PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2022—Duane Morris LLP has been shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for U.S. Cannabis Law Firm of the Year for 2022. This award recognizes a law firm’s preeminence in a practice nationally and acknowledges Duane Morris’ achievements, strategic growth and excellence in client service over the past 12 months. The winner will be announced at the Chambers USA Awards 2022 on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
Since 2015, Duane Morris’ Cannabis Industry Group has represented businesses and individuals at every level of the commercial cannabis (marijuana and hemp) ecosystem. Duane Morris attorneys serve as trusted business partners to medical and recreational cannabis operators, investors, lenders and others on complex M&A and capital transactions, through planning, licensing, real estate, tax, intellectual property, labor and day-to-day business advice. Duane Morris attorneys have more than a decade of hands-on experience advising clients based in the United States, Canada and other countries on the complex interplay of federal, state and local laws, regulations and governmental guidance relevant to conducting business and investing in cannabis.
Duane Morris has provided corporate governance and capital formation advice on both public and private securities offerings on behalf of privately and publicly held cannabis companies, including serving as counsel in the first investment-bank-led public offering by a U.S. cannabis company. Additionally, the firm served as lead counsel for the first-ever trademark infringement action arising out of cannabis branding, and regularly represent clients in litigated matters including patent and trademark protection and enforcement matters. Duane Morris also represents the full range of business vendors that supply their products and services to the cannabis industry, such as raw materials, technology, advertising, social media, consumption products and security companies. Duane Morris has advised a wide variety of noncannabis companies ‒ including traditional consumer goods companies, real estate developers, insurance companies, banks, media companies, government contractors, broker-dealers, and private equity and venture capital funds ‒ in evaluating the regulatory and business considerations pertinent to entering into the cannabis space.
Duane Morris attorneys are thought leaders in a wide range of industry associations, advocacy groups and social justice initiatives, all with the same forward-looking objective of an expanding and increasingly sophisticated cannabis industry. Duane Morris is the national law firm partner of the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp, the first ever partnership between a major law firm and trade organization in this industry. Duane Morris attorneys lead and advise state advocacy organizations and participate in national advocacy groups as well, including ATACH’s Cannabis Beverage Council, Capital Markets Council and Hemp Task Force. Duane Morris’s Cannabis Industry Blog and regular webinars are known throughout the industry.