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BENJAMIN T. BRANCHE is a partner and business lawyer with the firm of Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, P.C. concentrating his practice on tax, trusts and estates, financing, real estate/land use, aviation law, and business law. He has served as an advisor to privately held companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals. Mr. Branche works with individual clients to establish last wills and testaments, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, family entities, living wills, powers of attorney, and other complex estate planning documents. He also provides estate administration and estate planning counseling involving the implementation of strategies to transfer wealth, minimize taxes, and ensure that wealth is preserved and distributed appropriately. Mr. Branche provides advice, planning and consultation relating to commercial business transactions, commercial financing, joint ventures, real estate/land use, commercial leasing, aircraft acquisition and leasing, acquisitions/mergers, and general business planning. As part of the firm’s business group, he assists clients in structuring partnerships, financing relationships and tax strategies that assist in various business structures. Mr. Branche is currently an adjunct professor at the Mercer County Community College teaching on subjects relating to business and entity structure and taxation. He is a member of Bucks County and Mercer County Estate Planning councils and the Estate Planning and Business Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Branche earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from University of Scranton and his J.D. degree from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. (Saddle Brook location)
RAYMOND M. BROWN is a partner at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, where he concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights issues, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. He has defended clients in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals. Mr. Brown is a leading figure in the developing area of law related to the regulation and enforcement of business requirements for human rights compliance. He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and has handled a wide variety of criminal and civil matters representing individuals, corporations and government entities. Mr. Brown most recently representedÂ U.S. Senator Robert Menendez as Defense Co-Counsel against criminal allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the U.S. government, in a highly publicized trial which ended in a hung jury and subsequent mistrial. He has appeared in courts in twelve states and has conducted investigations in the U.S. and in Kenya, El Salvador, the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Colombia and Sierra Leone. His international experience includes qualifying as counsel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and serving as co-lead defense counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Mr. Brown counsels foreign and domestic multinationals on a broad range of corporate risk management, governance, and transactional issues, including those at the intersection of human rights and business concerns. He advises on compliance obligations, supply chain management issues, and the potential reputational risks and “bottom line” impacts facing corporations whose operational practices become entangled in human rights violations, both domestically and on the international stage. Mr. Brown earned his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to the New Jersey State and New York State bar associations and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is a fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers; and a fellow, American Bar Foundation. Mr. Brown is the recipient of the 2018 (inaugural) Francis X. Dee Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers, in recognition of outstanding trial and advocacy skills and exceptional professional conduct. (Cherry Hill and Saddle Brook locations)
DASHEEDA DAWSON is The WeedHead - a cannabis executive, digital growth hacker, and award-winning business strategist. Featured as a speaker and contributor across multiple media outlets and conferences, including Entrepreneur.com, Huffington Post, and iONE Digital, Ms. Dawson is a corporate crossover pioneer helping cannabis brands “hack into mainstream America” with real talk, top-ranked training and digital expertise. From Target to THC, she has successfully launched and managed multi-million dollar brands for companies such as Target Corporation, Victoria’s Secret, and Fullbeauty Brands prior to transitioning to the cannabis industry. Ms. Dawson earned her MBA from Rutgers Business School and completed her undergraduate degree in molecular biology at Princeton University. Currently, she is the founder, president & CEO of MJM Strategy, a digital-focused hemp and marijuana strategy consulting group leading the rebranding of the cannabis industry. Committed to legitimizing, stabilizing and diversifying the industry, she recently became the interim executive director for the New Jersey Cannabis Commission. A member of the Executive Leadership Committee, Ms. Dawson is also the chief strategy officer of Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) helping to lead the organization’s “Diversity in Cannabis” national campaign. (Saddle Brook location)
ROBERT J. FLANAGAN III is an attorney at the New Jersey law firm of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, where he is a member of the Litigation Department. Mr. Flanagan represents clients in debt collection matters for both consumer and commercial debts, including a large number of condominium homeowner associations. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, including substantial work in all aspects of civil litigation pre-trial, trial, equity and appellate practice. His experience is focused in the area of banking and creditors’ rights, and also encompasses construction matters, minority shareholder disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, employment issues and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Flanagan is a member of the Community Associations Institute, New Jersey Chapter; Trial Attorneys of New Jersey; and the Middlesex County Bar Association. He has been listed in Super Lawyers-New Jersey Rising Stars in the business litigation practice area. Mr. Flanagan is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.S. degree from Lehigh University. (Cherry Hill and Saddle Brook locations)
SHEILA M. MINTS is a shareholder with Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. and chair of the firm's health care and dental law department. Ms. Mints specializes in healthcare transactional matters, including shareholder and employment agreements, purchases and sales of medical practices, including ACO and IPO transactions, and practice mergers. She acts as general counsel to many large practices and ambulatory care facilities, assisting with transactional, tax, human resources matters and negotiation with payors and vendors. Ms. Mints also handles governmental and commercial payor investigations and audits into health care billing and coding practices. An experienced tax lawyer, Ms. Mints represents her clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Tax Court and state taxation departments in a variety of tax matters. She is a member of the New Jersey State and New York State bar associations. Ms. Mints earned her B.S. degree from New York University, her J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and her LL.M. degree from New York University. (Cherry Hill location)
STEVEN M. SCHAIN practices marijuana law through national cannabis law firm Hoban Law Group. With 13 offices and 35 lawyers, Hoban Law Group is the only practice 100% devoted to cannabis and hemp law. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Steve represents entities, governments and individuals in choosing a structure, preparing and submitting license application, regulation, compliance and litigation, and drafting legislation. A nationally recognized consumer finance litigation, banking law and cannabis law expert, Mr. Schain is a The Legal Intelligencer and Cannabis Business Executive columnist, frequent Pennsylvania Bar Institute and National Bar Institute author and lecturer and serves as a court appointed judge pro tempore and arbitrator. He serves on, and makes regular presentations to, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Group, Cannabis Professional Advancement Series, and Greenhouse Venture, LLC. Mr. Schain also serves on both Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia County administrative committees charged with drafting and revising state and local cannabis related regulations. He earned his B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Law Review and graduated with honors. Before entering private practice, Mr. Schain served as law clerk to a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (Cherry Hill location)
MICHAEL T. STEWART is a founding member of the law firm of Peri & Stewart, LLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and real estate. Mr. Stewart has significant experience in both domestic and international business transactions, including matters related to U.S. Export Control regulations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prior to joining Peri & Stewart, LLC, he was an attorney in the corporate and real estate practice groups of Caruso Smith Picini, P.C. and a shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC. Mr. Stewart earned his A.B. degree from the University of Chicago and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Stewart also is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade. He is a member of the New Jersey State and American bar associations. (Saddle Brook location)
CHRISTOPHER WISNIEWSKI is a partner in the law firm of Matteo Wisniewski LLC. Mr. Wisniewski practices in the area of transactional law, with a focus on corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and agreement preparation, real estate, technology law, and tax matters. He also has significant experience in advising hospitality, gaming and gaming-industry support companies on contractual, regulatory and compliance matters. Mr. Wisniewski earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers University, his M.S. degree from Villanova University and his J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (Cherry Hill location)