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  • Cannabis

    Counseled a client in preparing for obtaining an industrial-hemp growing license, including citing, materials and an agriculture application.

  • Commercial Litigation

    Defended Oneida Indian Nation Police Department officers in an excessive-force lawsuit filed in federal court. Obtained complete dismissal of the case on summary judgment after discovery.

  • Cannabis

    Assisted with real estate leasing and property options for facilities including production for CBD isolates. 

  • Cannabis

    Assisted with an NY Department of Agriculture & Markets, Plant Industry Division application for authorization to process hemp on behalf of wholly owned subsidiary, Wellmade Supplements, LLC.

  • Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

    Successfully opposed portions of a motion to approve bidding procedures for a sale of assets.

  • Elder Law & Medicaid Planning

    Assisted a client with a progressive memory impairment in obtaining Community Medicaid that allowed him and his wife to continue living together in a community. When the client’s disease progressed, helped him successfully enter a nursing home while protecting he and his wife’s assets, which allowed her to remain in the community.

  • Elder Law & Medicaid Planning

    Successfully prosecuted a Chronic Care Medicaid application and protected a modest amount of assets for a client. Also performed forensic accounting to assure no prior gifts would contaminate the client’s plan, helped the family avoid probate, protected life insurance and qualified funds, and reviewed and approved the Medicaid determination.

  • Elder Law & Medicaid Planning

    Helped an 88-year-old client remain in his home in the community by getting him Community Medicaid that paid for aide service and up to $45,000 in home improvements every three years. Protected the client’s home, the balance of assets, and secured rights for the client’s disabled daughter to be paid $11/hour to look after him.

  • Cannabis

    Represented a client in a dispute over the ownership of a medical marijuana licensee, resulting in a nearly $1 million buyout.

  • Cannabis

    Advised client on regulatory constraints regarding employing felons in a hemp business.

  • Insurance Coverage & Regulation

    Obtained summary-judgment dismissal of a complaint against the county and district attorneys that sought $9 million in damages for malicious prosecution. 

  • Cannabis

    Counseled and assisted professional athlete regarding investment and involvement in cannabis business, including disputes with business partners and with sport governing body.

  • Commercial Litigation

    Represented a municipal client whose competitor sued to invalidate a public-property lease the client had entered into with a for-profit enterprise on the basis of statutory and constitutional grounds. The firm cross-moved for judgment, sucessfully obtaining a denial of the competitor's motion with the court granting the client's cross-motion and dismissing the case.

  • Cannabis

    Drafted an agreement to purchase industrial hemp biomass for a cannabinoid-products company.

  • Corporate

    Counseled a private liberal arts college on its overseas program, including relationship-building and documenting agreements for the provision of educational instruction at partner institutions overseas.

  • Real Property Tax & Condemnation

    On behalf of the New York Land Bank Association, drafted five successful amendments to Article 16 (The Land Bank Act) of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law that were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • Cannabis

    Assisted client's wholly owned subsidiary in submitting a NY Department of Agriculture & Markets, Plant Industry Division application for authorization to process hemp, resulting in successful licensure.

  • Labor & Employment

    Obtained summary judgment in a toxic-exposure and NYS Labor Law case with significant injuries claimed.

  • Cannabis

    Advising a client on the tax implications of operating an industrial hemp business, including analyzing Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Cannabis

    Created a NY LLC (Salus Scientific, LLC) that can acquire, possess, manufacture, sell, deliver, transport, distribute, and dispense marijuana for certified medical use.

  • Environmental

    Successfully defended action brought by a consortium of enviromental groups challenging the environmental review and permitting conducted by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for the resumption of operations of a historically coal-fired electric generating facility on natural gas. Secured a successful outcome before the lower court that withstood appeal following the Appellate Division's granting of the motion to dismiss the appeal as moot.

  • Cannabis

    Negotiated a facility lease for a hemp processing manufacturer.

  • Elder Law & Medicaid Planning

    Helped a paraplegic move into his daughter’s home, successfully obtain Community Medicaid, and obtain 24/7 care paid for by the Community Medicaid. Also secured rights for the client's daughter to charge him $3,500/month in rent. 

  • Cannabis

    Assisted an industrial hemp client with the purchase of a $4.5 million facility to use for statewide hemp processing, including obtaining various license approvals and collecting letters of support from local and state government officials.

  • Media & First Amendment Law

    Successfully prosecuted an Article 78 proceeding on behalf of local news media to obtain public records (video recordings) concerning an assault by law enforecement against an unarmed detainee.

  • Environmental

    Represented a residential hamlet and the Town of Pomfret to establish a water district and to finance improvements pursuant to NYS Town Law, including SEQRA compliance, governmental permitting, and USA Rural Development Agency finance. 

  • Construction & Surety

    Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a complaint against a commercial real estate developer and local industrial development agency that sought to foreclose a mechanics’ lien for over $250,000.

  • Insurance Coverage & Regulation

    Represented a large private university in Upstate New York on its rights to insurance coverage with regard to multiple sexual harrassment claims. 

  • Cannabis

    Assisted client in applying for and obtaining registered organization status as one of the first five registered organizations authorized to grow, produce, and distribute in NYS under the NYS Compassionate Care Act. Continuing working on maintaining status and assisting with regulatory compliance. Researched pharmaceutical-grade honey for use in a medical lozenge. Handling facility issues.

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