Our attorneys have more than three decades of combined experience representing clients in the marijuana industry and working on marijuana policy reform. They do not just advise clients on the law; they help to shape the laws and regulations themselves. Keep reading for a more detailed introduction to the members of our team.
Brian VicenteBrian Vicente, Esq., is a partner and founding member of Vicente Sederberg LLC. He served as the co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign and was one of the primary authors of this historic measure, which resulted in Colorado becoming the first state in the nation – and the first geographic area in the world – to make the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana legal for adults. Vicente also serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, the state's leading non-profit working for medical marijuana patients and providers. He was given the Gideon award for his free speech advocacy during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In 2010, Vicente was elected the first-ever chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the only trade association in the U.S. that works to advance the interests of marijuana-related businesses on the national level. Brian was the chair of the Committee for Responsible Regulation, which coordinated the successful 2013 campaign to implement statewide excise and sales taxes on the sale of adult-use marijuana in Colorado and was awarded the Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law that same year. Brian has conducted over 1000 interviews in local, state and national press regarding marijuana policy, and in 2014 The Guardian (UK) dubbed him "the industry's de facto spokesman." Vicente's expertise in marijuana policy is highly sought after, and has led to him serving as a formal advisor to local, state, and federal governments—most recently he assisted with Uruguay becoming the first country in the world to fully-regulate the adult marijuana market. Brian serves on the board of directors for a number of state and national non-profit organizations including the SAFER Voter Education Fund and the Harm Reduction Action Center. Vicente graduated from the University of Denver Law School on a full merit scholarship where he clerked for outspoken social critic, Senior Federal Judge John L. Kane.
Christian SederbergChristian Sederberg, Esq.,is a partner and founding member of Vicente Sederberg LLC. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law, Christian focused his practice on representing businesses with a primary focus on real estate, private equity, commercial, and corporate transactions. Since the inception of Colorado's state regulated medical marijuana program, Christian and the firm have provided a wide range of real estate, transactional and regulatory assistance to the marijuana community. Christian was also an integral part of Colorado's Amendment 64 campaign, acting as core volunteer for the campaign, representing the campaign on Governor Hickenlooper's Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, and leading the campaign's legislative implementation team in the Colorado legislature by coordinating the implementation of the Colorado legislative and regulatory structure related to adult-use marijuana. Christian sat on the executive committee of the Committee for Responsible Regulation, which coordinated the campaign to establish statewide excise and sales taxes on the sale of adult-use marijuana in Colorado.
Joshua KappelJoshua Kappel, Esq., partner at Vicente Sederberg LLC, graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2010. While in law school, Josh received both the Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship and the Public Interest Law Clerkship to work for Sensible Colorado. Josh also interned with the National ACLU's Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. At Vicente Sederberg, Josh routinely provides advice to patients, caregivers, and businesses about medical marijuana, licensing, regulatory compliance, general business and transactional law, and the intersection of state and federal law. In addition to his work with Vicente Sederberg, Josh is currently the Associate Director of Sensible Colorado, advocating for medical marijuana patient rights. He is also a founding member of the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation (CRCR), and the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA). Josh has testified at numerous public hearings on issues related to medical marijuana, sat on many panels at various conferences, and routinely writes articles about a myriad of medical marijuana issues. Josh's work has been highlighted in the Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, Westword, Kush Magazine, West Coast Leaf, and Colorado Springs Independent.
Charlie AlovisettiCharlie Alovisetti is a senior associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC and is a co-chair of the Corporate Department. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Charlie worked as an associate in the New York offices of Latham & Watkins and Goodwin where his practice focused on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as public companies, in a range of corporate transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, growth equity investments, venture capital investments, and debt financings. In addition, Charlie has experience counseling portfolio and emerging growth companies with respect to general corporate and commercial matters and all aspects of compensation arrangements, including executive employment and consulting agreements, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, bonus plans, and other management incentive arrangements. Charlie has experience in both U.S. and cross-border transactions, and has advised clients across a range of industries including cannabis, technology, manufacturing, software, digital media, energy and clean tech, healthcare, and biotech. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from McGill University and a law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Charlie is admitted to practice in both Colorado and New York.
Alicia AshcraftAlicia Ashcraft, Esq., is of counsel to Vicente Sederberg LLC and represents the firm's growing base of Nevada medical marijuana clients, with a particular emphasis on regulatory and compliance matters. Alicia is the managing partner at the law firm of Ashcraft & Barr LLP, and has earned a reputation as one of the top regulatory compliance and licensure attorneys in Southern Nevada. Alicia graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law. Alicia represents clients before agencies as diverse as the Nevada Athletic Commission, Nevada Transportation Authority, Nevada Gaming Commission, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Clark County and the City of Las Vegas.
Jeffrey BarrJeffrey Barr, Esq., is of counsel to Vicente Sederberg LLC and represents the firm's growing base of Nevada medical marijuana clients, with a particular emphasis on regulatory and compliance matters. Jeff is a partner at the law firm of Ashcraft & Barr LLP, concentrating his practice on litigation, government affairs and business dispute resolution. Jeff served as the city attorney for the City of North Las Vegas from 2006-2011, offering innovative legal strategies to assist Nevada's third largest municipality in staving off imminent insolvency. Jeff graduated magna cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law and is a member of the bar in Washington, Nevada, U.S. District Court District of Nevada, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Corey CoxCorey Cox, Esq., is an associate in Vicente Sederberg LLC’s Denver office. Corey’s primary focus is on regulatory compliance and rules education. Prior to joining VS as a law clerk in February 2016, Corey worked in the Office of Compliance Services for the University of Colorado Athletics Department. Corey is a Colorado native and two time graduate of the University of Colorado earning a Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Studies as well as his Juris Doctorate. While in law school, Corey completed a certificate program in health care law and policy and served as a student attorney for both the Colorado Health Equity Project and the Getches-Green Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic.
Phil ChernerPhil Cherner, Esq., focuses on criminal defense and attorney grievance defense at Vicente Sederberg LLC in Denver. Driven by a commitment to justice and civil rights, Phil has had a long career steeped in law and advocacy, dating back to when he was the head of a local NORML chapter during law school in the early 1970's. After a few years in private practice, he began, in 1979, an eight-year stint with the Colorado Public Defender's Office where he conducted numerous trials in both Arapahoe and Denver counties. Overall, he has spent close to 40 years defending thousands of clients charged with crimes, trying cases in state and federal courts across Colorado. For the last two decades, he has also performed attorney grievance defense and bar admissions, representing attorneys and law students. He has litigated appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Seventh and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Having practiced law in Denver for four decades, Phil is on a first name basis with most of the key players in the justice system. Phil is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and currently enjoys Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating, AV. He is the 2006 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Jonathan Olom Award winner and the 2013 Sam Carey Bar Association Warrior for Justice Award Winner. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Law School and an internationally recognized semi-professional photographer.
Adam FineAdam D. Fine, Esq., joined Vicente Sederberg LLC in 2013. As managing partner of the Massachusetts office, Adam represents the firm's growing base of Massachusetts medical marijuana clients, with a particular emphasis on licensing, corporate, and regulatory matters. Adam has chaired multiple CLE's relating to marijuana law, and has testified before numerous municipal and regulatory bodies regarding marijuana policy and compliance. Adam also served as a consultant to Massachusetts Special Senate Committee on Marijuana and on was on the drafting committee for Question 4 which legalized marijuana in Massachusetts. Adam is frequently quoted in the Boston Globe and other local publications on the topic of marijuana legislation and policy, and has emerged as a leading voice in the field. Before joining Vicente Sederberg, Adam spent a number of years as an associate attorney at a downtown Boston law firm where his practice focused on complex civil and criminal litigation. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and admitted in New Jersey. Before entering private practice, Adam was a trial attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia where he litigated over 200 criminal trials. Adam received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, and his J.D. cum laude from the American University Law School in 2004. He resides with his wife and three children in the South Shore of Massachusetts.
Colin FletcherColin Fletcher, Esq. is an associate with Vicente Sederberg LLC’s Denver office. Colin is a graduate of University of Denver Sturm College of law and is licensed to practice law in Colorado. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg LLC, Colin worked as a Legal Fellow at the City and County of Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. This experience prepared Colin to assist clients with the state and local business licensing process, which constitutes a large part of his practice. Colin also focuses his practice on business formation and transactions, corporate governance and drafting and revising related documents. Colin is a Denver native and has spent his entire life in Colorado. Prior to attending law school, Colin worked for Janus Capital Group as a Senior Investor Specialist after completing his undergraduate studies at University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007.
Steve FoxSteve Fox, Esq., of counsel with Vicente Sederberg LLC, is also the director of VS Strategies, a government relations and strategic communications sister company of Vicente Sederberg. He is one of the leading figures in the movement to create a legal, regulated marijuana market in the United States. He is a co-founder of the National Cannabis Industry Association, which represents approximately 800 state-legal businesses, and serves as a strategic advisor to the organization. While at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) from 2002-2005 and 2009-2013, Steve lobbied Congress and guided numerous ballot initiative campaigns, including the Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado. He also guided a lobbying team through the Amendment 64 implementation process. In 2005, Steve conceptualized and co-founded Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) in Colorado for the express purpose of educating the public about the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. The goal, eventually realized, was to change the mindset of voters in order to make marijuana legal through a ballot initiative. He is the co-author of Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009, 2013), which is based on the strategy that proved successful in Colorado. Steve is a member of the Bar in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Cassia FurmanCassia joins Vicente Sederberg LLC with significant experience in the representation of Colorado local governments and commercial real estate developers. Most recently, as a senior associate at a leading public finance firm in Denver, she oversaw the organization and general operations of dozens of special districts in connection with complex public infrastructure projects, including the issuance of multi-million dollar debt issuances. Prior to this time, Cassia assisted in the representation of numerous Western Slope municipalities, where her duties included the drafting and implementation of comprehensive medical marijuana ordinances. Cassia’s areas of expertise include municipal and special district law, elections, public meetings and open records, statutory compliance, public bidding, construction contracts and administration, intergovernmental agreements, public-private partnerships, public finance, debt issuance and restructuring, real estate due diligence and acquisitions, commercial leasing, negotiation of annexation and development agreements, and land use issues. Cassia is a 2004 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and also attended Hamilton College, where she graduated in 2000, magna cum laude, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies.
Shawn HauserShawn Hauser, Esq., is a senior associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC, the first national law firm dedicated exclusively to marijuana law and policy with offices in Denver, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and Boston. Vicente Sederberg was a key player in the historic effort to legalize marijuana in Colorado and have been leaders in similar efforts nationally and worldwide. Shawn routinely advises businesses in navigating the intersection between state and federal law, licensing, general business representation, investment, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property. Shawn works with clients to form compliant business structures to best position them for success in Colorado and nationally and to create innovative solutions to manage emerging and complex marijuana laws. Shawn directed Sensible Colorado’s local government implementation team following the passage of Amendment 64 and routinely works with local governments, in both Colorado and nationally, to develop and implement marijuana regulations to advance the cannabis industry in a dynamic and responsible manner. In addition, Shawn advises hemp businesses and serves on the board of National Hemp Association, a Denver based organization dedicated to the re-birth of industrial hemp in America. After graduating from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Shawn was an associate attorney at McAllister, Darnell, & Gottlieb PC, one of the first marijuana-focused law firms in Colorado. In 2016, Shawn was named one of “Denver’s Top Lawyers” by 5280 Magazine.
Allen HopperAllen Hopper is a Senior Attorney in Vicente Sederberg’s California office. Allen has more than 20 years of experience providing legal and consulting services to help clients understand and safely navigate local, state and federal laws and regulations and to envision, create and implement improvements to them, including innovative public safety and criminal justice solutions such as alternatives to incarceration and cannabis regulation. Allen was a civil rights litigator and legislative policy advocate with the ACLU for more than a decade, including serving as the Litigation Director of the National ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project, where he coordinated the ACLU’s drug policy-related litigation and litigated cases across the nation as part of an overall strategy to combine impact litigation with policy and legislative advocacy and public education to transform public understanding of, and government response to, drug use and drug policies. At the California ACLU he founded and directed the state-wide Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project (CJDP), where he focused on down-sizing California jails and prisons, drug law enforcement, medical marijuana implementation issues and broader marijuana law reform. Allen has extensive experience drafting state criminal justice reform ballot initiatives and advising the campaigns run to enact them. In 2014, he served as the Senior Legal and Strategic Advisor to the Prop. 47 campaign, a California voter-approved ballot initiative to end felony punishment for low level drug possession and theft crimes. Allen helped draft ballot initiatives seeking to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis, including California’s Prop. 64 on the November, 2016 ballot. Allen has been quoted extensively in the national news media on numerous criminal justice and marijuana law reform topics, including the intersection of federal and state drug laws, and has litigated these issues in federal and state courts. Among other cases, Allen led the ACLU legal team that defeated San Diego County’s lawsuit seeking to overturn California medical marijuana laws as preempted by federal law, and also defeated the federal Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss a Tenth Amendment challenge to federal law enforcement practices targeting medical marijuana patients and providers working collaboratively with local government officials. (County of San Diego v. San Diego NORML (2008) 165 Cal.App.4th 798 (rev. den. Oct. 16, 2008); County of Santa Cruz v. Gonzales (N.D. Cal., Aug. 20, 2008, No. C 03-01802JF), 2008 WL 3892019. Allen received his B.A. in 1988 from New College of Florida, the independent public honors college for the state of Florida, and his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1992. Allen also worked in private practice focusing on criminal defense, prisoners’ rights and police misconduct litigation and was also a staff attorney for the California Appellate Project in San Francisco, established by the California Supreme Court and the State Bar to oversee and provide case assistance to the lawyers appointed by the Court to represent death row defendants.
Sally Kent PeeblesSally Kent Peebles, Esq. is an associate in Vicente Sederberg LLC's Denver office and is licensed to practice in both Colorado and Florida, and has recently applied to waive into Oregon. She currently focuses her practice on corporate, commercial real estate and regulatory matters. Sally has been a guest speaker at various marijuana business conferences, covering such topics as licensing and investment in the marijuana industry. Prior to joining the firm, Sally practiced at a Denver law firm that focused on natural resources and energy, where she drafted oil and gas title opinions and performed due diligence for acquisition and divestiture transactions. Outside of the firm, Sally spearheaded the development of the North Florida Medical Cannabis Coalition, a fundraising and advocacy group created to help get out the vote for the November 2014 Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative. During law school, Sally interned at Jacksonville Legal Aid, where she represented clients in domestic violence and family law matters. Prior to attending law school, Sally was a publicist and booking agent for music entertainment artists in Los Angeles, CA and Boulder, CO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law.
Brandon KurtzmanBrandon Kurtzman, Esq., is an associate attorney in the Massachusetts office of Vicente Sederberg. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Brandon worked as a solo practitioner whose practice focused on civil and criminal litigation. Brandon primarily advises medical marijuana dispensary applicants and ancillary marijuana businesses in Massachusetts on corporate, licensing, regulatory, land use, and compliance issues. Brandon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and received his law degree from New England School of Law where he was a New England Scholar and served as the Senior Editor on the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law. Brandon is currently licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jerrico Perez BennettJerrico Perez Bennet, Esq. is an associate with Vicente Sederberg LLC’s Denver office. Jerrico is a graduate of Denver Sturm College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Colorado. While in law school, Jerrico practiced in the DU Criminal Defense Clinic for over two years and was also a member of DU Law’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter. Jerrico started her work at Vicente Sederberg as a law clerk after working with a marijuana consulting group where she helped with national applications and licensing. Jerrico came to Denver in 2012 from Austin, Texas, where she received her Bachelor’s in political science at the University of Texas at Austin. While at the University of Texas, Jerrico interned for state representative, Rep. Ryan Guillen, during the 82nd legislative session. She focuses her practice on regulatory compliance and national applications.
Nick RichardsNicholas J. Richards is tax counsel with Vicente Sederberg LLC and is a partner at Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC. Nicholas advises businesses and individuals regarding Federal and State tax matters (including Section 280E) and represents them in audits, trials and tax collection matters. He began his legal career as a trial attorney with the IRS in Southern California where he also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. While there, Nicholas represented the IRS in the U.S. Tax and Bankruptcy Courts, he conducted investigations and lead special projects, he advised revenue officers and agents, and he taught trial practice, collections and other topics to junior IRS attorneys. His career took him from Southern California to Washington D.C. where he spent two years developing tax policy, and then to Denver Colorado where he returned to tax court litigation. After 11 years in the IRS, Nicholas joined a small but sophisticated tax firm and, shortly thereafter, he began representing cannabis businesses. In 2013, Nicholas was asked to teach State and Local Tax at the University of Denver, Graduate Tax Program where he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law. Nick resolves tax problems for businesses and individuals, he teaches tax and section 280E to other tax professionals, and he is a leading tax attorney and expert for the legal cannabis industry.
Frank RobisonFrank Robison, Esq. is an Senior Associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC. Frank currently focuses his practice on corporate, private equity, commercial and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Frank worked as Assistant Counsel at the University of Colorado Boulder and as Research Counsel in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Technology Transfer Office. Frank worked on a wide array of legal matters for the University, but focused on research compliance (controlled substances, controlled technologies, export controls) and intellectual property. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Frank had seventeen years of business management and entrepreneurial experience at various high-tech companies, including working in the telecommunications and the semi-conductor sectors and owning robotics-based manufacturing and IT consulting businesses. Frank was a Peace Corps Volunteer, Agricultural Extensionist, in Honduras from 1994-1996. Frank received a B.A. from Colby College, cum laude, an M.A. from the University of California San Diego, cum laude, a J.D. from Vermont Law School, magna cum laude and LL.Ms from the University of Seville, Spain (Constitutional Law) and the University of Colorado Boulder (Entrepreneurial Law). Frank is fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese and familiar with Chichewa, a Bantu dialect. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.
Kelly RosenbergKelly Rosenberg was central to the Colorado Department of Revenue’s efforts to regulate marijuana from when the Department embarked on the groundbreaking work in 2010 through March of 2016. As an attorney with the Colorado Department of Law, Kelly was assigned as the general and litigation counsel to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (“MMED”) in 2010. There, she played a key role in the MMED’s early work to craft its regulatory structure. In 2013, she became an even more integral part of the regulatory development process after recreational marijuana was legalized and the MMED became the Marijuana Enforcement Division (“MED”). At the MED, Ms. Rosenberg worked on a five-person team that drafted, edited, and reviewed all rules adopted by the agency. In addition, she provided day-to-day legal counsel to the MED on a variety of matters including open records, requests for positions statements, subpoenas, policies, procedures, contracts, employment issues, and trademark concerns, and presided as general counsel over all of the MED’s emergency and permanent rule making processes. At Vicente Sederberg, Ms. Rosenberg assists clients with regulatory and compliance issues as well as administrative matters, including administrative defense. She will also be a key member of the firm’s new government consulting division, which assists governmental entities in the process of drafting medical and retail marijuana laws, ordinances, and regulations.
Jessica ScardinaJessica Scardina is an associate at Vicente Sederberg, LLC's Denver office. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Jessica worked at a small Denver law firm specializing in corporate law, business planning, and taxation. Jessica currently focuses her practice on corporate, licensing, and regulatory matters. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she served as a staff editor for the University of Denver Law Review. Prior to moving to Denver in 2004, Jessica lived in Santa Cruz, California, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Cruz.[
Phil SilvermanPhil Silverman graduated with a B.A. in Government in 1985 from Dartmouth College and graduated cum laude in 1989 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he won the George von L. Meyer Constitutional Law award. He has practiced commercial law in Boston, Massachusetts for over 25 years with a focus on business bankruptcy reorganizations and personal insolvency matters. He was the Chief Operating Officer for MassMedicum Corp., a Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary, before returning to law practice in Vicente Sederberg’s Boston office. He presently resides with his wife and three children in Easton, Massachusetts.
Ted TrimpaTed Trimpa, Esq., of counsel with Vicente Sederberg LLC, is the Principal and CEO of Trimpa Group LLC, a national political consulting and government relations firm that specializes in progressive public policy advocacy and political strategy. With offices in Washington D.C. and Denver, Trimpa Group develops cutting-edge public policy strategies at the state and federal levels. Trimpa also serves as a board member for numerous organizations, including the Democracy Alliance, ProgressNow, Third Way, Citizen Engagement Laboratory, and Tectonic Theater Project. Trimpa is one of the country's most sought-after advocates resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multi-state public policy, political, and nonprofit landscape. Called "Colorado's answer to Karl Rove" by The Atlantic, Trimpa is a nationally recognized Democratic strategist and operative. He is considered a key architect of the political infrastructure that facilitated the Democratic Party's resurgence in Colorado after decades of Republican dominance—a turnaround so dramatic National Review dubbed it the "Colorado miracle." Campaigns & Elections recently named him one of the top five Democratic political players in the state. In addition to his work in Colorado, Trimpa is a nationally recognized thought leader and a leading advisor to progressive donors and foundations. He is also a visionary within the gay rights movement and considered an early pioneer in advocating for political strategies focused at the state level. He has been recognized in national publications, including The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, National Review, and The Advocate, for his central role in designing cutting-edge public policy strategies. Trimpa was raised on a small family farm in southwestern Kansas and got his start in politics by working for U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Prior to forming Trimpa Group, Ted was a shareholder at both Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Hogan Lovells where he was responsible for matters before the Colorado General Assembly and had a multi-state public policy practice.
David UllianDavid M. Ullian, Esq., is an associate in Vicente Sederberg’s Massachusetts office. He currently focuses his practice on corporate, licensing, regulatory, and compliance matters. David received his B.A. from Amherst College, and before law school, he worked as a Corporate Legal Assistant at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. David received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he served as an Editor for the American Journal of Law & Medicine and completed a Concentration in Health Law with Honors. During law school, he also interned at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina. After law school, David was awarded a BU Law Public Service Fellowship to work in the General Counsel’s Office at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, David worked for a Boston law firm specializing in white collar criminal defense and government investigations. David is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and South Carolina.
Jordan WellingtonJordan Wellington, Esq., an associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC, graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in May of 2009. His primary focus at Vicente Sederberg is on regulatory compliance and government affairs. In 2013, Jordan served as the sole legislative staffer assigned to shepherd the legislation relating to the implementation of Amendment 64 and the legalization of marijuana through the Colorado General Assembly. Jordan was then hired by the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division to serve as the sole policy analyst during the development and drafting of the rules governing retail marijuana and the revised rules governing medical marijuana. During his time with the Marijuana Enforcement Division, Jordan drafted rules governing testing, cultivation, product manufacturing, concentrate production, retail distribution, production management, transportation, certification of laboratories, labeling, packaging, and storage. He also organized the Division's entire stakeholder engagement process and personally chaired several of the working groups. Jordan is honored to be selected to serve on Marijuana Research Advisory Group, which was convened by the Colorado School of Public Health at UCD, and Advisory Board on Good Marijuana Cultivation and Handling Practices, convened by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. In addition to his expertise in the regulation of the marijuana industry, Jordan has also worked for the New Jersey Legislature, New York Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, and the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ. Also, Jordan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Colorado.
Carl WernerCarl Werner, Esq., is an associate in Vicente Sederberg LLC’s Denver office. Carl graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016, where he was a research assistant to Professor Charles Nesson and clerked for the ACLU of Massachusetts. He originally joined Vicente Sederberg as a law clerk in 2014. Carl currently focuses his practice on several areas of law, including corporate and small business transactions, products liability and international law. Prior to entering law school, Carl co-founded two small businesses, worked as a writer and tax preparer, and served as a campaign staffer for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri during her successful 2012 re-election race. Carl is originally from the Kansas City, Missouri area, and received a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri in 2010.
Policy & Compliance
Nicola GuidiceNicola Giudice is a regulatory affairs liaison at Vicente Sederberg. Nicola has worked with clients on multiple licensing applications in Massachusetts, Nevada, Illinois and Minnesota. Prior to joining the office, she was the Director of Outreach for the Question 3 campaign, which legalized medical marijuana in the state of Massachusetts. Nicola got her bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree from the Women in Politics and Public Policy Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She interned at the Massachusetts State House for State Representative Ruth Balser. She recently moved from Boston to Denver, Colorado.
Kat HumphriesKat Humphries, Compliance Specialist for Vicente Sederberg, joined the team in 2013 after spending the preceding year working as a legal clerk for an intellectual property law firm focused on patent and trademark law. Kat initiated her involvement in drug policy reform in 2010, when she founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at her alma mater. Kat graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, she minored in International Relations and Studio Art. Kat served as a founding board member for the Cannabis Outreach & Education Network (CORE), and served as a board member for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC). Currently, she serves on the policy committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA). Kat has an expertise in fundraising for political candidates and campaigns, fundraising over $100,000 for cannabis campaigns and initiatives across the United States. Kat managed campaign finances for the Denver Social Cannabis Consumption Initiative and volunteers regularly with the Harm Reduction Action Center. At Vicente Sederberg, Kat focuses on compliance work, and assists businesses in navigating the ever-changing realm of marijuana regulatory compliance.
Andrew LivingstonAndrew Livingston serves as a policy analyst for Vicente Sederberg LLC. He first worked alongside the Vicente Sederberg team in 2012 during the historic Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, which legalized marijuana for adults in Colorado. Andrew started his career in drug policy while at Colgate University and founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2009. During this time he focused his academic studies on the economics of illegal markets and the harms they create for societies around the world. At Vicente Sederberg, Andrew provides analysis on legal and regulatory matters as well as economic market projections for adult-use and medical marijuana laws in Colorado and around the world. In addition to his work at Vicente Sederberg, Andrew serves as the associate researcher for the "State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report," the market research published by The Arcview Group.
Cassidy WestCassidy West, Associate Director of Compliance at Vicente Sederberg LLC, received a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Berry College in 2011. Cassidy graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC as a Master of Public Administration, specializing in policy analysis and evaluation. Prior to joining the team at Vicente Sederberg, Cassidy worked as a program analyst at the Regulatory Studies Center in Washington, DC, a research center within George Washington University, where she focused primarily on federal regulatory policy.
Genevieve WileyGenevieve Wiley works primarily with the Compliance Department as a Program Coordinator for Vicente Sederberg LLC. She is a graduate of West Chester University outside of Philadelphia, PA where she studied political science with a concentration in public health and policy analysis. While leading a Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter on campus and serving as the Northeast Regional Coordinator for AMPLIFY, Genevieve discovered her passion for both harm reduction and patient advocacy. She used these positions to organize harm reduction efforts for adolescents in low income minority communities, as well as high school and college campuses. She has used her unique understanding of patients needs for safe access to effective medicine to advocate for drug policy reform at county, state, and regional levels. Genevieve was introduced to Vicente Sederberg during the Drug Policy Alliance Reform Conference held in Denver in 2012, and made the decision to relocate to Denver shortly after to pursue her personal and professional interest in medicinal cannabis and spend her spare time in the mountains.
Angela AlwellAngela Alwell is the office manager at Vicente Sederberg LLC. She received her Bachelor's in Public Administration at National University in Vista, CA in 1989, while managing Aladdin Aviation Flight School in Carlsbad, CA and being a single mother of two. Just one year later, she received her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California at San Diego and earned her pilot's license during that same time frame. Angela began her paralegal career in Aviation law due to her background in aviation. In 1993, she moved into state criminal defense with the Law Office of Suzanne Rogers, PC, eventually working with Ms. Rogers for nearly two decades. In 2011, she began working for Philip Cherner (now with Vicente Sederberg), assisting him on high-end state and federal criminal defense cases, post conviction matters and appellate work. Angela was the office manager as well as paralegal for both firms. She has extensive experience in jury selection, jury interviewing post-verdict and has sat at counsel table in approximately 40 felony trials.
Sarah BeeSarah Bee serves in multiple roles at Vicente Sederberg LLC. In addition to acting as the Executive Coordinator for Partners Brian Vicente, Christian Sederberg & Joshua Kappel, she also increases awareness of the firm’s lobbying efforts in the position of Media Administrator. A graduate of Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colo., she studied journalism and communications, and has since worked in positions which focus on social media, SEO, and writing for the Web. She is a seasoned office manager, and also flourishes in fundraising and event planning. She brings all of this experience to Vicente Sederberg in an effort to fuel her passion for the ever-evolving cannabis industry, and work as part of a team that both defines and celebrates Denver's unique culture and community.
Tim CallahanTim Callahan joined the Massachusetts office of Vicente Sederberg, LLC as a Legal Assistant in 2013. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern New Hampshire University, where he majored in Political Science and received the Outstanding Political Science Student Award upon graduation. During his time at Southern New Hampshire University, he served as a writing, American politics, and statistics tutor and was the Editor in Chief of the student newspaper. Tim is responsible for the administration of the Massachusetts office and works closely with the attorneys in that office in all application-related matters.
Lisa CisnerosLisa Cisneros, the former Executive Director of Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Foundation, is a seasoned paralegal experienced in all aspects of legal support to criminal defense -- with particular emphasis on legal support to death penalty litigators. Lisa worked as the Lead Paralegal to one of the region's most well-known death penalty litigation experts for 10 years and for the last 5 years also has worked to organize state wide opposition to the death penalty and efforts for death penalty abolition in Colorado and throughout the country. She led two legislative efforts to repeal Colorado's death penalty policy before the State Legislature and brought together victim family members, faith leaders, former law enforcement personnel and people of color to speak for repeal before Colorado's state elected officials. Lisa studied Psychology & Criminal Justice at Metro State University in Denver and has attended numerous specialized legal courses and seminars.
Phillip DeCaroPhillip DeCaro is a paralegal at Vicente Sederberg LLC. Phillip earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 2002, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2006. Since graduation, Phil has gained experience as a legal assistant and office administrator. Instead of practicing law, Phillip prefers the organizational, problem solving, and logistical management side of the law. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Phillip worked for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office as a paralegal assisting with matters of zoning violations and civil litigation. Phillip has been responsible for a wide range of tasks in his career, such as: planning continuing legal education events; analyzing research from mock trials and focus groups; assisting with complicated compliance issues; and assisting with litigation in civil lawsuits.
Sara GahaganSara Gahagan is the receptionist for Vicente Sederberg LLC. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2015, where she studied Administrative Management with a minor in Economics. While attending Missouri State University, she was an officer of the Economics Club and a member of the Financial Management Association. Following graduation, she relocated to Denver where she interned at the non-profit organization Green Corps while pursuing her career in the cannabis industry.
Ronn NixonRonn is a Colorado native who is joining the Denver VS office as a Legal Assistant and will be assisting with licensing issues as well as lending his expertise in fundraising for our various causes and concerns. Ronn has volunteered as both an intake paralegal and trainer with Colorado Legal Services for more than ten years. As a passionate advocate, Ronn continues to be integrally involved with cannabis policy in Colorado’s local jurisdictions, MED regulatory work groups, legislative stakeholder groups, the Colorado Task Force on Drunk & Impaired Driving as well as the Colorado Department of Health & Environment’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee.
Barbara PenfieldBarbara has two children and moved to Denver over 21 years ago from New York. She holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Aurora College. For the past four years, Barbara worked for one of the biggest marijuana businesses in Colorado handling complex licensing issues for both the company and their partners. She has processed hundreds of licenses in a variety of municipalities across the state.Barbara will be overseeing the licensing department and will be handling local and state licensing for our clients. She will be helping clients with obtaining all the documents needed for new and renewal business license applications, change of ownership applications, and a variety of other licensing needs.
Jenny ScottJenny joined the VS office as an Applications Specialist and will be assisting with licensing issues. For over three years, she worked for a large municipality processing over 150 different business license applications. She has the expertise to assist with new license applications, license renewals, ownership changes, corporate structure changes as well as other licensing needs. Jenny has been in Colorado most of her life, she has two children and enjoys martial arts. She recently accomplished her second degree black belt in karate.
Dawn Van VleetDawn Van Vleet had a previous relationship with Vicente Consulting dating back to 2010, when she serviced their telecommunications systems. She worked in that industry for over 15 years and received numerous certificates in cabling, phone installations and business development. In addition to her telecommunications experience, Dawn has been the bookkeeper for her husband’s construction company for over 20 years. Dawn joined Vicente Sederberg in 2014, and is responsible for the accounts receivable department.
Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy
University of Denver
Sturm College of Law
In 2015, Sam Kamin was named the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy for the University of Denver. The purpose of this three-year professorship is to allow a Sturm College of Law faculty member to dedicate time and resources toward the development of intelligent marijuana law and policy and engage students in this important work. To be held initially by Professor Sam Kamin, it is believed to be the first professorship of its kind in the world. Sam Kamin is a Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He has become one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana; in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and is currently serving on the ACLU of California’s blue ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization. He is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles including more than a dozen on marijuana law and policy.