Dispute Resolution

Businesses and business owners are commonly confronted with legal disputes and controversies. They arise in many settings, circumstances and environments, including between other businesses, state government agencies, federal government agencies, or individual. Depending on the dispute or controversy, arbitration, mediation or civil litigation may be required.

Binding arbitration and mediation are common alternatives to litigation in state and federal courts. While fact and circumstance dependent, they are often viewed as preferred manners to resolve disputes with cannabis stakeholders.

Resolving business disputes through arbitration and mediation instead of state or federal court civil litigation is an important complement to our cannabis focus commercial, corporate and business legal services. While our dispute resolution practice builds on our hemp practices, it sometimes requires work with litigators that have expertise in specific practice areas.

Disputes arise for many reasons, expected and unexpected, our commitment is to resolve them efficiently and economically, collaborating with our clients, experts and other attorneys.

Our dispute resolution services include:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Customs Petitions, Protests and Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Network of Litigation Attorneys


We have deep experience counseling on sophisticated transactional matters. Drawing on our expert knowledge of the cannabis industry, we advise clients from deal initiation through contract negotiation, review and drafting. Our core experience includes a wealth of work product on intellectual property and corporate deals.


Cannabis is a highly regulated industry, with rapidly evolving federal and state rules touching every aspect of our clients’ business. We offer up-to-the-minute knowledge of those regulations and we provide legally sound and practical advice on how to ensure compliance. With the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, compliance related to hemp, CBD and other cannabinoids remains nuanced and critical to your success.


Marijuana and hemp are growth industries that have attracted sophisticated investors, who require a detailed understanding of the field’s evolving legal framework before they commit financing. We counsel investors and prospective investors on the unique legal, financial, and tax issues that face cannabis businesses.