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...
Kimberly R. Simms, ESQ.

Kimberly R. Simms, ESQ.

Attorney, Law Office of Kimberly Simms Kimberly R. Simms earned her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and became a member of the California State Bar in 2009. Kimberly started her own law practice immediately after law school focusing on the legal and political needs of the medical marijuana community. In her law practice, she has fought relentlessly for patients’ rights, negotiated with government officials to craft reasonable and effective regulations that allow for safe access, litigated complex land use and zoning cases, and advised hundreds of medical cannabis entrepreneurs. Kimberly is a recognized expert in this emerging area of law. She has taught courses and lead seminars which focus on how to comply with the ever-changing legal and regulatory requirements of the cannabis industry. She is considered a trusted source by the media and has been interviewed by NPR, CNN and many San Diego media outlets. Kimberly is a founding Board Member of the Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access, San Diego’s leading cannabis chamber of commerce and political advocacy organization. Kimberly is also proud to serve as Chapter Co-Chair for San Diego Chapter of Women Grow. Kimberly is also an active member of San Diego’s political community and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization that develops the next generation of progressive leaders in the San Diego region. Kimberly is proud to serve as legal counsel for the San Diego County Democratic Party. Kimberly maintains the following memberships: San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, California NORML, American’s For Safe Access, National Cannabis Industry Association and...
Hilary Bricken

Hilary Bricken

Attorney, Harris Moure, PLLC Hilary V. Bricken is an Attorney with Harris Moure, PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Licensed to practice law in Washington, California, and Florida, she is one of the premier cannabis business and regulatory attorneys in the United States. As chair of Harris Moure’s Regulated Substances practice group, which includes the Canna Law Group, she helps cannabis companies of all sizes with their cannabis related legal issues. In 2013, based on her work in the marijuana industry, The Puget Sound Business Journal named Ms. Bricken one of seven Deal Makers of the Year. In 2014 and 2015, she was named a “Rising Star” and a “Top Rising Star of Washington Women Attorneys” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Also in 2015, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Hilary to its Top 40 Under 40 list for business and leadership. Hilary currently sits on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association and she frequently testifies before local, state, and federal government bodies regarding cannabis regulations. She also authors a weekly column for Above the Law that features content on marijuana policy and regulation, and Hilary is a regular contributor to and editor of her firm’s Canna Law...