Addressing your specific needs as cultivators, dispensaries, manufacturers, retailers, and other cannabis-related businesses in our emerging industry.


You deserve the finest lawyers AVAILABLE. Don't risk your business on anything less.




We provide expert regulatory support and extensive corporate guidance that your cannabis business needs to flourish without fear of unjust legal harm.

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Cannabis Compliance Lawyers brings more than 40 years of experience in administrative hearings, contract review and negotiation, business litigation, construction advice and intellectual property protection.

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We offer industry leading experience to provide our clients the most informative counseling and advice available.  Discover how Cannabis Compliance Lawyers can help you strengthen and grow your marijuana enterprise.


Business Formation

Cannabis Compliance Lawyers provides local, regional and national business clients with a comprehensive understanding of the strategic advantages and disadvantages of various business organization options.  ...More

Cannabis Intellectual Property

Cannabis Compliance Lawyers has decades of experience in developing and protecting intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents across the country.  ...More

Mergers and Acquisitions

There is a substantial market for cannabis related businesses, and that trend will continue. These transactions can be very complex, with a myriad of regulatory hurdles, rife with tax and liability implications.  Our experience can be invaluable to your transaction.  ...More


We have successfully represented marijuana businesses in their legal disputes relating to contracts, intellectual property rights, licensing, administrative appeals, municipal disputes, landlord tenant issues and other matters.  Our experience translates to your success.  ...More

Licensing & Registration

Cannabis Compliance Lawyers understand every essential step of the licensing and registration procedures that you must navigate to establish a strong foundation for your business and your investors.  ...More

Cannabis Business Contracts

When it comes to delivering long-term business security and success, well drafted contracts are critical.  up to date knowledge of new cannabis regulations and pending legislation are critical to your mission.  ...More    

Administrative Hearings

Applying for marijuana and cannabis based licenses or registrations may involve an administrative hearing to determine whether or not the applicant has met the requisite requirements as part of the application, to obtain clarifications and address concerns.   ...More

Arbitration and Mediation

In more recent years, many businesses have turned to various alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) techniques to resolve or rule upon business disputes. ADR methods include arbitration, conciliation, mediation, early neutral evaluations, and variations of each.  ...More


Cannabis Compliance Lawyers are known for their ability to combine business strategy with excellence in navigating the difficult aspects of marijuana law.  


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Deal Closers

Our lawyers are focused on getting your deal closed. We have experience serving both new and established companies with previous experience in the cannabis markets.  As a result we are often able to complete all aspects of your deal for a new business at a total cost that is cost-effective.

Our lawyers are skilled in closing deals in a variety of situations, across a variety of venues. We have excellent legal and business contacts in nearly every state of our Nation, and utilize those contacts to leverage the best result for our clients.

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Outcome Oriented

We are outcome oriented. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing exceptional service with good judgment, common sense and a simple and practical approach to what every client expects.

We don’t squander our time on unimportant procedural points or extreme bargaining positions. We act quickly and efficiently, and we negotiate without grandstanding or obsessing over irrelevant legal points.  We understand that time equals money, but also that some matters must be challenged on the basis of principle.

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 Client Focused

We have learned from more than 25 years of business experience, from small business to multi-billion dollar enterprises, and bring that experience to your transaction. Every client works directly with our experienced attorneys start to finish.

We bring value to every transaction. We start with due diligence.  We recognize potential problems before they arise and we develop inventive solutions to handle the toughest issues from the outset.

Cannabis Compliance Lawyers has helped clients acquire and market companies in California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington.


Finnerty Law Offices, Inc.

Kathleen Finnerty has more than 25 years of experience representing banks, financial institutions, developers and other Fortune 500 companies. Over the past four years Kathleen as helped create, defend and advise numerous medical cannabis businesses in licensing, compliance, finance and real estate matters. She is currently advising dozens of soon to be recreational cannabis businesses.

Kathleen is dedicated to working with her clients and local communities to continue to legitimize the cannabis industry, assist businesses in complying with the law, and making medical cannabis more accessible to the patients who need it.

Kathleen provides extensive counsel to medical marijuana businesses and cultivators on the laws, rules and regulation at the federal, state and local level.  Navigating the myriad of complex regulations at state and local level is critical to her client’s success.

Being in Sacramento has significant advantages.  Kathleen regularly meets with political and regulatory policy makers, and her staff maintains a data base of recent criminal and civil enforcement activities to stay apprised of this rapidly changing industry.

Kathleen is a highly respected and experienced business lawyer. She is rated Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent®.  AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

She has consistently been ranked as of one of the:

  • Best Lawyers in Sacramento – 2007 – 2017

  • Best Lawyers in America for years 2010 – 2017.

  • U.S. News and Reviews Best Law Firms – 2010 – 2017

She is also a member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court since 2009, and has been an active member of Operation Protect & Defend, a program of judges and lawyers dedicated to teaching civics and the United States Constitution to Sacramento area high school students.

When not practicing law, Kathleen can be found riding her competition show horses and spending time with family and friends.

Cannabis Compliance Lawyers work closely with lawmaker, regulators, and law enforcement.  We are keenly aware of compliance mandates, so we can establish, protect, and secure your marijuana enterprise.

Get established the right way from the beginning to avoid costly litigation, and fines.  We can navigate the maze of laws, so you can confidently launch and grow your business.

Invest wisely in a professional team of attorneys who can deliver the legal counsel and business advise you need to achieve your vision.



The AVVO rating is based on a scale of 1-10.  The rating of 1 means to use use extreme caution, and 10 signifies superb.  Kathleen Finnerty has been recognized with the highest rating.   

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Posted By Terri.  August 2, 2016

A customer had failed to pay us $300,000 which was a huge hit.  Kathleen took the case to trial, won our money back, and collected her attorney's fees from them!  


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National Organization For The Reform Of Marijuana laws.

NORML LEGAL COMMITTEE: We have dozens of existing clients in many facets of the Cannabis industry across the state. Whether you need corporate advice, strategic consulting or other legal services, we are prepared to assist you.