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Webinar: Cannabis Industry Look-Back and Forecast

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May 15 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE. Presented by the CLA Cannabis Practitioners Group

Recap of cannabis-related legislation, case law and regulatory updates from 2023 and forecast for what we can anticipate for the industry in 2024. This program will touch on California and federal updates.

Whitney Hodges is a partner at Sheppard Mullin in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego office. Whitney’s practice focuses on the representation of clients involved in real estate development. She advises and represents major residential, industrial, commercial and mixed-use development projects, as well as Native American Indian tribes and renewable energy developers through all phases of the land use regulatory process and environmental compliance, including litigation. Whitney is also leader of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Team, and assists operators and ancillary service providers in ensuring regulatory compliance.  

Non-Member Price: $75.00
Member Price: $55.00

Whitney Hodges

Speaker: Jennifer N. Le

Jennifer N. Le is an associate in the Governmental Practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Jennifer boasts a varied practice geared towards providing excellent legal advice and counsel to her clients. This includes litigating complex business disputes, leading and managing investigations, developing corporate compliance programs, and providing white collar defense.

In the litigation arena, Jennifer has extensive experience litigating matters in both federal and state courts, including managing cases from their inception to trial/settlement. She frequently represents individuals, organizations, municipalities, nonprofits, and companies/corporations in matters dealing with the False Claims Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law, public and governmental policies, environmental torts, trade secret misappropriations, digital media issues, real estate disputes, and corporate internal affairs and fiduciary obligations. With keen expertise in e-discovery and data analytics, Jennifer leads discovery efforts with an eye towards both efficiency and meticulousness. Jennifer prides herself in her ability to manage large-scale discovery, which includes responding to discovery demands, handling extensive document productions, and engaging in discovery motion practice. Jennifer has also second-chaired a probate and corporate matter in trial that led to a multimillion dollar settlement for her clients.

In the government contracts and investigations realm, Jennifer has conducted numerous investigations and audits involving healthcare fraud (e.g., backdating, up-coding, unbundling, etc.), kickbacks, falsified claims and certifications, pricing manipulation, money laundering, bank fraud, consumer fraud, antitrust, bribery, and internal control compliance issues. As part of these investigations, she has also formulated and helped companies implement corrective action plans, and assisted clients in making voluntary disclosures to government agencies and enforcement officials when necessary.

Jennifer believes that the best defense is oftentimes the best compliance program. Over the years, she has developed compliance programs and advisory packages to help her clients navigate difficult and complex laws, including anti-corruption laws, political gifting and gratuities regulations, and procurement protocols. By first analyzing corporate risks and performing due diligence, she then drafts appropriate policies and contract language to insulate companies from potential liability. In terms of general counseling, Jennifer has counseled companies on legal issues related to the Internet, domain names and IP addresses. She has also helped companies structure business models to comply with the latest cannabis regulations.

Jennifer N. Le

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