Zachary Kobrin is an accomplished attorney with a long track record working on behalf of clients in the marijuana industry. Zack is currently Special Counsel with Akerman, LLP, where his practice involves advising clients on the evolving, complex legal and business issues impacting companies with interests in this heavily regulated industry. He speaks frequently at business, legal, and industry events and advises a number of entities on areas such as business development and formation, as well as legal and regulatory and compliance issues in the cannabis and hemp industry throughout the United States, and emerging international markets. Zack also advises clients on developing federal and state public policy matters and banking and insurance issues impacting clients in the cannabis and hemp industry. Zack currently works with both operators and ancillary providers in both the marijuana and hemp sectors.
Zack previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a multistate/ multinational cannabis company, where he was responsible for all corporate and regulatory legal matters, including transactional, banking, and insurance matters; as well as ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local government regulations. Zack was also a key member of the team that helped take his former company public on the Canadian Securities Exchange.
Amongst other honors and responsibilities, Zack was appointed by the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to serve on the Florida Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee. This statewide advisory board is composed of industry experts, advocates, advisors, and consumers to help give input, guidance, and insight on moving the medical cannabis program forward as voted by constituents of Florida.
Zack’s experience in the cannabis industry is not limited to Florida. Zack has worked with and provided counsel to clients, regulators, and colleagues in multiple states and countries. As a result, Zack understands the legal and regulatory intricacies of various markets, as well as how the law has and continues to develop.
Zack earned his J.D. and undergraduate degree from Florida State University. He is admitted to The Florida Bar, to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; Middle District of Florida; and Northern District of Florida.
Zack resides in Davie, Florida with his wife and two children.