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JasonKlimek

Special Counsel

Overview

Biography

Jason is the co-leader of the firm’s Cannabis Team. He primarily concentrates his practice on the nuanced processes of structuring, licensing, and maintaining compliant cannabis businesses at the federal, state, and local levels. He has extensive experience advising clients, including cannabis companies, startups, small to midsize technology companies, and medical professionals, on various complex federal and state tax compliance issues affecting cannabis-touching businesses as well as entity selection, funding, intellectual property, employment matters, and securities transactions.  

As the chair of the Tax Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Cannabis Law Section and a member of the section's Executive Committee, Jason is at the epicenter of cannabis law and policy developments in New York State. This places him in a unique position to help New York State set the highest possible legal and business standards for legalized cannabis products. Jason also serves as the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law Tax Section liaison. 
 

Bar Associations

  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association Cannabis Law Section, Tax Committee, Chair; Executive Committee, Member

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Cannabis Association of New York, Policy Committee, Chair
Experience

Prior Experience

  • Woods Oviatt Gilman, Associate
  • Boylan Code LLP, Senior Associate
  • Harris, Chesworth, Johnstone & Welch, LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • HempLab, Inc., Former Director
  • Roc NORML, Inc., Former Director

Selected Honors

  • Touro Law Center, CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Federal Income Tax
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Monroe County Bar Association, "The New Cannabis Law: Business, Ethics, Crime" CLE
  • HempLab NY, NYS Cannabis Legislation Workshop, Panelist
  • New York State Bar Association, "Bridging the Gap" CLE

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Office of Cannabis Management Preview of NYS Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations

Alerts

Moving Defendant Relying on a Complete Defense Need Not Disprove Every Exception

Alerts

Red Flags That a Company May Be in Financial Trouble, Part 1

Alerts

NYS Appellate Court Sustains College's Tenure Terminations

Alerts

New Guidance for Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries in New York State

Alerts

ADA Accessibility Lawsuits: Tester Plaintiffs—Deborah Laufer, Robert Petropoulos, Saim Sarwar, and Others—Targeting Massachusetts Businesses in Continued Flurry of Federal Lawsuits

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