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JAY B. ABRAMS, ASA, CPA, MBA, specializes in valuing privately-held businesses. Mr. Abrams is the president of Abrams Valuation Group, Inc., a business valuation firm with offices in North Hollywood, California and New York. He is the author of two books published by McGraw-Hill: Quantitative Business Valuation: A Mathematical Approach for Today's Professionals and How to Value Your Business and Increase its Potential. The second edition of Quantitative Business Valuation is published by John Wiley & Sons. Mr. Abrams is nearly finished with a book on the valuation of S Corporations and other non-tax entities. He has published several quantitative articles in the American Society of Appraisers' Valuation Journal, Business Valuation Review and The Valuation Examiner. Mr. Abrams has invented several valuation models and approximately 150 valuation formulas. Plaintiff's economist used Abrams Valuation Group, Inc.'s Economic Components Model for the Discount for Lack of Marketability in Maris Distributing Co. v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 302 F.3d 1207 (11th Cir. 2002). He earned his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, where he also took graduate courses in the Department of Economics. Mr. Abrams earned his B.S. degree from California State University. He has taught business valuation as continuing legal education in many law firms and seminars at the University of Southern California, University of California at San Diego Extension, the University of San Diego Law School for U.S. Tax Court Justice David Laro, USC Graduate School of Business for Professor Thomas Taulli, and California State University at Northridge Business School for Professor Vincentiu Covrig. (Ventura and San Luis Obispo locations)
BRYAN BERGMAN is a partner with Nolan Heimann LLP based out of Los Angeles. 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 formations; contract negotiations and drafting on a wide variety of deals including real estate, investment, management, and other business issues; license application preparation; regulatory compliance; and organizational structuring. Mr. Bergman prides himself on being a trusted advisor with a substantial network of cannabis professionals available to assist his clients in matters when 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. (Ventura location)
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 factually 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. (Ventura location)
ALLISON MARGOLIN is a 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. (Ventura location)
MAHAL R. MONTOYA is the sole practitioner of the Law Offices of Mahal Montoya in Oakland. Ms. Montoya is a civil rights lawyer with a sharp focus on cannabis law. She began her solo practice in 2014, having spent the previous 14 years as a law clerk, educator, and paralegal specialist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Her law practice integrates her passion for civil rights and her support for entrepreneurs. She spends her time counseling entrepreneurs about civil rights, business, tax, and corporate law. Ms. Montoya earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, M.L.I.S. degree from San Jose State University, and her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a member of NORML (Marijuana Business Section), Alameda County Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. (San Luis Obispo location)
JEREMY J. SALVADOR, CFE, CFS, CFC, CTC, RFI, CIFA, ASBC, is a partner at Miod and Company, LLP, where he has been specializing in forensic accounting since 2009. Mr. Salvador regularly prepares income reports, business valuations, arrearage calculations, tracings, damage computations, 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 in accounting 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. (Ventura location)
STEVEN L. SIMAS is the owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd., where he focuses his practice on healthcare law, professional licensing law, administrative law, employment law, public contracts law, auto dealer and repair law, gambling law, alcoholic beverage control law, civil litigation and appeals. Mr. Simas is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Eastern, Central and Northern districts of California; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the American Veterinary Medical Legal Association, the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Providers, and the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys. In 2018, Mr. Simas was nominated and selected as a centennial fellow of the Sacramento County Bar Association for his years of service to that association, including serving as chair of the Administrative Law Section. He earned his B.S.B.A. degree from California Polytechnic State University and his J.D. degree from King Hall University of California, Davis School of Law. (San Luis Obispo location)
DANIEL J. TATICK is an attorney Simas & Associates, Ltd., where he focuses his practice on employment law, healthcare law, administrative law, professional licensing law, and civil litigation, writs of mandamus, and appeals. Mr. Tatick is licensed to practice in the state of California and is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. He earned his B.S.B.A. degree from California Polytechnic State University, and his J.D. degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. (San Luis Obispo location)
SCOTT TAYLOR is the owner of the Taylor Defense Firm where he practices in DUI and DWI, military law, domestic violence, white collar crime and criminal defense. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the last four years, he has also been awarded Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. Mr. Taylor received his B.A. degree from Texas A&M University, followed by earning his J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. (San Luis Obispo location)