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The Pacific Northwest’s
Premier Cannabis Law Firm

Portland Marijuana Lawyer & Oregon Hemp Attorney

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Cannabis Experience That Counts

Our attorneys are experienced, connected, and influential in the cannabis industry.

We not only produce unparalleled professional results for clients, but our strategic legal counsel also lead the way in helping develop new laws and policies applicable to marijuana businesses.

We are well known in the legal community, connecting with influential industry leaders through a variety of professional associations and teaching Continuing Legal Education seminars educating other attorneys about the important nuances in practicing in this unique and burgeoning industry.

Clients Choose Us For

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

We handle OLCC licensing and license violations.

Legal Experience

We are leaders in cannabis business law, litigation, and compliance.

Cannabis Industry Pioneering

We work with legislators, lobbyist, industry leaders and ancillary businesses of the highest caliber.

Our Partnership Mindset

Your business’ success is our passion

Focused on Lasting Relationships

Our undisputed reputation is built on excellence, professionalism and renown among prestigious cannabis corporations and the legal community. We focus on developing strong relationships with our clients and our testimonials reflect our commitment to serve our clients. Contact us to find out how Cultiva Law’s team of tenacious strategic legal counsel can serve you.

Business Law

CBD, Hemp and Cannabis Counsel

Corporate Restructuring

Strategic Business Relationships

Managing Investments and Investment Agreements

Securing Licensing Agreements

Financing and Reporting Strategies

Resolving Taxation Matters

Business Entity Formation and Dissolution

Purchase and Sale of Businesses/Licenses

Contract Review and Enforcement

Real Estate Solutions, Including Lease or Purchase/Sale Agreements

Drafting and Negotiating Business Agreements

Litigation

Breach of Contract and Related Claims

Employee and Employment Issues

Trademark Disputes and Defense

Constitutional Challenges to Local Ordinances

Forfeiture and Criminal Charges

Settlement Negotiations

Administrative Hearings

Partner and Ownership Disputes

Contested Company Dissolutions

Compliance

OLCC License Violation Defense

Monitoring OLCC Regulation Changes

OLCC Compliance Audits

Corporate Governance and Policy Guides

Corporate and Internal Investigations

OLCC Licensure and License Application Process

Business License Registration

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Compliance

Risk Mitigation

Business Law

CBD, Hemp and Cannabis Counsel

Corporate Restructuring

Strategic Business Relationships

Managing Investments and Investment Agreements

Securing Licensing Agreements

Financing and Reporting Strategies

Resolving Taxation Matters

Business Entity Formation and Dissolution

Purchase and Sale of Businesses/Licenses

Contract Review and Enforcement

Real Estate Solutions, Including Lease or Purchase/Sale Agreements

Drafting and Negotiating Business Agreements

Litigation

Breach of Contract and Related Claims

Employee and Employment Issues

Trademark Disputes and Defense

Constitutional Challenges to Local Ordinances

Forfeiture and Criminal Charges

Settlement Negotiations

Administrative Hearings

Partner and Ownership Disputes

Contested Company Dissolutions

Compliance

OLCC License Violation Defense

Monitoring OLCC Regulation Changes

OLCC Compliance Audits

Corporate Governance and Policy Guides

Corporate and Internal Investigations

OLCC Licensure and License Application Process

Business License Registration

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Compliance

Risk Mitigation

Rated 5 Stars by Over 55 Clients

“I have worked with Cultiva Law over the last year on various cannabis businesses. They are direct and easy to get ahold of which is critical in this industry. They are very pleasant to work with and make difficult issues easier to deal with. They are knowledgeable about each type of cannabis license in Oregon and helped us through numerous issues we encountered.”

—Margot Wheeler

Meet The Team

Cultiva Law is a streamlined team of widely experienced cannabis and business lawyers – not a solo practice, and not a sideline of a large, corporate law firm. We’re the size of practice the industry calls for – fast, flexible and fiercely tenacious as needed. We embody integrity and reliability, and a offer our full commitment to each individual client of every size and ambition.

Aaron Pelley <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Aaron Pelley
Attorney
Aaron Pelley has played an active role in Cannabis Law for over a decade. He helped build the foundation for legal protections in medical cannabis law and is a leading advocate for the cannabis business. His passion for this new realm of practice led to the launch of Cultiva and the formation of a boutique...
Ted Bernhard <br/><span class="teamTitle">Managing Partner</span> Ted Bernhard
Managing Partner
Ted Bernhard is a seasoned business, securities, tax, and regulatory compliance attorney with a professional career spanning over two decades. He began his legal career with one of the largest and most prominent law firms in the Pacific Northwest and joined Cultiva Law to continue serving entrepreneurs, businesses, and private equity investors....
Autumn Stensen <br/><span class="teamTitle">Chief Operations Officer</span> Autumn Stensen
Chief Operations Officer
As the Operations Manager at Cultiva Law, Autumn prides herself on client service and also fostering a team-oriented work culture. She helps manage a diverse and community minded team that are highly organized and client focused. In addition, Autumn created and maintains organizational policies, practices, and procedures and each day brings her exceptional professional interpersonal
Fabiola Jimenez <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Fabiola Jimenez
Attorney
Fabiola “Fabi” Jimenez, is a Washington State Native, with connections spanning Marysville to Walla Walla. With a background in corporate transactions, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and marketing, she brings her immense expertise to help clients during every stage of business development, growth and change. She aids her clients with issues regarding privacy, restricted product...
Michael Solomon <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Michael Solomon
Attorney
Civil litigation has been at the heart of Michael’s practice for his entire professional career. His wide ranging experience runs the gamut of commercial, insurance, employment, and professional liability. Mr. Solomon graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University School of Law. He represented plaintiffs and defendants in the Greater Philadelphia Area...
Dylan McMerrick <br/><span class="teamTitle">IT Director</span> Dylan McMerrick
IT Director
Dylan McMerrick is the Technology specialist for all of Cultiva law. His work keeps us all up, running, leading the way with innovative solutions and technology for all of our needs. A Pacific Northwest native, Dylan has lived in Portland his entire life. He has worked in customer service as well as working for...
Mio Asami <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Mio Asami
Attorney
Mio Asami, born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, grew up sharing time between the United States and Tokyo, Japan. Following an unconventional path, she possesses a background in transactional business law, intellectual property law, and videography. Mio is a licensed attorney in California with a focus on the Los Angeles, aiding businesses navigate
Veronica Darling <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Veronica Darling
Attorney
Veronica is a Pacific Northwest native with over a decade of experience in strategic business planning, complex commercial litigation, and regulatory compliance. Over the last four years, she has become intimately involved in navigating the Oregon cannabis regulatory landscape, serving as compliance and regulatory counsel for a local cannabis processor. Prior to returning to Portland...
Chris Girard <br/><span class="teamTitle">Strategic Development</span> Chris Girard
Strategic Development
Chris Girard aims to bring legitimacy to a once prohibited industry. Mr. Girard hails from the State of Washington, where he was a principle part of the legal support team for several years at the premier Cannabis law firm Pelley Law Group, which is now Cultiva Law, PLLC. During this time Chris was exposed to...
Katia Alcantar <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Katia Alcantar
Attorney
Katia is a cannabis business litigator representing clients as plaintiffs and defendants in disputes concerning contracts, commercial leases, and business torts.She has litigated in state and federal courts, before arbitrators, and on appeal. Katia has a proven track record resolving disputes inside and outside of the courtroom, consistently getting favorable results for her clients
Shay Mayson <br/><span class="teamTitle">Administrative Coordinator</span> Shay Mayson
Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Mayson is a perfect representation of her upbringing, growing up between rural and urban, she is an innate “people person” who thrives in environments where she can interact with and help people, from all walks of life, daily. Shay’s path initially began with a multi-national coffee company where she expanded her base knowledge, learning...
Kenneth Ford <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Kenneth Ford
Attorney
While Ken's practice at Cultiva Law primarily focuses on representing cannabis industry clients in litigation, he is well-versed in many areas of the law. With a background in corporate litigation, industry compliance, corporate transactions, and intellectual property, Ken is thrilled to meld these passions to cultivate effective legal solutions across all stages of corporate development,
Thomas Butcher <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Thomas Butcher
Attorney
Thomas Butcher combines a strong passion for litigation and hard work to reach the best outcome for his clients on a daily basis. In his legal practice, Thomas’ focus is in the representation of clients, ranging from farmers, processors and retail owners, in disputes concerning administrative violation notices, while providing strategic solutions for their business...
Karen Albence <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Karen Albence
Attorney
Karen Albence practices in the State of California for Cultiva Law and has cases and vast experience in numerous counties all over California. She also has litigated and is licensed to practice in Hawaii. Karen concentrates in litigation, and is experienced in all phases of civil and commercial litigation. However, she also has many years...
Nicole Rappaport <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Nicole Rappaport
Attorney
Nicole Rappaport is a seasoned attorney with over 15 years of experience spanning across three states. Over the course of her career, she has represented a wide variety of clients in multiple legal arenas. From labor and employment law to housing and domestic relations, she spent most of her formative years in the court room....
Matthew Cleary <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Matthew Cleary
Attorney
Mr. Cleary is a business, transaction, and litigation lawyer with a particular emphasis on the regulated cannabis industry. He also has experience in intellectual property, corporate formation, and cryptocurrency law. Notably, Mr. Cleary co-authored a chapter in the book “The Law of Bitcoin,” published by iUniverse Publishing. Mr. Cleary represents cannabis industry business clients on
Jason Beahm <br/><span class="teamTitle">Attorney</span> Jason Beahm
Attorney
Jason Beahm is the Senior Counsel at Cultiva Law in San Francisco. His firm has won SF Weekly’s “Best of San Francisco” award four out of the past five years. Beahm is the co-host of the Festival Lawyer Podcast, and has spoken at festivals, universities and events across the United States. He has a broad-based...

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From Suite 420 of the historic Fair Haired Dumbbell in downtown Portland, Cultiva Law offers clients a skillful set of sophisticated, agile, and effective attorneys.

Business Hours

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Phones are OPEN 24/7

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