Cannabis and Hemp Section

Welcome to one of the ACBA’s newest section created especially for attorneys interested in the cannabis industry. 

Although small, the Cannabis and Hemp section has dedicated committee filled with passionate and experienced lawyers focusing on cannabis business law, public policy, and financing. The Committee anticipates a large growth period for the section, reflective of the growth seen in the commercial cannabis space seen both in the state of California, across the nation, and across international borders. We strive to provide an ongoing forum for our members to network and become familiar with existing and new laws affecting commercial cannabis industry. The Executive Committee intends to provide robust and substantial continuing education programs presented by knowledgeable and experienced people so our members can obtain timely information relevant to the fast pace of cannabis public policy change.

If you have time, please note that we have a standing invitation for any interested attorney to attend our Executive Committee meetings where lively discussions of current events frequently occur and gripes about the cannabis industry are exchanged. 

The goal of the Committee is to provide information and networking opportunities to provide clients with the best information possible to create a compliant, legal, and profitable commercial cannabis business.


Laura Schniedwind

Brand & Branch LLP
1305 Franklin St Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94602 | 415-894-2057




Beth Hoddess

P.O. Box 8492
Emeryville, CA 94662 | 510-569-8558


Shay Aaron Gilmore

Shay Gilmore Law 

 Shay Gilmore

Shay Aaron Gilmore is an attorney working with cannabis companies across California who are engaged in all aspects of the legal cannabis industry – including cultivation, manufacturing, product labeling and packaging, distribution and retail sales. Prior to practicing in the cannabis space, Shay worked as in-house counsel for national and global financial services companies. While working as in-house counsel, Shay implemented company-wide compliance programs, conducted corporate investigations, and worked with business partners to negotiate and draft agreements to meet business objectives. Shay graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2001. Following law school, in 2004, Shay was awarded the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services. Shay serves as the current Vice-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Cannabis Law Committee. Shay holds a B.A. in Economics, Spanish and Policy Studies from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.



Mia Butera

Wendel Rosen LLP
1906 Jackson Street, #14
Oakland, CA 94612 | 510-834-6600




Michael Davis

Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo
5075 Hopyard Road, Suite 210
Pleasanton, CA 94588 | 925-251-8504




Daniel Dellafosse

Law Office of Daniel Dellafosse
125 12th Street, Suite 100-BALI
Oakland, CA 94607

Daniel Dellafosse is a bay area native.  He provides corporate and business legal services to tech startups, small to mid-size businesses, and startups or existing businesses in California’s newest emerging industry.  His compliance practice area focuses on local permitting and state licensing for all businesses looking to enter or continue in California’s newest industry.  Daniel earned his undergraduate business degree from San Diego State University.  After a ten year career as a sales representative in the medical device industry, he decided to go to law school.  He graduated in 2016 with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  Shortly after graduation, he started his solo practice as a participant in the Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI).  He enjoys cooking, fishing, and spending time with his family.  



Pamela Epstein

1212 Broadway Ste 910
Oakland, CA 94612 | 520-904-1482




Richard Poulson

Law Office of Richard H. Poulson
2233 Santa Clara Avenue, Suite 3
Alameda, CA 94501



Dominic Ripoli

5161 Mathewson Ct
Berkeley, CA 94531 | 510-882-1317

 Dominic Ripoli



Christina Sava 

Anthony Law Group
(510) 842-3553

 Christina Salva

Christina is an associate attorney at the Anthony Law Group, a boutique cannabis law firm specializing in cannabis compliance, government relations, and administrative law. Christina serves as general outside counsel for clients transitioning from the underground to the regulated marketplace, assisting with startup matters such as entity formation and lease negotiation, permit and licensing issues, and compliant operations. She is an expert at local government relations. Christina graduated with honors from the University of Miami, where she also learned how to be a Mindfulness in Law educator. She still speaks on the topic of mindfulness for professional at conferences around the country.