I am the partner and founder of the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, a boutique Northern California firm focused exclusively on cannabis law. I am honored to serve on the National Cannabis Bar Association’s board of directors.
I began my legal career almost twenty years ago as a criminal defense attorney specializing in cannabis related crimes, but have since transitioned the firm to a corporate transactional firm so as to meet the changing needs of the industry. My history in the industry has largely been in litigation and I have always been committed to working specifically with the cannabis industry. From litigation, I segued into advocacy for sensible cannabis reform and social justice as well as education for an emerging legal field by teaching ethics CLEs. In that same vein, I authored a comprehensive legal reference, titled “California Cannabis Laws: MAUCRSA Edition,” that compiles all of the California laws relating to cannabis with the aim of ensuring that those looking for applicable laws are not misled by the State’s tactic of scattering relevant codes in countless different sections. While holding on to those cornerstones of education, justice, and advocacy, my firm now assists long-standing industry members enter the regulated market through business formations and restructuring, licensing, regulatory compliance, intellectual property matters, contracts, and more.
My passion for this industry and my thorough knowledge of its legal evolution in the State of California makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the Board of Directors. I continue to lobby for the industry at every level – at the city, county, and state – while simultaneously working to improve the services offer by my own firm. But most importantly, I think my commitment to the betterment of the legal industry that services the cannabis community is a testament to my identity with the NCBA’s core ethos. I teach certified CLEs on legal ethics in the cannabis industry and author texts meant to assist all legal professionals in the field. Though such activities arguably make the competition faced by my own business all the stronger, the cannabis industry comes first.