Laura A. Bianchi

Partner & Shareholder

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Laura is one of the nation’s foremost experts in cannabis business law and financing. Having begun her work in the discipline with the 2010 passage of Arizona’s medical marijuana law, She was among the first business/corporate transaction attorneys in the country to specialize in the nascent legal cannabis market and has represented clients in more than $100 million in transactions in the industry.

Laura's cannabis business expertise supports the success of her clients at every stage of development, from startup, through operations, to exit. Having worked closely with state regulators on the development of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program and rule making processes in more than a dozen states nationwide, she is deeply familiar with all aspects of the regulatory and licensing process. Her meticulous attention to detail and holistic, top-down approach to client relations has led to precedent-setting legal wins and among the largest cannabis-related financial transactions in the country.

 

Along the way, Laura has become a passionate and powerful advocate for the development of a professional and responsible cannabis industry. She served as co-chair of the Phoenix chapter of the Women Grow, a national organization dedicated to empowering women leaders in the cannabis industry. Laura has been featured as a cannabis expert in media outlets across the country, including O Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, DOPE Magazine and Phoenix Business Journal. Laura has spoken at major events including the Phoenix Business Journal: Table of Experts, Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo, the World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo, various Arizona Department of Real Estate seminars, and panels with many of Arizona’s most influential politicians.  Arizona Foothills Magazine named Laura a "Trendsetter" and AZMarijuana.com named her an “Industry Blazer” for her pioneering work in the movement. Laura has been selected as a Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star, an honor reserved for attorneys who demonstrate excellence in their practice.

Education

Vermont Law School, J.D

University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A. (Major: Political Science)

Court and Bar Admissions

Arizona State Bar

United States District Court for the District of Arizona 

Community Involvement

Arizona Dancing with the Stars, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (2019)

Iron Boy Promotions, Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts

LFA Fight Promotions

Combates Americas

Special Distinctions and Achievements

Super Lawyers® Southwest Rising Stars (2016-2019)

Arizona Foothills Trendsetter (2016)

Industry Blazer, AZMarijuana.com (2018)

Leading Ladies of 420, Phoenix New Times (2016)

Professional Memberships

Maricopa County Bar Association

International Cannabis Bar Association

National Cannabis Industry Association

California Cannabis Industry Association

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Suite 210

Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

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