Lauren Rudick

Lauren Rudick

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 “Green 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 business services to...
Marvina Thomas

Marvina Thomas

Marvina is a compassionate caregiver, mother of two and an expert in her healthcare field. She moved to Arizona over 25 years ago from southern California, where she devoted herself to the nursing field. She’s founder and CEO of Start Living Recovery Home, where they assist individuals to recover from Opioids and Alcohol addiction and she’s spent the past several years self-educating herself on the many health benefits of Cannabis. At Start Living Recovery Home, they assist with job placement which will lead to clients getting back into society, while also educating clients on the benefits of medical Cannabis which leads to them transitioning from opioids to Cannabis has been her successful mission. Marvina is also a strong voice in the AZ cannabis community as Market Leader for Women Grow...
Myrna Gillis

Myrna Gillis

Myrna was inspired to leave her successful 25-year long law practice as a disabilities lawyer to pursue a career in the cannabis industry. Motivated by her passion for disabilities advocacy and a desire to ensure access to safe, consistent, affordable cannabis produced in an environmentally responsible way, she founded Aqualitas Inc. and its research and development company, Finleaf Technologies. Myrna has led an impressive team of experts in science, cultivation, finance, and environmental and health compliance to several milestones. Accomplishments include the buildout of a 70,000 square foot production facility and the development of an environmentally sustainable proprietary aquaponics cultivation technique unique to cannabis with even broader applications for food security. As CEO, she has raised approximately $5 million in the capital in the exempt markets in the US and Canada, which included $1 million in capital raised through the ArcView Group this past summer. Notably, Myrna’s presentation, to the group, was recognized as a runner-up to place Aqualitas in the top 1% of the 1,600 companies who seek to pitch annually. Aqualitas is on the cusp of receiving its license to cultivate cannabis with an option to expand into an additional 25 acres of cultivation space. Myrna’s company is poised to be one of the few all-natural producers in Canada, who leads the world to be the first G7 country to have full cannabis legalization by July 2018. Aqualitas has been featured in a Washington Environmental Law Institute publication for its commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and water consumption. Aqualitas’ closed loop circulating system, LED lighting plan, exploration of the use of ocean water for cooling and...