Jay Purcell

Associate Attorney

Jay Purcell

About Jay Purcell

Jay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, he graduated cum laude with Distinction in All Subjects and was named as a College Scholar.

Prior to practicing law, Jay worked with a variety of labor, environmental and health rights groups in South Africa, New York, and California on campaigns related to housing rights, forest defense, and intellectual property licensing.

Jay earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley, where he served as an editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and as a research assistant for Professors Talha Syed and Russell Robinson. While at Berkeley, Jay won a fellowship from the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases and spent a semester as an extern at UC Berkeley’s Office of Intellectual Property & Industrial Research Alliance.

As an attorney with Rogoway law, Jay is excited for the opportunity to utilize both his advocacy roots and his legal experience on behalf of the cannabis industry.

Deals List

At Rogoway Law Group, Jay’s corporate cannabis experience includes Corporate Finance, Company Counsel, Partnerships and Real Estate practices:

Corporate Finance

• Led dozens of convertible debt, promissory note and equity financings for cultivators, dispensaries, transporters, testers, manufacturers and distributors throughout in Sonoma, Mendocino, San Francisco, Alameda and Los Angeles counties

• Experience as both company-counsel and investor-counsel

• Negotiated and drafted numerous agreements to finance, expand and commercialize small cannabis operations

Company Counsel

• Dozens of multi-benefit corporation representations, including mergers into for-profit entities

• Significant experience in governance of small and large collectives throughout Northern California

• Expensive compliance work in Mendocino, Sonoma, San Francisco and Alameda counties and sovereign Native American territory

• Represents companies and collectives focused on edibles, senior citizens, specialty foods, delivery services, artisan dispensary and indoor, outdoor and mixed-light cultivators

Partnerships

• Negotiated group’s investment into expanding Alameda County dispensary, including debt refinancing, multiple special participation rights and the purchase and redevelopment of commercial real estate

• Led negotiation and drafting of numerous partnership and operating agreements by and among adult- and medical-focused cultivators, dispensers, manufacturers, transporters, testers and service providers, including buy-sell provisions, ROFRs, information rights, profits interests and equity incentive plans

• Negotiated partnerships between cannabis companies for co-development of cultivation sites in Northern California and co-manufacturing sites

Real Estate

• Financing, leasing, build-out and commercialization of warehouse space in Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda counties

• Multiple large commercial leases for manufacturing and cultivation space in Alameda County

• Two-step acquisition of a limited liability company holding a large RRD parcel in Sonoma County

• Negotiated lease, partnership agreement and development rights for 8-acre parcel on sovereign Native American territory

Practice Areas
  • Corporate & Transactional
  • Company Counsel
  • Securities
  • Partnerships
  • Real Estate
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
Education
  • UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall (J.D., 2011)
  • Cornell (M.P.S, 2007)
  • Cornell (B.A., cum laude, 2005)
Languages
  • Swahili

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Professional Experience
  • Led dozens of convertible debt, promissory note and equity financings for cultivators, dispensaries, transporters, testers, manufacturers and distributors throughout Sonoma, Mendocino, San Francisco, Alameda and Los Angeles counties
  • Experience as both company-counsel and investor-counsel
  • Negotiated and drafted numerous agreements to finance, expand and commercialize small cannabis operations
  • Goodwin Procter LLP, Associate (2014 - 2015)
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Corporate Associate (2011- 2014)
  • UC Berkeley, IP & Industrial Research Alliances, Legal Extern (2011)
Published Articles
Awards & Recognition
  • Centre for Civil Society, Visiting Scholar at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (2006)
  • American Jurisprudence Prize, Research Assistant for Professors Talha Syed & Russell Robinson
  • Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases Fellowship, Berkeley
  • State Department FLAS Fellowship, Sage Fellowship, Cornell
  • College Scholar, Distinction in All Subjects, Cum Laude in Government, Cornell (2005)
Memberships & Associations
  • Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Submissions Editor
Volunteer Work
  • Boalt Hall Alumni Association, Board of Directors, Chair of Young Alum Committee (2013 - Present)
  • Magnet, HIV & STI Test Counselor (2008 - 2011)

Contact Jay Purcell

jaypurcell@rogowaylaw.com