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Committee on Cannabis Law

The Committee on Cannabis Law is charged with serving as the New York State Bar Association’s focal point for the evolving legal status of Cannabis1 at both the state and federal level. Cannabis law is perhaps one of the fastest growing yet complex areas of the law that poses a broad spectrum of challenges. This Committee seeks to help NYSBA lawyers give their clients better advice through sharing educational resources, and otherwise helping New York set the highest possible legal and business (including advice to medical professionals) standards for legalized Cannabis products.


To help expand the reach of the Committee on Cannabis Law to the entire NYSBA membership, some of our committee members have volunteered to be NYSBA Section Liaisons for the committee.  Please feel free to contact your Section’s liaison from the list below to learn how you can get involved in the committee and its activities.

Business Law Section – Glenn J. Witecki, Esq.
Corporate Counsel Section – Lee Williams, Esq.
Criminal Justice Section – John Joseph Montes, Esq.
Elder Law and Special Needs Section – Jeffrey A. Asher, Esq.
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section – Diane Krausz, Esq.
Environmental and Energy Law Section – Telisport W. Putsavage, Esq.
Executive Committee – Jonathan B. Behrins, Esq.
Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Section – Brian J. Malkin, Esq. and Thomas J. Schultz, Esq.
General Practice Section – Elisa Strassler Rosenthal, Esq.
Health Law Section – Sandra Jensen, Esq.Noah B. Potter, Esq. and Jay B. Silverman, Esq.
Intellectual Property Law Section – Robert Laurence Greenberg, Esq.
International Law Section – Jose Alberto Campos, Esq. 
Labor and Employment Law Section – Alyson Matthews, Esq.Geoffrey A. Mort, Esq. and Samuel Sverdlov, Esq. 
Real Property Law Section – Aleece E. Burgio, Esq.
Tax Section – Jason Klimek, Esq.
Trusts and Estates Law Section – Regina Kiperman, Esq. 
Young Lawyers Section – Michael James Sullivan, Esq. 

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Committee Roster

Ms. Barbara J. Mahan

Administrative Support

Mr. Ronald F. Kennedy, Esq.

Nysba Staff Liaison

Mr. Brian John Malkin, Esq.

Co-Chair

Arent Fox LLP

Ms. Aleece E. Burgio, Esq.

Co-Chair

Prof. Robert Mikos

Academic Advisor

Mr. Julian Singer, Esq.

Mr. Donald M. Bernstein

Mr. Jeffrey C. Dannenberg, Esq.

Hon. Brian J. Herman

Mr. David E. Venditti, Esq.

Mr. Thomas A. Canova, Esq.

Ms. Vanessa Rae Seidman, Esq.

Ms. Jill C. Bradshaw-Soto, Esq.

Legal Services Of The Hudson Valley

Mr. Karl G. Williams

Mr. Paul D. Sarkozi, Esq.

Ms. Zenith T. Taylor, Esq.

Mr. James K. Landau

Mr. Ralph M. Randazzo, Esq.

Ms. Angelicque M. Moreno, Esq.

Mr. Matthew S. Schweber, Esq.

Mr. Jacques Erdos

Ms. Cheryl J. Kinch, Esq.

Mr. Peter M. Damin, Esq.

Lemery Greisler LLC

Mr. Michael Korsinsky, Esq.

Mr. Michael J. Riela

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Ms. Maura B. Jeffords, Esq.

Mr. Victor Samuel

Ms. Lynelle Kathleen Bosworth, Esq.

Mr. Jeffrey Scott Schultz, Esq.

Mr. Ross B. Hofherr

Mr. Matthew Ryan Kittay, Esq.

Ms. Jennifer Kavney Harvey, Esq.

Couch White LLP

Ms. Erin Kathleen Flynn

Mr. Samuel Conroy Breslin, Esq.

Mr. Mitchell Pawluk, Esq.

Ms. Alissa Lauren DePass

Ms. Stephanie Su Spangler, Esq.

Mrs. Elisa Strassler Rosenthal, Esq.

Mr. James C. Ng

Mr. Robert Hertman

Ms. Cori Annapolen Goldberg, Esq.

Mr. Darius Russell Alam, Esq.

Darryl R. Graham, Esq.

Mr. Robert J. Olejar, Esq.

Mr. Elliot Choi

Mr. Jeffrey G. Pittell, Esq.

Ms. Kristin L. Jordan, Esq.

Ms. Karen J. Bernstein, Esq.

Mr. John P. Christopher, Esq.

Mr. Jason William Klimek

Ms. Diane F. Krausz, Esq.

Mr. Noah Ben Potter, Esq.

Mr. Jose Alberto A. Campos Vargas

Alison Lee Williams, Esq.

Mr. Thomas J. Schultz

Mr. Geoffrey A. Mort, Esq.

Mr. Telisport W. Putsavage

Ms. Bethany J. Hills, Esq.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Mr. Robert Laurence Greenberg, Esq.

Mr. John Joseph Montes, Esq.

Mr. Samuel Sverdlov, Esq.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ms. Sara Elizabeth Payne, Esq.

Mr. Jonathan Bruce Behrins

Executive Committee Liaison

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