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Founder & Principal

Joe Rogoway

About Joe Rogoway

As Founder & Principal of Rogoway Law Group, Joe Rogoway maintains a diverse cannabis law practice. Widely recognized as a thought-leader in the cannabis industry, Joe has dedicated his academic and professional career to cannabis law reform and regulation.

In 2001, as a legal study major at UC Santa Cruz, Joe attended the School of Law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in order to study the world’s closest example (at the time) of cannabis regulation and legitimized commerce.

Three years later, as a law student at the University of San Francisco, Joe clerked at Americans for Safe Access. While at ASA, Joe was tasked with assisting patients and caregivers navigate the implementation of SB 420 and the associated collective model. This clerkship took place at a time before there was a cannabis industry.

In his continued pursuit of cannabis law reform, Joe found himself on the front lines of prohibition as a trial attorney at the Mendocino and Sonoma County Public Defender’s offices. His work in Northern California gave Joe invaluable insight into the world of cannabis production and its impact on communities north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This led Joe to work on multiple California state ballot initiatives, beginning in 2010, to legalize the adult use of cannabis.

His work in the trenches of law and policy fortified Joe’s expertise in cannabis law and allowed him to carve out a practice area in this field. In 2011, Joe formed Rogoway Law Group as a firm dedicated to serving the cannabis industry.

Over the last 5 years, Rogoway Law Group has grown to become an institution in the cannabis industry. Its internationally renowned team of legal experts are known for their advocacy work and unsurpassed understanding of cannabis law and policy.

Practice Areas
  • Cannabis Law
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Government Relations
  • Industry Relations
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Strategic Planning
  • General Business Practice
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
  • Washington D.C.
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of California
Education
  • University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 2005)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 2002)

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Professional Experience
  • Law Office of the Public Defender, County of Sonoma, Felony Trial Deputy (2008 - 2011)
  • Mendocino County Public Defender's Office, Deputy Public Defender (2006 - 2008)
  • Mullen and Filipi, Associate Attorney (2005 - 2006)
  • Americans For Safe Access, Law Clerk (2004 - 2005)
Speaking Engagements
  • Cannabis Business Summit, "What an Investor Wants: Insights from Investors for Securing Financing and Avoiding Risk." 2016
  • Cannabis Business Summit, "Mergers and Acquisitions in the Cannabis Industry." 2016
  • Elevated Cannabis Compliance Conference, 2016
  • SCGA First Fundraiser, “Emerging Issues in the Cannabis Industry,” 2015
  • Marijuana DUI, “Marijuana DUI: Does Cannabis Impair Driving?” 2015
  • Cannabis Tax and Law Symposium, “Running a Cannabis Centric Practice,” 2015
  • Cannabis Business Summit, “Litigation Issues Within the Cannabis Industry,” 2015
  • 2015 Spring Seminar, “Marijuana Cases, Medical Collectives and Cooperatives,” 2015
  • Aspen Legal Seminar, “Crossing the Narc: Techniques in Cross-Examining the Narcotics Expert,” 2014
  • Cannabis in California, Ending the 100 Year War, “Cannabis Legalization,” 2013
  • West Coast Cannabis Expo and Music Festival, “Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012,” 2011
  • Reform Conference,”Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012,” 2011
  • Next Steps Conference, “Cannabis Policy Reform,” 2010
Published Articles
  • Cal Bar Journal, Criminal Law Section, “Effectuating the Medical Cannabis Defense in California,” 2015
  • Kush Magazine, “Legalization and How California will Lead in Cannabis Centric Innovation,” 2011
  • West Coast Leaf, “The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012” 2011
Awards & Recognition
  • “Rising Star”, Super Lawyers®, 2015
  • “Rising Star”, Super Lawyers®, 2016
Memberships & Associations
  • Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, Board of Directors (2015)
  • National Cannabis Industry Association, Member (2014 - Present)
  • California Cannabis Industry Association, Member (2014 - Present)
  • NORML Legal Committee, Attorney Member (2013 - Present)
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Member (2011 - Present)

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