Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP is pleased to welcome attorney David Thompson to the firm’s Portland office. Thompson joins the firm’s leading cannabis industry team, assisting cannabis companies, from start-ups to market leaders, throughout the Pacific Northwest. Before joining Miller Nash, Thompson served as general counsel for two large cannabis and CBD companies where he handled a variety of complex issues, including regulatory compliance, government affairs, licensing, employment matters, endorsement contracts, investor relations, supply chain, real estate, and construction.
“David’s in-house and industry experience will be a terrific addition to our team,” said Christine Masse, Miller Nash’s cannabis industry team leader. “His commitment to the Oregon business community and first-hand experience guiding companies in an industry that is experiencing explosive growth and regulatory pressure will be a tremendous asset for our clients.”
About David Thompson
Thompson advises both start-up and established cannabis and related companies operating in a highly-regulated industry, providing them with a full range of business, employment, and regulatory support. He also has experience managing rapidly growing human resource teams while maintaining a positive company culture. Prior to his experience as general counsel in the cannabis industry, Thompson served as general counsel and chief operating officer of the Portland Business Alliance, Oregon’s largest business association, negotiating and managing the association’s contracts, corporate compliance, risk management, revenue, litigation management, as well as directing both business advocacy programs and political action committees. Furthermore, Thompson spent seven years in private practice as an employment law attorney in Portland. Throughout the years, Thompson has demonstrated his commitment to the community by serving on numerous community boards. Currently, he serves as chair and a founding member of the Morrison Child and Family Services Foundation. Thompson received his bachelor’s degrees from Santa Clara University before earning his law degree at Santa Clara University School of Law. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon in business administration.
About Miller Nash’s Cannabis Practice
Miller Nash’s multi-disciplinary team provides assistance to a wide range of cannabis and hemp clients operating in each tier of the industry, including producers, processors, distributors/wholesalers, retailers, transporters, and quality assurance labs. They assist cannabis clients with business formation, license application and updates, general business operations and contracting, regulatory compliance, tax planning, administrative violations, business disputes, and acquisition, sale, divestiture, and dissolution. In addition to business and transactional matters, they provide a full range of dispute resolution services involving regulatory enforcement actions, business partner disputes, receiverships, and tax disputes. They also advise investors, financial institutions, real estate developers and owners, software developers, technology companies, and vendors navigate the risks involved in working with licensed cannabis companies.