Christopher J. Davis
Chris is the first Executive Director of the National Cannabis Bar Association, and is running for the Board of Directors on the recommendation current NCBA President Shabnam Malek in order to have a say in the matters Chris works on every day. As Executive Director, Chris oversaw the first iteration of the Cannabis Law Institute, the first NCBA CLE program at an MJBizCon event, the amicus brief on behalf of Jessica McElfresh, and countless other projects undertaken by NCBA in the past year.
This upcoming year, Chris has continued to expand NCBA’s educational and networking events, and has undertaken a reorganization of the association, which is still underway. Chris has played a key role in organizing NCBA’s 2018 Cannabis Law Institute, which will take place in Washington D.C. on September 7-8, and which will feature the top legal minds in the country to help bolster the credibility of our industry among national politicians and the voices that affect our future. As Executive Director, Chris has overseen the substantial increase in NCBA membership and gross revenue, which has allowed the association to begin to hire a staff, and, going forward, will allow our organization to continue to grow and positively impact our industry.
Chris began to shift his focus to the cannabis industry in 2015, when he volunteered for NCBA by helping plan social events and writing pieces for the NCBA blog. Soon after, Chris began to represent small cultivators in Norther California on a pro bono basis to further familiarize himself with the issues facing the industry, and soon found himself drawn away from his historical areas of legal interest. Chris was named the Executive Director of NCBA in June 2017, and has not looked back since.
Chris is a member of the California and New York Bars, and is a graduate of UCLA undergrad (cum laude) with degrees in Business/Economics and Accounting, and The George Washington University Law School (with honors, class of 2010). Prior to joining NCBA, Chris worked as a Legal Editor at The Practical Law Company (Westlaw), where he concentrated in finance (drafting template documents for complex financial transactions and issues related to swaps & derivatives), and previously was a securities litigator.