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Ethics 301 - How You Manage Too Many Clients: Perspectives on Conflicts of Interest

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Alternative Dispute Resolution |  Business of Law |  Cannabis |  Copyrights and Trademarks |  Corporate Governance |  Ethics |  Intellectual Property |  Licensing |  Licensing and Permitting |  Patents & Trade Secrets
Phillip Neiman |  Omar Figueroa |  David Ruskin |  Beau Epperly
1 Hour 35 Minutes
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Most lawyers dream of having many clients seeking their services. For cannabis lawyers, that dream can become a nightmare even with careful management. Offering differing perspectives on an issue with no perfect answers, our panelists will debate how to manage conflicts of interest during competitive licensing and applications.



This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

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Phillip Neiman's Profile

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Mediator & Arbitrator


Phillip Neiman, Esq., FCIArb is a mediator and arbitrator, specializing in the resolution of complex business and commercial disputes. He devotes much of his practice to securities and investment-related cases, including shareholder, partnership and M&A disputes, and has substantial experience resolving employment, insurance, intellectual property, professional liability and privacy tort cases. His subspecialties include fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrency and cannabis sector disputes. Prior to establishing his ADR practice in 2004, Mr. Neiman spent a decade as CEO and General Counsel of a FINRA-registered investment bank. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), a J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Neiman hears cases nationwide.  

Omar Figueroa's Profile

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Omar Figueroa has more than twenty three years of experience at the vanguard of California cannabis law and is widely respected as an industry expert.

Omar earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Yale College in Connecticut and his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in California. He also graduated from the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, and earned a certificate from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School after completing the intensive “Boards That Lead: Corporate Governance That Builds Value” program in Pennsylvania for directors of corporate boards. 

Omar is a Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association as well as a Director of the Cannabis Travel Association International.  He is also a Founding Lifetime Member and former Director of the International Cannabis Bar Association, a Lifetime Member of the NORML Legal Committee, and recognized with the Distinguished Counsel’s Award by NORML. 

Omar is the author of numerous legal reference works including: 2022 California Cannabis Laws and Regulations, New York Cannabis Laws and Regulations 2021, 2021 California Cannabis Laws and Regulations (available in a Kindle Edition), California Cannabis Laws and Regulations 2020 (also available in a Kindle Edition),  California Cannabis Laws and Regulations: 2019 Edition (also available in a Kindle Edition), California Cannabis Laws: MAUCRSA Edition (also available in a Kindle edition), and Cannabis Codes of California: Legalization Edition.  

Omar has earned respect for his historic work documenting the legal evolution of cannabis law in California.  His books are part of the collection of the Stanford Libraries and can be found at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School.

Omar was trained as a litigator by his mentor, legendary San Francisco trial lawyer J. Tony Serra.  He also served a two year-term as a member of the Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group after being appointed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

Omar frequently appears in media coverage as a legal expert on cannabis.  He has spoken at cannabis events around the world, such as Spannabis and The International Cannabis Business Conference in Barcelona, MJBizCon NEXT in New Orleans, The Emerald Cup in Sonoma County, and the State of Cannabis in Long Beach, to name a few. 

Omar’s cannabis expertise is not limited to the law, and he has at various times over the years served as a judge for The Emerald Cup, which has been characterized as the Academy Awards of Cannabis.  He is a member of the Ganjier Founder’s Circle and, along with a team of cannabis experts, guided the development of the Ganjier cannabis sommelier certification program.

Omar’s interests are not limited to cannabis, and he has a profound, long-term interest in entheogen law and policy. Omar has served as a  Legal Advisor to Decriminalize California, a campaign to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in California by means of a statewide voter initiative.

Omar also volunteers his time as a Board Member with the Sonoma County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, and is active with the Law Enforcement Surveillance Technology (LEST) team. 

Omar considers himself fortunate to live  in gorgeous West Sonoma County.  In his free time, Omar practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has patiently advanced over many years to the rank of purple belt.  Like the late Anthony Bourdain, another purple belt, Omar’s humble goal in jiu-jitsu is to “suck less tomorrow” by focusing on technique and making small incremental improvements.

David Ruskin's Profile

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

David is a partner with the Chicago-based law firm, HMB Legal Counsel.  Following 25 years of litigating business and tax disputes, in 2016 David turned his full energy to focus on providing legal counsel to the cannabis industry, representing entrepreneurs, investors and business owners, both plant touching and ancillary trades.

David Ruskin leads the firm's Cannabis practice. He advises both public and privately companies on a wide range of corporate issues including mergers, acquisitions, and financing and tax transactions. David counsels entrepreneurs, investors, and business owners to help achieve their goals in the Cannabis industry. He represents companies facing business and tax litigation and provides outside general counsel services.

Having worked with cannabis companies for nearly a decade, David’s cannabis practice touches every part of the industry. He represents national and expanding brands, licensed retailers, cultivators and processors, and delivery services. David also advises non-plant touching and start-up companies as they look to grow in the evolving industry, and he helps both investors and companies seeking capital create the appropriate agreement to accomplish their goals.

David helps clients navigate unsettled and differing statutes, regulations, and industry-specific legal developments. He enjoys guiding clients through the state licensing process and counseling on issues that arise from early-stage application steps through the company’s lifespan. David has assisted license holders from over 15 legalized states in expanding their operations into new jurisdictions, empowering them to enter new markets with compliance and confidence.

With extensive litigation experience, David represents clients in an array of issues litigated in the cannabis industry and beyond. He often represents clients in partnership, ownership, and contract disputes and defends clients involved in whistleblower (qui tam), False Claims Act claims, and multistate tax issues. David represents clients before state courts, administrative tax tribunals, appellate, and federal courts.

Prior to joining the firm, David was a partner in the Litigation Group and led the Cannabis practice at HMB Legal Counsel, a well-established, corporate-focused law firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

David was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in 2024 for Cannabis Law and Closely and Privately Held Business Law by Leading Lawyers magazine.

*Counsel for the Illinois Craft Cannabis Association in lawsuit against the State of Illinois, Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Agriculture for a writ of mandamus compelling the scoring and issuance of craft grower and infuser licenses that were indefinitely suspended by the Governor’s emergency proclamations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Counsel for an Illinois licensed medical cannabis dispensary, for its sale/transfer of its business and related Illinois dispensary licenses, two medical and one adult-use, to a multi-state operator.

*Counsel for numerous applicants for Illinois cannabis licenses, including dispensing organizations, craft growers, infusers, and transporters.

*General counsel for a specialty chocolate maker that produces cannabis infused chocolate edibles. Provided licensing agreements in Washington and California to produce and sell branded products in conjunction with licensed partners in other jurisdictions.

Beau Epperly's Profile

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Epperly | Elam | Fuochi

Beau Epperly advises startup-business clients in all aspects of the startup cycle; from formation to exit.  He guides mature companies through complex securities and regulatory matters. He and his team have led a wide variety of complex and unique funding deals for startups and recapitalization funding for existing businesses.  Beau is recognized for his ability to advance creative solutions to difficult problems; and as a result has saved deals from failure.  

In addition to practicing law, Beau co-founded two companies: TriVino, a supply-chain management company for California wineries, and All9s, a cloud-to-cloud disaster-recovery software-as-a-service (SaaS) company for cloud-based businesses.        

"Epp" as he is known to his friends played and coached rugby domestically and internationally for 17 years in parallel with his professional pursuits.  He served as head coach of the Olympic Club 7s men's rugby team in San Francisco. He has also served as a board member for Easter Seals Bay Area, an organization assisting families blessed with children with autism. 



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