Litigation & Arbitration

From business divorce, to shareholder disputes, to consumer claims, disputes can arise as companies raise funds, scale quickly, and move to market. They are often the cost of doing business, especially in the fast-paced cannabis and hemp industries. Whether you find yourself in court or in arbitration, you need a trusted advocate who understands the interplay between dispute resolution and cannabis law.

Vicente Sederberg LLP's experienced litigation and arbitration team include attorneys licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. They have appeared before state and federal courts and understand the jurisdictional complexities that are unique to cannabis and hemp. We also partner with other law firms that require specialized cannabis counsel.

Our attorneys also know when mediation is most likely to be successful. We have deep experience with alternative dispute resolution and have represented clients in arbitrations under all major rules, including AAA/ICDR, CPR, JAMS, and various local institutions.


VS helps clients with the following types of disputes, among others:

  • Contract breaches, including anticipatory breach and failure to perform
  • Business fraud and misrepresentation
  • Consumer liability
  • Products liability
  • Disputes involving insurance policies

Once a lawsuit or arbitration is filed, parties can face many jurisdictional and administrative questions that can affect the outcome of the entire case. Our experienced advocates help businesses navigate questions including:

  • Choice of forum
  • Enforcing contractual consent to arbitration
  • Selecting an experienced arbitrator and coordinating with opposing counsel on choice of a chair
  • Bringing and defending against dispositive motions
  • Managing time and cost in discovery
  • Choice of law analysis


  • Represented an investor group in buyout negotiations with former business partners relating to an adult-use license and associated properties
  • Represented cannabis manufacturer in a contract dispute with vendor
  • Represented shareholders in negotiating ownership stake in successor entity holding vertically integrated adult-use cannabis licenses
  • Defended various product manufacturers in toxic tort litigation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Represented shareholder in contract dispute with joint venture partner in arbitration under ICC Rules, including multiple briefing rounds and full hearing on merits
  • Represented consultant in contract dispute with investment fund also involving federal securities and investment law claims in arbitration under AAA Rules
  • Advised multiple clients in responding to third-party subpoenas issued pursuant to federal and state litigations
  • Defended multiple business owners against consumer protection claims in state and federal courts
  • Successfully litigated insurance coverage declaratory judgment actions to secure judicial determination of parties’ duties and obligations under insurance contracts
  • Represented numerous property owners in defending against premises liability claims


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