Harris Bricken

Harris Bricken is a boutique international law firm with lawyers in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Barcelona and Beijing. Our focus is on small and medium sized businesses that operate internationally and on multinational companies that require specialized legal assistance.

We have lawyers licensed in China, Russia, Spain, Germany, Australia and various states in America. Our language capabilities include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Though we are small in size, we are big in reputation, both for our legal knowledge and for the relationships we establish with our clients.

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Last week, AB-45 completed its run through the California legislature and was presented to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature, which is probably imminent. Once he signs it, the law takes effect and will pave the way for legal CBD consumables, while banning (at least temporarily) any kind of hemp-derived inhalable product. If you want to read our prior analysis of AB-45, see this post. If you know even a little about the twists…
By and large, cannabis businesses are small businesses. We’ve represented hundreds of these businesses over the years, in many states. Within these businesses one finds many kinds of people. They include legacy operators transitioning from traditional markets, to well-heeled investors coming from industries like banking and private equity. And everyone in between. Of course, performance has been mixed. We have clients we’ve worked with regularly for five or six years here in Oregon, for example,…
Recently, we covered Sacha Baron Cohen and his company’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Massachusetts dispensary Solar Therapeutics, its President and Director, Edward Dow III, filed a motion to dismiss this week for failure to demonstrate Mr. Dow is personally liable for Solar’s conduct. As we mentioned in the last post, personal liability is not something we see often, especially in California, but Massachusetts law does provide for liability in certain instances. Specifically, the motion states:…
Ten days ago, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris opened one-day HLED: High-Level Economic Dialogue (Diálogo Económico de Alto Nivel or DEAN, in Spanish) talks in Washington D.C., led by U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. The HLED was originally launched in 2013 by then-Presidents Obama and Peña-Nieto (and chaired at the time by then-Vice President Biden), but halted by President Trump almost as soon as he took office. The goal…
I’ve preached before on the blog about how often our firm gets pulled into M&A deals where the parties have screwed up reporting the transaction to cannabis regulators on both the state and local levels. In California, in particular, changes of ownership have been a painful affair where the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) routinely has changed its position around when a complete change of ownership (in violation of the regulations) has occurred. As we…