NORML’s Key West Legal Seminar has outstanding speakers from around the country presenting important topics such as: issues related to defense of marijuana consumers, legal issues in the cannabis industry, and resources to support each other in the pursuit of justice.
Natalie Alane of Alane Family Law, P.C., dedicates her practice to litigation and appeals in all areas of family law. She is a proud member of the NORML Legal Committee. In addition to practicing law and growing her law business, Natalie is an avid backpacker and intrepid traveler. She’s visited all fifty states and knocked off four continents so far. Her proudest outdoor accomplishment is summiting 15,200 feet in the Andes Mountains in Peru and, second to that, braving the world’s highest bungee jump over the Zambezi River in Africa. A former opera singer, Natalie admires all genres of music and will not miss her annual mecca to Blissfest, Michigan’s most laid back music festival, every summer. Natalie credits yoga, meditation, her amazing husband, and the love of her three cats with helping her stay grounded and focused in her challenging profession.
Erik Altieri is the executive director of the NORML. Previously, he was NORML’s Communications Director and ran the federal and state lobbying efforts and legislative outreach, administered NORML’s social media networks and served as a spokesman to the press from 2007-2015. During this time period he also was the manager of the NORML PAC, and worked to elect marijuana reform-friendly candidates at all levels of government. In 2015, he left NORML to explore other political issue activism including campaign finance reform and tax policy. He returned to NORML as executive director in 2016. He is the ninth executive director since NORML’s founding, and the youngest person named executive director in the organization’s history, an accomplishment recognized by Forbes Magazine when he was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy in 2017. Mr. Altieri is currently based in Washington, DC at NORML’s national headquarters.
Paul Armentano has over two decades experience working professionally in cannabis policy. He is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and he also serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University, where he is the Chair of Science.
His writing on cannabis and cannabis policy has appeared in over 1,000 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies. Mr. Armentano is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has been licensed and translated internationally. He is also the author of the book The Citizen’s Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), available from Whitman Publishing.
He is the 2013 Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013 Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the field of scholarship. He is the 2019 recipient of the Al Horn Memorial Award to Advance the Cause of Justice, presented by the NORML Legal Committee.
David Baugh, an attorney based in Richmond, VA, has been involved in several significant and high profile cases, including the trial of the terrorists in the 1998 bombing of the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; and capital cases in the District of Columbia and Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Baugh is a former president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer and the Richmond Criminal Bar. He frequently lectures on such diverse topics as DNA, the First Amendment, the use of constitutional law as a criminal defense tactic and search and seizure. For his work defending, at the request of the ACLU, the Imperial Wizard of the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan, Mr. Baugh was named a Human Rights Hero by the American Bar Association.
Named one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys and one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Joseph Bondy is an internationally-recognized expert in criminal litigation. With over 25 years of superlative trial and federal sentencing experience, Bondy has advised thousands of clients in complex criminal defense, cannabis business and advocacy, and crisis management matters. The New York Times has described him as “eloquent and armed with the serene demeanor of a surgeon,” saying that “his oratorical intensity hovers at the evangelical.” High Times dubbed Bondy “one of the nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys,” and his outstanding talent for defense strategy has been hailed by such outlets as CNN, Politico, and New York Law Journal, as well as legal analysts from around the world. Bondy’s unique approach to criminal defense and public media strategies were particularly praised on a global level while he represented Lev Parnas, a Guiliani associate connected to the Ukraine scandal leading to Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Bondy and Parnas’s interview on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) was its highest audience-drawing episode of all time, earning an Emmy nomination; and a subsequent feature on Anderson Cooper 360 was one of that program’s most-viewed episodes of the year.
Bondy serves on the Board of Directors for NORML and is a Vice President and Board Member of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Bondy was a leading member of a team of attorneys on the seminal case Washington v Barr (2019), originally Washington v Sessions (2017), which took action against the Department of Justice with the aim to legalize cannabis federally. He is the founder of In The Know 420, a well-known podcast on cannabis law, policy and industry. Bondy is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP).
Dave Branfman has been practicing law in San Diego County for over thirty-five years. His practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, domain names, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music. He has also developed a cutting-edge specialty in the intersection between intellectual property law and the growing medical and recreational marijuana industries and speaks and writes regularly on this subject.
Dave graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University in New York and received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. He is an instructor on intellectual property law at the UCSD (University of California, San Diego) Executive Perspective for Scientists & Engineers program. He is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and the Humboldt Country Growers Alliance. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit San Diego Music Foundation which sponsors the San Diego Music Thing and San Diego Music Awards, was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 – January 2000, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 – 2007. Dave is a member of the California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Section and is Vice-Chair of the Trademark Interest Group of its Executive Committee. He is a regular speaker at Comic-Con and has lectured or spoken on entertainment, intellectual property and Internet Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and California Western School of Law.
Dave has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer® in intellectual property law six times since 2007.
Alex Buscher, Esq. founded Buscher Law LLC in 2018 to provide legal advice to hemp companies in Colorado, and provide information regarding the benefits and uses of hemp nationwide.
At the time, consumers and companies were being told CBD was legal nationwide under the 2014 Farm Bill, which was completely false. In fact, most states still considered hemp a Schedule I substance. This remained true until 2018 when Buscher’s Law Review on CBD was requested by the U.S. Congress prior to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Only after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and subsequent descheduling at the state level was a lawful hemp market realized.
Buscher has extensive knowledge regarding nationwide cannabis regulation, including a keen understanding of the critical importance of sensible and distinct marijuana, hemp, and cannabinoid-specific regulations. Buscher continues to analyze the complex and changing legality of hemp-derived products in all 50 states and advocates for sensible regulation which allows for continued innovation and diversification.
Born in Colorado, Alex has always enjoyed the mountains and outdoor activities that make his home state so incredible. On the weekends you can find Alex breaking trail in remote alpine basins, rope-soloing local cliffs, mountain biking in Moab, splitboarding the backcountry, or snowboarding Telluride, Wolf Creek, and Vail.
Stephen W. Dillon
Steve Dillon has practiced criminal defense throughout the state of Indiana and around the country in both federal and state courts for over forty-two years. He graduated from Purdue University in 1972 (cum laude) with a major in communications and a minor in psychology. Received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 1975 and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in October of 1975. Steve was Deputy Public Defender of Indiana from 1975 until 1977. From 1977 until 1988 he practiced with other private Indianapolis attorneys. In 1988 Steve opened Dillon Law Office in Indianapolis. Steve is a member of the F.I.J.A., Indiana Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NAACP, and the Indiana Bar Association. In 1994, Steve became an active member of the Criminal Justice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and served as chair 2013-2014. Steve is currently active as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pre-trial Release. Steve was a founding member and continues to remain active on NORML’S National Legal Committee. He helped start the Indiana NORML in 1974 and was State Director for over 30 years. He is Chair Emeritus of Indiana NORML Board of Directors. Steve has served as a member of the NORML National Board of Directors since 1991 and was Chairman of the Board from 1999-2011, Vice-Chair 2012-2015 and is currently serving again as Chair.
Steve was honored with several professional, political, and activist awards. In 1999, Steve received the “Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty Award” from the Libertarian Party of Indiana. In 2001, Steve received the “2000 Lights of Liberty Award” from the Advocates of Self-Government for contributing greatly to the spread of libertarian ideas and outstanding contribution to the cause of Liberty. In 2009, Steve received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The National NORML Board of Directors in recognition of a lifetime of activism reforming marijuana laws and advancing the cause of personal freedom. In 2011, Steve received the “Attorney of the Year Award” from the Indiana Cannabis Action Network and Relegalize Indiana. In 2014, Steve received an award for leadership and dedication as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, and in 2014 he received the “NORML Al Horn Memorial Award” for a lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of justice and extraordinary support for NORML from the NORML Legal Committee.
In 2015, Steve received the Indiana NORML “Freedom Award” for furthering the cause of personal freedom in Indiana and the nation. In 2016, Steve received the, “Steve Dasbach Chairman Award for Extraordinary Service” from the Libertarian Party of Indiana for helping to grow the party in extraordinary ways over many years.
Rachel Gillette is among the first attorneys in the nation to dedicate her practice to the cannabis industry. Since 2010, Ms. Gillette has helped marijuana/cannabis businesses with licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. She works with startups and entrepreneurs, investors, and ancillary industry businesses to help develop the cannabis innovation ecosystem, and is a zealous advocate for the industry.
Ms. Gillette regularly represents clients before the IRS’s Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions, including marijuana businesses facing the challenges of IRS adjustments under 280E. She has successfully protested local, state and federal tax deficiencies on behalf of her clients, having prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. She can assist individual and business taxpayers in 280E proposed assessments, offers in compromise, audit examinations, innocent spouse claims, sales, use, and employment tax matters, trust fund tax penalty assessments, penalty abatement’s, and levy releases.
For several years, Ms. Gillette was the executive director of the Colorado state chapter of NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. She was a founding member of Women Grow and the National Cannabis Bar Association. She an advocate as well as an attorney, and is committed to helping change laws – and perceptions – relating to cannabis and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed and regulated.
Ms. Gillette received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. During law school, she interned with the New Haven Public Defender’s office, where she developed her commitment to advocacy for those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.
Gerald “Gerry” Harris Goldstein
Gerry Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas. He is a past president of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as amicus curiae for NACDL in many high-profile cases, including CNN v. Manuel Noriega and Joe Does v. United States, arguing lawyers should not be required to disclose the identity of cash-paying clients on IRS forms.
His forceful Congressional testimony during the 1996 House Waco hearings is credited with helping to turn the tide against further suppression of citizens’ rights in America. More recently, he represented Dr. Al-Badr Al Hazmi, a fifth-year radiology resident in San Antonio who was arrested on Sept. 12, 2001. Subsequently, Goldstein testified before Congress on his client’s request to speak with counsel.
Gerry Goldstein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer’s Legal Legends. He also has been profiled in numerous publications, served as an adjunct professor of law at University of Texas School of Law in Austin and at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He also is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In his role as an adjunct professor, Gerry teaches a course titled Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution). Other lectures and presentations include U.S. Supreme Court updates, Crawford & the Current State of the Hearsay Rule, Crossing the Double Crosser and Federal Appeals.
His published works include: Grand Jury Practice; Pretrial Release; Indictment [Joinder/Severance/Transfer]; Pretrial Motions; Suppression of Evidence; Jury Selection; Trial [Evidence]; Examination of Witnesses; Jury Instructions; Closing Arguments; Creative Trial Techniques; Criminal Issues – Civil Cases; Jury Arguments [Closings to Remember]; Search and Seizure; Life and Hearsay – Post Crawford Era; Federal Appeals; and Supreme Court Review.
Gerry earned his juris doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, in 1968. He also graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1965, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Gerry received a certification in Criminal Law in 1975 from the State Bar of Texas. He holds the following bar admissions: Texas (1968), Colorado (1989), U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit (1982), U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit (1979), U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit (1981) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1975).
Gerry Goldstein received NORML’s Al Horn Memorial award in 1999, which commemorated a lifetime of advocacy and support for responsible marijuana law reform. He has also received the following honors and awards: Best Lawyers in America, 1987 — Present; Texas Monthly – Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2003 — 2007; Scene in SA Monthly – San Antonio’s Best Attorneys, San Antonio Law, Top Ten Lawyers, 2004 — present; Texas Lawyer Legal Legends, 100 Best Lawyers over Last 100 years (100 Year Anniversary of State Bar of Texas), 2000; Fellow, State Bar Foundation, 1976 — Present; Recipient, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award [Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney in the United States] from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991; Recipient, Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas from the State Bar of Texas, 1991; Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award [Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Advocacy] from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1993; Recipient, John Henry Faulk Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2002; Marquis Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Law, 14th Edition, 2006 — 2008; First Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award, George Washington University, (May, 2016); William S. Sessions American Inns of Court First Annual Goldstein Award of Excellence (2015); San Antonio Bar Association, Joe Frazier Brown, Jr., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Legal Community & Citizens of Texas, 2016.
He is a member of the following professional associations: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1994 — 1995); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates, President ; Dean’s Round Table, University of Texas School of Law; Texas Civil Liberties Union; San Antonio Bar Association; American Bar Association; and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
John Wesley Hall
John Wesley Hall, Little Rock criminal defense attorney, is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Hall received the organization’s prestigious Robert C. Heeney Award in 2002 for service to the criminal defense bar. He was chair of the NACDL Ethics Advisory Committee from 1990-2005, and on the International Criminal Court’s Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal. He has tried 250+ jury trials and handled 250+ appeals, including three in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of Search and Seizure (3d ed., 4th ed. forthcoming), Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice (3d ed.), Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers (4th ed.), and numerous articles. He has done CLEs in 38 states, 3 provinces, and The Hague.
Bernard A. Jocuns
Bernard Jocuns, a Lapeer Criminal Defense Lawyer, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent his formative years in Central Pennsylvania. Upon graduating High School “Bernie” entered the United States Army (like some of his heroes President Jimmy Carter & Dr. Howard Zinn honorably served their Nation as doves, not hawks). After honorably serving our nation overseas during the First Gulf War, Bernie returned to Central Pennsylvania to study at the Pennsylvania State University. While extensively travelling and working, Bernie completed his Bachelor of Arts degrees in two and a half years. After extensive travelling and soul searching, Bernie moved to Michigan and successfully completed his Juris Doctor degree.
After working in the entertainment industry in Atlanta for two (2) years, Bernie decided that his true passion was to be an activist and trial attorney. After becoming a Member of the State bar of Michigan in 2003, Bernie eventually started his own practice in 2006 and permanently moving to Lapeer, Michigan in 2009. When asked by people why Lapeer? Bernie’s response; “Why not”? “This is a nice close knit community that is really the hub of the State and it is nice to practice in more populated areas without the hustle and bustle of having to live there”. “I have always enjoyed city life and culture, but never enjoyed simple tasks becoming unnecessarily complex”.
Stephen Komie is the principal of Komie and Associates in Chicago specializing in federal and state trial and appellate practice since 1976; admitted to U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits; U.S. District Court for Central, Northern, and Southern Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana, the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Eastern District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. Tax Court; and the Illinois Supreme Court; Faculty: Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminars and local Bar sponsored programs; Panel attorney, Federal Defender Program, Northern District of Illinois.
Member NORML Legal Committee. Member Illinois State Bar Association, 1973. Elected Secretary 1996-1997; elected Board of Governors 1992-2005, 2011-2017; elected member of the Assembly 1985-2019; served as chairman of Committee on Credentials, and member of By-Laws Committee, of the Assembly; member of the following committees: Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, A.R.D.C. Committee; Chairman, Criminal Justice Section, Chairman, Committee on Professionalism; and Committee on Traffic Courts and the Law; appearances on legislative issues for ISBA at the General Assembly and United States Congress; former member ISBA Young Lawyers Section, and participant in annual local Outreach Meetings sponsored by Young Lawyers Section. Director, Illinois Bar Foundation, Chicago Bar Association liaison to ABA Criminal Justice Section; past chairperson of Criminal Law, and Defense of Prisoners Committees of the CBA; Member American Bar Association, 1976, Elected Member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, served on the Defense Function Committee of the Criminal
Justice Section, and as Chair of the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Committee, 1993- 1995; founding member Illinois Attorney’s for Criminal Justice: member Illinois Trial
Lawyers Association; served on the Board of Directors and as the Parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; member NACDL CFAA Reform White
Collar Crime Subcommittee 2014; member Chicago Lincoln American Inn of Court and International Bar Association; and Chairperson Family Law Section International Bar
American Trial Lawyers Association National Public Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Representation of the Needle Exchange Program to Prevent the Spread of AIDS, July, 1994; ISBA Board of Governors Award for Advocating Individual Rights of Lawyers in Disciplinary Proceedings and for Services to the Bar, June, 1991; Illinois Bar Foundation Pillar of the Profession, 2006; Certificates of Appreciation CBA, ISBA, NACDL and NORML; Francis W. Parker School Alumni Service Award 2012; 2012 ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award; 2017 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award; Martindale Hubbell “AV” rating; voted an Illinois Leading Lawyer 2017; and voted a Super Lawyer 2004-2018.
Gregory J. Morse, Esq. is a partner at the law firm of Morse & Morse, LLC with Amy Morse, Esq. and of counsel to Richard G. Lubin, P.A. in Palm Beach County, Florida. He and his law partner primarily practice state and federal criminal defense and heath care law. He began his legal career in 2000 at the West Palm Beach Public Defender’s Office and is currently CJA counsel in the Southern District of Florida. Gregory has had cases featured on: 48 hours, Inside Edition, American Monster, and In Ice Cold Blood.
Gregory graduated cum laude from New York Law School in 2000; he was a member of the International and Comparative Law Journal. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from State University of New York at Buffalo and The University of North London, London, England in 1997. He has been published in the New York Law School Law Review: Techno-Jury: Techniques in Verbal and Visual Persuasion, Vol. 54, No. 1 (2009/10). He has presented on the topics of: Technology in the Courtroom and Techniques in Direct and Cross Examination.
Gregory is an Emeritus member of the Craig S. Barnard Chapter of the American Inns of Court (board member from 2005-2010). He is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and N.A.C.D.L. He is considered a Top 100 trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and a 10 Best Attorney in Florida by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. He was also legal advisor and Chairperson to the City of West Palm Beach’s Nuisance Board (2007-10). Prior to attending college and law school, he was the youngest elected shop steward of Service Employees’ International Union, Local 32 B&J in NY, NY.
William H. Murphy, Jr.
William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. has practiced law for 35 years, including three years as a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the highest level Maryland trial court. Mr. Murphy has tried numerous high-profile criminal and civil cases, including some of the most celebrated cases in Maryland history and in the country. In 2004, Mr. Murphy received the Charles Hamilton Houston Award for Lifetime Achievement in Litigation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in “recognition of his career of excellence, innovation and achievement in courtroom advocacy.”
Known as the “Godfather of Marijuana” for his work enacting and promoting Nevada’s marijuana industry, Tick Segerblom is one of the world’s leading pro-marijuana politicians. Tick authored Nevada’s Medical Marijuana law, served as Co-Chair Nevada’s recreational marijuana initiative – Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol, and is now pushing for public use lounges and events as a County Commissioner in Las Vegas. Segerblom, a fourth generation Nevada legislator, served in the Nevada legislature for 12 years and previously served in the White House under President Carter and was State Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party from 1990-94. Segerblom graduated from Pomona College and the University of Denver Law School – before it was known for its cannabis expertise. He practices plaintiffs’ employment law and has been listed of one of Nevada’s best lawyers for nearly 30 years.
Jeri Shepherd is an attorney in Greeley, Colorado where she has lived since 1986. She has supported legalizing cannabis/marijuana for all of her adult life, opposes the Drug War in general, and also supports the legalizing (or at least decriminalizing) of all drugs. She has been a 4 time volunteer circulator for initiatives relating to cannabis/marijuana (2x in the 1990s, 2016 for 44, 2012 for A64); She has testified at city councils and the CO legislature in support of good cannabis policy and in opposition to bad cannabis policy. Jeri is a current board member for CO NORML (Communications Director). She was a Deputy State Public Defender for 26 years, and still practicing part time. She is a current DNC member, and is heavily involved in the support of political candidates and issue advocacy. She makes every effort to be connected to community in all endeavors. Jeri lives with 2 cats and enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, live music, and connecting with friends/family. She travels often to Wisconsin to see her SO.
Vince Sliwoski is a partner with Harris Bricken. He runs the firm’s Oregon office, and his clients run the gamut from individual investors and entrepreneurs to widely held domestic and international corporations. Since 2011, he has represented a large number of cannabis entities through corporate structuring, commercial transactions, and early stage dispute resolution. Vince publishes Harris Bricken’s award-winning Canna Law Blog, and has served as a professor of “Cannabis Law & Policy” at Lewis & Clark Law School since 2017.
Dan Viets is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, MO, concentrating on the defense of marijuana cases. He has served for many years as the Missouri State Coordinator for NORML. He is a former president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, former chair of the board of the Mid-Missouri ACLU, former president of the University of Missouri student body and former chair of the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Viets was the recipient of the 1993 Martin Luther King Association’s “Keeping the Dream Alive” award and the 1995 Mid-Missouri “Civil Libertarian of the Year.” Dan was named High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month in March, 2005 for his work helping to pass both a marijuana decriminalization initiative and a medical marijuana initiative in the November, 2004 election in Columbia. He received the 2005 Atticus Finch Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In January, 2006 he received the Trailblazer award from the Mid-Missouri NAACP. He received the “Audiencey Award” from Conan O’Brien on the Tonight Show for looking most like the college professor who could always get you weed.
Dan hosts a weekly radio program, called “Sex, Drugs and Civil Liberties”, on a community station affiliated with National Public Radio. He chaired the Board of New Approach Missouri which legalized medical marijuana in 2018 and plans to legalize Adult Use and Cultivation in 2022.