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  • Description

    The cannabis industry is complex and dynamic, as are the ethical considerations surrounding representation, starting with the legal issues and ethics of representing cannabis clients. This CLE course will present a variety of legal scenarios that often arise as well as the current status of the federal and state stance on marijuana and the prospect for reform.

    The course will address the strategies currently being employed to mitigate risk and how the courts have attempted to reconcile the rights of claimants and litigants on a federal and state level. Interpretations of Model Rule 1.2 across the country and the distinction between providing counsel and active assistance to cannabis clients will be presented as will relevant state ethics opinions, modification to states’ ethical rules that limit disciplinary action around work in the industry and specific issues that are critical to cannabis attorneys including:

    • disclosure of professional liability insurance
    • the crime fraud exception
    • attorney client privilege
    • client trust accounts
    • stock equity in lieu of fees
    • required disclosure
    • and much more.
  • Instructor Bio

    Ian Stewart

    Ian is founder and co-chair of the Cannabis and Hemp Law practice at Wilson Elser, where he leads a national multi-disciplinary team of lawyers who serve all aspects of the cannabis and hemp industries, as well as financial institutions and insurance companies that service those industries.

    Ian has been named to the prestigious Chambers USA 2020 and 2021 guide in Cannabis Law. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) and participates on the Policy Council of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). Ian is on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Cannabis Section and is the former chair of NCIA’s Risk Management and Insurance Committee.

    He is one of MG Magazine’s “30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know” and is named in Cannabis Reports’ list of “10 Powerful Marijuana Lawyers in California.” Ian received a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award by JD Supra for his publication on cannabis consumer class actions, and received National Law Review’s award as “Go-To Thought Leader 2018” for his publications on cannabis law.