CANNABIS LAW

Understanding the special considerations and complex regulations of California's legal cannabis industry, Friedemann Goldberg LLP can counsel entrepreneurs based on decades of experience and success.

Areas of Focus


The firm has rare depth of experience in all matters related to the banking industry, and is positioned to understand every opportunity for cannabis businesses to normalize their relationship to the banking system.


Friedemann Goldberg’s attorneys handle every aspect of corporate law, at all stages of a business’s life cycle. From common matters like entity formation, financing, and structuring, to less common ones like high-stakes litigation, regulatory investigations, and boardroom disputes, Friedemann Goldberg’s attorneys have helped clients solve problems in diverse highly-regulated industries.


For world-famous celebrities and esteemed local businesses, both domestically and internationally, Friedemann Goldberg handles trademark and copyright portfolios and defends them in private resolutions and administrative proceedings. In an industry where brand image and product differences matter, aggressively defending these critical investments is required.


Friedemann Goldberg regularly helps clients comply with some of the most complex regulations and laws in existence, including all U.S. and California regulations applicable to financial institutions. When these businesses have a tough question, and getting it right matters, they turn to Friedemann Goldberg.


Attorneys at Friedemann Goldberg counsel clients on purchase and sale, commercial leasing, development, financing, and litigation involving real estate. They handle multimillion dollar multiparty real estate transactions with all related issues including intellectual property, tax, and complex long-term contracts.


Understanding which insurance policies and terms truly protect your business, and fighting for coverage in the face of a dispute, requires attorneys with knowledge and experience. Friedemann Goldberg has won coverage over initial opposition for high-value claims, litigated bad-faith actions, and counseled clients in selecting and layering their policies. In an emerging industry, counsel on insurance issues is especially critical to protect against business interruption, needless expense, and existential threats.

Team Members

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John Friedemann has more than 30 years experience representing businesses and commercial enterprises, including dozens of banks, and other highly-regulated industry members. He is proficient in contract and commercial law, particularly banking and real estate.

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Kyle Fisher has experience with a wide range of business matters, tax controversy matters, complex contracts, and insurance disputes.

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Casey Edmondson is highly knowledgeable in transactional business matters, regulatory analysis, and land use and real estate matters.

Recent Articles

Cannabis businesspeople have hoped, worked, and lobbied for a “safe harbor” for their industry. These tireless efforts have produced results, but the “safe harbor” which currently exists is, to extend the metaphor, filled with shallow water, difficult to enter, and has plenty of reefs.

Federal law is the supreme law of the land, and where it conflicts with state law, federal law controls

Cannabis businesspeople have hoped, worked, and lobbied for a “safe harbor” for their industry. These tireless efforts have produced results, but the “safe harbor” which currently exists is, to extend the metaphor, filled with shallow water, difficult to enter, and has plenty of reefs.

Federal law is the supreme law of the land, and where it conflicts with state law, federal law controls

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