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"I love that my job as a cannabis attorney is never dull—I'm constantly adapting to solve new challenges for a variety of unique clients."



Aleece is the firm's cannabis team leader. She began her legal career in Portland, Oregon, at a boutique cannabis law firm, where she represented and advised cannabis businesses on medical and adult-use regulation issues. Aleece focuses on the complex process of structuring, licensing, and maintaining compliant cannabis businesses at the federal, state, and local levels. She has worked with a wide range of individuals and entities in the public and private sectors, including state regulatory agencies, financial institutions, and licensed businesses.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law, Co-Chair
  • Oregon State Bar Cannabis Section, Former Treasurer

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon Women's Forum

Representative Experience

  • Successfully negotiated an industrial hemp agricultural forward agreement involving the purchase of over $1 million of NY-grown hemp biomass cultivated during the 2019 growing season.  
  • Led a multi-disciplinary team preparing licensing applications on behalf of cannabis business clients, resulting in successful licensure, and advised on all matters pertaining to start up; staffing; security; operations; land use; zoning; banking; tax, including 280E; licensing compliance; and internal corporate issues.
  • Advised cannabis clients in transactions and agreements involving rights in agricultural, commercial, and industrial real property.
  • Manages client relationships with government regulators.
  • Assisted a client with obtaining amendments to regulatory authorizations for propagative material and for facility relocation and consolidation, including environmental due diligence regarding real property acquisition
  • Assisted with a client's application for a vertically integrated license under the expanded NJ medical cannabis program.
  • Assisted with a client's applications for cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensary licenses under the initial launch of Missouri's medical cannabis program.
  • Guided a client's response that resolved, without incident, an authority's compliance investigation into cannabinoid-infused retail consumer products.

Prior Experience

  • McGuire Development, Senior Counsel
  • McGuire Development, Assistant General Counsel
  • Green Light Law Group, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • SABAH, Junior Board Member
  • Hospice Summer Affair, Committee Member
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, “The Green Rush” Adjunct Professor

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch: Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • New York Law Journal, Trailblazer Award, 2020
  • Buffalo Business First, 30 Under 30 Award, 2018
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award, 2012

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association, Bridging the Gap, “Cannabis Update/Adult and Medical Use”
  • New York State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, “Cannabis Law in New York State and the United States 2018”
  • Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes’ Cannabiz 102 Meeting, “Introduction to Cannabis”
  • Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes’ Cannabiz 101 Meeting, “Introduction to Cannabis”
  • City of Buffalo Public Hearing, “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act”

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media


Brace for Changes to Patent Assignor Estoppel—Impact on Contractual Provisions


What Employers Can Expect Under the Biden Administration: Employment-Based Immigration in the US


NYS Appellate Division Holds Insurer Not Entitled to Recoupment of Defense Costs for Uncovered Claims


New York Appellate Court Rules That Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Creates a Private Right Action Against an Employer for Retaliation for Whistleblowing


What Employers Can Expect Under the Biden Administration: Outlook for Legislation on Fair Pay Equity


Order Up: Erie County, New York, Restaurants Prevail Against Indoor-Dining Ban

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