Newark, NJ • New York, NY • Portland, OR – Emerge Law Group (“Emerge”), Oregon’s first full-service law firm with cannabis and psychedelics practices, announced today the opening of new offices in Newark, NJ and New York, NY to serve the burgeoning cannabis industry in the Northeast.
“Given the firm’s growth in California and history of helping clients dating back to the early days of cannabis legalization in the Pacific Northwest, we believe our expertise and experience will help new and existing clients navigate the newly opening markets in the Northeast,” said Dave Kopilak, Emerge’s co-founder and primary drafter of Oregon Measure 91 legalizing adult use cannabis in Oregon and Oregon Measure 109 legalizing psilocybin therapy in Oregon.
Emerge’s new offices are led by Duncan Delano. Duncan is a commercial real estate and business lawyer representing institutional and non-traditional lenders, borrowers, developers, tenants and landlords. Duncan works closely with Emerge’s deep bench of business, regulatory and litigation attorneys to assist cannabis entrepreneurs in forming businesses, obtaining cannabis licenses, and legal needs that arise with operation and expansion. With over a decade of experience Duncan joins Emerge from Haynes and Boone, LLP where he previously practiced in the firm’s real estate group.
“We could not be more excited about expanding into this emerging market and adding Duncan, a skilled and dynamic business and cannabis attorney, to our great team,” said Marco Materazzi, one of Emerge’s co-managing shareholders.
As part of Emerge’s growth, the firm is also pleased to announce that Kaci Hohmann has obtained her New Jersey bar license and will provide key business support to the firm’s East Coast clients. Kaci has been, and will continue to be, a key member the firm’s business practice in Oregon. Kaci is a business lawyer representing clients in every stage of business growth, including corporate formation, governance, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions.
“Emerge East” comes on the heels of the recent additions of business attorneys Russ Rotondi and Jake Cormier, and litigator Blake Marvis, to Emerge’s headquarters in Portland, OR. They bring over 41 years of combined legal experience and represent Emerge’s commitment to continued growth to better serve its clients.
About Emerge Law Group
Emerge is a full-service business law firm that represents a wide range of clients, from publicly-traded companies to small family businesses and start-ups. Emerge provides counsel to clients in the areas of technology, manufacturing, real estate development, hospitality, and entertainment. Emerge is most well known for handling high profile matters that have shaped the law in the cutting edge industries of cannabis and psychedelics. While many firms claim expertise in these areas, few have Emerge’s depth and experience in shaping the laws and successfully representing clients through the dynamic and uncertain stages of new industry. Emerge is also committed to advocacy for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the communities it serves, through actively engaging in impact litigation and pro bono services.
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