Legal Panel

Laws dealing with i502 have been changing steadily since the legalization of recreational cannabis.  The legal panel will discuss all the new laws passed in the last legislative session as well as some of the ambiguity of some of the old laws.

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Jerry Derevyanny - Moderator

Jerry was General Counsel of Northwest Cannabis Solutions and helped guide NWCS from its pre-licensed phase to becoming a 200+ employee cannabis producer/processor.  Currently he is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Cannex Group. Prior to that, Mr. Derevyanny

Jerry was also previously the head litigation partner at Adler Vermillion & Skocilich LLP after starting his career as a commercial litigator at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City (now a part of Arnold & Porter LLP).

Jerry holds a BA in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington and a JD from Boston University. Mr. Derevyanny is a licensed attorney in Washington and New York.

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Christine Masse

Christine M. Masse is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. She is the leader of the government and regulatory affairs practice group and specializes in representing businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory, and public policy needs. Chris also leads Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s tribal team, providing counsel to various Northwest Native American tribes and organizations on marijuana and other issues. She maintains a practice before the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board on liquor and marijuana matters. 

Before joining the firm, Chris was a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, U.S. District Court, Seattle, Washington. In 1997, she clerked for the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney, in Springfield, Illinois.

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sam mendez

Sam dedicates his practice to corporate law, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and litigation in representing the cannabis industry. Prior to private practice, Sam was the executive director of UW Law’s Cannabis Law & Policy Project. Sam is one of the founding members of the WSBA Cannabis Law Section and speaks regularly in CLEs and to the media on the subject. Sam is a pro bono attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.