Throughout Lisa’s 18 year career, she has litigated and tried disputes relating to labor & employment, breach of contract, commercial banking, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defect and injury, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, professional liability, property, and products liability. Lisa also possesses extensive expertise in complex commercial insurance coverage matters, having both defended insurance companies and advocated for policy holders in commercial and residential property matters.
As she began to focus her practice on the legal cannabis and hemp industries, for 2½ years, Lisa worked under a former DEA Task Force Commander and Narcotics Prosecutor to learn the federal government’s stance on cannabis legalization and enforcement to counsel clients on federal risk mitigation and local law enforcement issues. Lisa began to represent a broad range of clients from investors to ancillary service and product providers to “plant touching” companies. Some of these clients have now expanded into other countries. In pursuit of becoming a leader and authority in this area, Lisa has become familiar with the many challenges facing cannabis and hemp businesses, such as tax, banking, insurance, and regulatory compliance issues, and she has grown a vast network of experts to assist in these areas. This work brought her from Texas to Colorado, and eventually led her to serve as Special Counsel to Tannenbaum, Trost & Burk, LLC.
Knowing the “end game” from her previous litigation work, Lisa has become adept at negotiation and contract drafting, and her a broad base of knowledge in many legal areas provides her the ability to give all around business advice to clients in the cannabis and hemp industries, such as with investment and growth strategies, as well as risk management and mitigation to avoid civil litigation, criminal prosecution, or regulatory violations. Lisa has assisted cannabis and hemp license applicants in multiple states across the country, including guiding Louisiana State University through its rollout of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. A native Texan, Lisa has been working in the legalization movement in Texas and throughout the South, earning the title, “The First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law.”
Lisa is a leader in the American Bar Association (ABA), a nationwide membership network of elite attorneys. She presented its first cannabis Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course at its annual meeting in New York City in August 2017. She is Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation, Product Liability, and Corporate Counsel Committees of the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Law Section (TIPS). She is a founding Steering Committee member in the newly formed Cannabis Law & Policy Task Force Committee, as a result of the success of her groundbreaking CLE. Lisa also writes annual articles tracking the evolution of contract law across the country for the TIPS Law Journal. She graduated from the American Bar Association’s Leadership Academy in 2015 and the Austin Bar Association’s Leadership Academy in 2016. She graduated from Leadership Austin, Essentials Class of 2017. Lisa is frequently asked to speak and write articles for organizations around the country.
Speaking and Writing
• “The Hemp Revolution Will Not be Televised … Yet,” Tort Source, American Bar Association, November 15, 2018 (article)
• Legalized Possession and Use of Cannabis: A Legal and Ethical Dilemma for Healthcare Organizations; American College of Healthcare Executive, November 9, 2018, San Marcos, TX (speaking)
• Getting Out of the Weeds: What you Need to Know About the New World of Marijuana Regulation, Oklahoma Annual Bar Association Meeting, November 7, 2018 (speaking)
• “Battle of the Bills,” Firm Blog Post, August 10, 2018 (article)
• Cannabis Issues Every Realtor Should Know, May 24, 2018, Boulder, CO (speaking)
• Texas Medical Cannabis Science and Law, April 19, 2018, at the Houston Bar Association Houston, TX (speaking)
• Legal Discussion: Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine; Veterinary Cannabis Symposium, November 20, 2017, Denver, CO (speaking)
• Cannabis Industry Insights – The Risk Management and Industry Challenges, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, September 25, 2017, Denver, CO (speaking)
• “Austin Attorney Discovers Greener Pastures,” Austin Lawyer, September 1, 2017 (article)
• “Changing Marijuana Industry Keeps Attorneys on Their Toes,” Law360, August 11, 2017 (interview)
• The Trajectory of Marijuana Law and How it Will Affect Your Practice, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 11, 2017, New York City, NY (speaking)
• Legal Perspectives on Medical Cannabis and Intellectual Property, Canntelligence, July 27, 2017, Houston, TX (speaking)
• One Lawyer’s Fight to Change Medical Marijuana Laws in Texas, CW39 News Houston, July 25, 2017 (interview)
• “The Grass is Actually Greener – Insight From a Cannabis In-House Lawyer,” Corporate Counsel Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, July 7, 2017 (article)
• “Is It Inherently Texan to Legalize Marijuana?” Dallas Morning News, July 5, 2017 (interview)
• “Meet the First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law,” Houstonia Magazine, June 22, 2017 (interview)
• Texas House Bill 2107 (Medical Marijuana) Public Health Committee Hearing, May 2, 2017, Austin, TX (testimony)
• Ask a Cannabis Lawyer, Southwest Cannabis Conference, April 22, 2016, Fort Worth, TX (speaking)
• The Status of Texas Cannabis Law, The Hemp & Garden Show, March 16, 2017, Austin, TX (speaking)
• Texas Department of Public Safety, Compassionate Use Program Hearing on Adoption of Final Rules, February 22, 2017, Austin, TX (testimony)
• Texas Cannabis Law, Texas Green Rushers, January 20, 2017, Austin, TX (speaking)
• Federal and State Cannabis Law for Physicians, Healthways Continuing Medical Education, January 7, 2017, Dallas, TX (speaking)
• “Marijuana Business Litigation – Special Considerations,” Business Litigation Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, November 1, 2016 (article)
• Texas Marijuana Laws and Interactions with Law Enforcement, Texas Veterans Conference Legal Panel, October 15, 2016, Austin, TX (speaking)
• “Recent Developments in Business Litigation-Breach of Contract,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 51-2, Spring 2016.
• “Recent Developments in Business Litigation-Breach of Contract,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 50-2, Winter 2015.
• “Recent Developments in Business Litigation- Breach of Contract,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 46-2, Winter 2011.
• “Recent Developments in Business Litigation- Breach of Contract,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 45-2, Spring 2010.
• “Recent Developments in Business Litigation- Breach of Contract,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 44-2, Winter 2009.
• “Recent Developments in Business Litigation- Breach of Contract,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 43-3, Spring 2008.
Education: University of Texas at Austin, 1997, B.A., English, Minor Psychology and Spanish
University of Houston Law Center, 2001, J.D.