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...
Steve Fox, Esq.

Steve Fox, Esq.

Steve Fox, Esq., director of VS Strategies and of counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, is one of the leading figures in the movement to create a legal, regulated marijuana market in the United States. Since 2002, he has been deeply involved in marijuana-related lobbying, ballot initiatives, and communications work. He is a co-founder of the National Cannabis Industry Association, which represents more than 900 state-legal businesses, and serves as a strategic advisor to the organization. While at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) from 2002-2005 and 2009-2013, Steve lobbied Congress and guided numerous ballot initiative campaigns, including the Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado, which made marijuana legal for all adults. He also guided a lobbying team through the Amendment 64 implementation process. In 2005, Steve conceptualized and co-founded Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) in Colorado for the express purpose of educating the public about the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. The goal, eventually realized, was to change the mindset of voters in order to make marijuana legal through a ballot initiative. He is the co-author of Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009, 2013), which is based on the strategy that proved successful in...
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...
Patrick Moran

Patrick Moran

CEO, AcquiFlow LLC October 2013, Patrick entered the cannabis industry, via The ArcView Group, as a strategic investor. He immediately saw the emerging opportunity. By April 2014, he had assembled a team and formed the first open, legal & transparent Texas-based cannabis company – AcquiFlow LLC. With the longterm goal of developing a nationally distributed brand, AcquiFlow raised start-up capital and named Patrick as CEO. Soon after, Canopy Boulder invited him to be a mentor. October 2014, to help prepare for the 2015 Texas legislative session, Patrick co-founded the Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA), and was named it’s inaugural president. Patrick later joined the lobbying effort on behalf of SB339, the “Texas Compassionate-Use Act.” That bill was voted into law May 2015 by a veto-proof majority and signed by the Governor. Previous professional experience includes practicing law as a creditor’s-rights litigator for national banks; clerking for US senators on Capitol Hill; production team on a political talk show; writing & acting on television, optioning two pilots; writer-producer for independent feature films; and founder/operator of an award winning swim team in LA. Patrick is an active supporter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and other philanthropic endeavors, including the North Texas Food Bank and the SPCA. He lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife Courtney and their pup...