Lauren Rudick

Lauren Rudick

Partner, Hiller PC Lauren Rudick is a Member of the boutique business law firm, Hiller, PC, in Manhattan, New York.  A “recovering litigator,” Lauren practiced litigation exclusively for ten years, during which time she successfully represented clients in a wide variety of business, intellectual property, and Internet/media disputes, while contributing to the Firm=s land use and zoning practice.  With a trained and sensitive eye for keeping clients out of litigation and a penchant for deal-making, Lauren has refocused her career on start-up law, regulatory compliance, and commercial and secured transactions. Lauren has also developed a niche in salvaging deals that have turned south, mitigating against legal exposure, and identifying and remedying abuse or misuse of corporate power and form.  In 2015, Lauren was named a Rising Star among Top New York Metro Attorneys, as featured by Superlawyers®. Lauren is also the co-founder of Hiller, PC=s cannabis law practice.  What started as a passion project in patient rights during a brief residency in California, Lauren has become one of the nation’s preeminent attorneys providing legal services to cannabis industry players in the AGreen Rush.”  Lauren has extensive knowledge and familiarity with cannabis law, including trends and upturns in the industry. With her diverse background in corporate law, litigation, and land-use and zoning, she provides clients with the most up-to-date information necessary to operate and invest in successful cannabis and ancillary businesses. Lauren is also a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine and provides pro bono legal and advocacy services to the Drug Policy Alliance.  Lauren enjoys an extensive network of cannabis professionals nationwide, enabling her to provide full legal and...
Patrick Cox

Patrick Cox

Managing Member & Vice President of Business Development, Tax Defense Partners Patrick Cox is a Managing Member of TDP and Vice President of Business Development. Patrick has been involved in Sales and management for 20 years. Using his degree from Law School combined with his sales experience has enabled Patrick to excel at leadership. His background along with his attention to detail has led to success at every step in his career. He has interfaced with all top level executives throughout the country to establish the necessary criteria for a successful sales organization. Early in his career, he specialized in successful negotiations of numerous local and state police union contracts. Patrick’s interactions with top union and state officials started his development in sales and strategic planning. Today, as a Managing Member and VP of Business Development for TDP, he is responsible for revenue generation and day to day operations of the sales department. Using Key Performance Indicators and coaching has led him to success and growth for TDP. He collaborates with Marketing and Finance to create a vision that ensures...
Karen J. Bernstein

Karen J. Bernstein

Karen J. Bernstein is the Principal of Bernstein IP, a law firm based in New York City that counsels its clients on creative ways to protect their trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and domain names in the emerging legal cannabis industry. In Karen’s former life she was an executive in the advertising business, as well as having been a personal manager to a major recording artist. Karen also co-wrote of a Top-10 Hit song in Europe that was featured in Billboard Magazine before heading to law school. Today, Karen brings her unique background and skills to the practice of intellectual property law. Karen also brokers premium domain names and is best known for brokering Occupy.com during the Occupy Wall Street movement. She speaks and writes about significant legal issues affecting the cannabis industry and has been quoted in numerous major media outlets such as Yahoo! Finance on the use of Jimmie Hendrix’s name on a new line of cannabis products. She has also been featured on The PBS Nightly Business Report about the new top level domain name extensions and on the Fox US nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Leslie Marshall Show, about the Right to Be Forgotten ruling against Google in Europe. Karen may be reached at...
Mitzi Vaughn

Mitzi Vaughn

Managing Attorney, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel Mitzi Vaughn is the Managing Attorney for Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a transactional law firm entirely dedicated to cannabis industry clients. She oversees Greenbridge’s Washington state practice, advising the cannabis industry regarding corporate, transactional, and employment matters, as well as adult-use and medical cannabis regulation. Ms. Vaughn has represented a wide variety of cannabis industry leaders: nutrient manufacturers, cultivators, processors, retailers, real estate developers, investors, consultants, and software companies and has testified before the Hawaii legislature regarding the implementation of the state’s dispensary system. Ms. Vaughn is a founding board member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, a founding committee member of the Ad Hoc US Coalition for Global Drug Policy Reform, and sits on the Advisory Council of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and the Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt...
Amanda R. Conley

Amanda R. Conley

Founding Partner, Brand & Branch LLP Amanda Conley is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and Founding Treasurer of the National Cannabis Bar Association.  Amanda has a diversified practice focused on intellectual property and legal issues in emerging technologies and in the cannabis industry, including trademark and copyright counseling, enforcement, and litigation; advising on privacy and data security practices; recovering domain names through Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings; and representing clients in district court litigation and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Amanda has represented a variety of companies including large computer software and hardware companies, cannabis-infused edibles producers, start-ups focusing on technology, cannabis, home design, education, and gaming, and a major grocery store chain. Amanda regularly speaks on advertising and intellectual property issues and at cannabis industry conferences. Before attending law school, Amanda worked as a statistician for the Institute of Behavioral Sciences in Boulder, Colorado. Amanda also co-founded the Bay Area chapter of Women...