has served as a court appointed expert under Evidence Code 730. He is a certified fraud examiner, and has been given the title of accredited business valuator by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He appreciates the growth opportunities and challenges that business valuation and litigation support afford. (Pasadena location)
JEREMY J. SALVADOR, CFE, CFC, CIFA, ASBC, is a partner at Miod and Company, LLP where he has been specializing in forensic accounting for family law and civil litigation since 2009. Mr. Salvador regularly prepares income available for support reports, business valuations, arrearage calculations, tracings, community property balance sheets, and apportionment analyses. He has qualified and testified as an accounting expert witness for the Los Angeles superior courts. Mr. Salvador earned his B.S. degree from California State University, San Bernardino; professional certificates in advanced computer security, innovation and emerging technologies from Stanford University; and is currently attending Harvard University pursuing his M.A. degree in finance. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, American Board of Forensic Accounting, Institute of Certified Business Consultants, Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. (Oxnard and Pasadena locations)
JENNIE STEPANIAN is the principal attorney at Jennie Stepanian, Attorney at Law. She practices criminal defense in San Francisco. Ms. Stepanian is a graduate of the New College of California and received her J.D. degree from JFK University School of Law. (Pasadena location)