Emerge Law Group was the first full-service law firm in Oregon committed to serving the cannabis industry.  Our attorneys were involved in drafting Measure 91 and sit on advisory committees to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.  We have helped many clients obtain state licenses and local permits to operate cannabis businesses.

We regularly help clients with:

  • Licensing
  • Inspections
  • Operating procedures
  • Employee trainings
  • Changes of ownership
  • Renewals
  • Handling violations
  • Other administrative hearings

Cannabis laws and rules are also regularly changing.  Members of our team are dedicated to attending legislative hearings, state agency and local city and county meetings to stay up-to-date on any new changes and how to adjust to any new changes.

See our Cannabis Industry page for more information.


We assist businesses with liquor licensing as well.  We have assisted many types of businesses including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, golf courses, gas stations, breweries, wineries and distilleries.  We can help you vet new locations, acquire existing locations, and apply for the appropriate liquor license.  We also provide training to comply with applicable rules and regulations, prepare operating procedures, submit renewals, and keep clients protected in the event of any potential violations or administrative hearings.


Franchise law is a heavily regulated area of law.  We help clients expand their businesses through franchising and other distribution methods. We have experience in many industries including, restaurants, health, and beauty, alcohol, and cannabis among others. Our representative services include the following:

  • Structuring franchise systems
  • Preparing franchise disclosure documents
  • Franchise registration
  • Ongoing registration renewal and amendment compliance
  • Drafting franchise agreements and area development agreements
  • Termination and other relationship issues

We also help potential franchisees interested in buying a franchise. We are able to assist with evaluation of franchise opportunities with respect to:

  • Franchise due diligence
  • Negotiating franchise agreements
  • Franchise unit acquisitions
  • Franchise transfers and sales
  • Explaining franchisee rights and obligations under proposed franchise agreements

However, not all businesses are suited to franchise. We are also experienced with helping clients structure alternative distribution methods to prevent classification as a franchise.