Shawn Hauser


Denver / Austin


455 Sherman St.
Suite 390
Denver, CO 80203


J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
B.S., University of Texas at Austin


Shawn Hauser is a partner and chair of the Hemp and Cannabinoids Department at Vicente Sederberg LLP. Shawn helps marijuana and hemp businesses navigate the intersections between state and federal law including hemp laws, food and drug laws, regulatory compliance, licensing, general business representation, investment, and general business matters. As chair of the VS Hemp and Cannabinoids Department, Shawn advises clients on the unique legal landscape governing cannabinoids and hemp, helping them form compliant business structures and develop innovative solutions that best position them for success at the state and national levels. She has been named one of "Denver's Top Lawyers" by 5280 magazine in each of the past five years (2016-2020).

With more than a decade of experience, Shawn is a go-to source for businesses, industry groups, governments, and reporters seeking opinions, analysis, and guidance on cannabis and hemp law and policy matters. She is a member of the Hemp Industries Association Legislative Review Committee and the steering committee for the American Hemp Campaign, which was instrumental in legalizing hemp in Texas in 2019.

Since directing Sensible Colorado's local government implementation team following the passage of Amendment 64, Shawn remains active with local and state governments in Colorado and Texas, and is passionate in supporting the development and implementation of marijuana and hemp regulations that advance the cannabis industry in a dynamic and responsible manner. After attending law school at the University of Denver, Shawn was an associate attorney at McAllister, Darnell & Gottlieb PC, one of the first marijuana-focused law firms in Colorado.



  • Co-founder, Hemp for Our Future, 2020
  • Member, Steering Committee, American Hemp Campaign, 2019
  • Member, Legislative Review Committee, Hemp Industries Association, 2019
  • Member, Cannabis Committee, American Herbal Products Association
  • Member, Education Committee, American Herbal Products Association
  • Member, Speaking Committee, International Cannabis Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Member, Green Flower Steering Committee 
  • Founding Member, Women Grow, 2014-Present
  • Board Member, National Hemp Association, 2014
  • Director, Local Government Implementation Team, Sensible Colorado



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