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SEAN CLANCY is an attorney with Emerge Law Group. His practice focuses on business and intellectual property. As outside IP counsel for a variety of innovative industries including state-licensed cannabis, entertainment media, design, consumer products, food, beverages, professional services, software, and new technology, he advises on state and federal trademark rights, copyrights, packaging and labeling, publicity, privacy, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements ("NDAs"), and licensing. As general business and corporate counsel, Mr. Clancy negotiates, prepares legal documents, and advises on relationships spanning from entity formation and ordinary business to complex transactions, regulatory compliance, and disputes. He received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Washington School of Law and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School.
ROBERT A. GRAHAM JR. has practiced primarily on representing and advising business clients in matters such as financial institution regulatory compliance, business formation, capitalization and securities, real estate, commercial landlord and tenant, commercial contracts, merger and acquisitions, estate planning, intellectual property, and related litigation, for the past 34 years. For the past decade his practice has included the representation of clients involved in various aspects of the cannabis community, including both civil and criminal matters. Mr. Graham teaches business law at Rogue Community College and, from time to time, he has been a featured speaker at cannabis business related conferences. He is admitted in Oregon and California.
ALAN HANSON is a senior attorney at Emerge Law Group, in Portland, Oregon. Emerge Law Group is the premiere cannabis law firm in Oregon. Mr. Hanson is the recognized cannabis banking expert in Oregon. His practice focuses on developing cannabis banking programs for banks and credit unions. Prior to joining Emerge, he was the general counsel and compliance officer for Maps Credit Union for more than 15 years. At Maps, he created and managed the first fully compliant marijuana banking program in Oregon. This program remains the largest, most successful, marijuana banking program in the state. It is used by the state credit union regulator as the example of how to properly create a marijuana related business banking program. Mr. Hanson has extensive knowledge on banking compliance requirements along with operational challenges to serve marijuana related businesses. He has also served on advisory committees for the Department of Consumer and Business Services and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and testified in support of House Bill 4094. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar. He holds a J.D. degree from Willamette University, College of Law, and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering technology from Oregon Institute of Technology.
GENNY KILEY is an attorney with Emerge Law Group where she focuses her practice on business and corporate law. Ms. Kiley has extensive experience assisting clients with business structuring, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities, and commercial loan transactions. She also practices in franchise law and alcohol regulatory law. Her background in these areas provides a unique perspective when advising clients in the cannabis industry, including providing assistance with compliance and license applications. Ms. Kiley is a former adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where she taught a mergers and acquisitions lab for three years. She received her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, earned a law certificate in corporate transactions, and worked as a legal intern at InFocus Corporation. She also attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a B.A. degree in journalism and minor in Chinese. Ms. Kiley also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of We Love Clean Rivers, a non-profit committed to turning restoration into recreation.
PAUL LONEY is an attorney at Loney Law Group. His practice focuses on a variety of legal issues associated with cannabis, specifically in the areas of business law and regulatory compliance. Mr. Loney developed the blue print for Oregon's first private cannabis club, Highway 420, and the first national high-profile cannabis cafe, Oregon's NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) Cannabis Cafe. Mr. Loney has served as Oregon's NORML legal counsel for more than 15 years and has helped draft numerous cannabis-related legislative initiatives involving Oregon's medical marijuana and recreational marijuana issues including Measure 91. He has assisted clients in drafting language for proposed additions to the laws and administrative rules on marijuana. Mr. Loney regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars, panels, conferences, and lectures on the topic of marijuana business law. He also teaches courses on Oregon marijuana law and how to start cannabis related businesses throughout Oregon. He is affiliated with NORML, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He earned his J.D. degree from University of Oregon School of Law.
JOHN A. MAGLIANA JR. is a widely recognized general counsel and transaction lawyer with more than 34 years in planning, negotiating, structuring, conducting effective due diligence examinations, and implementing international and domestic business transactions to his clients’ optimum tax and business advantage. Mr. Magliana has served in a variety of business capacities over the years with early-stage and established public and private companies, including president, V.P. of corporate development, secretary and a director, giving him a practical insight that is rare for attorneys. He was a co-founder of Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd., a publicly traded corporation, and is its general counsel. Mr. Magliana helped guide management through the strategic business and legal decisions which ultimately led to the company going public in October of 2015 on the Canadian Securities Exchange. As general counsel, he has also overseen listing the parent’s stock on the U.S. OTCQB, as well as all of the parent’s financings and mergers and acquisitions activities in both Canada and the U.S. Mr. Magliana is presently the chairman of the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Section.