Alison represents clients in intellectual property and corporate matters, advising on trademark prosecution and enforcement, IP portfolio strategy and management, IP licensing, manufacturing, social media and influencers, celebrity endorsements, copyright, and trade secrets. She also counsels clients on entity structuring and formation, fundraising, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiation.
Alison has extensive experience advising on complex regulatory, business, and intellectual property issues for clients in highly regulated industries, including cannabis, hemp, and health and wellness, and has served as general outside counsel to many of these companies. She provides guidance on licensing, regulatory compliance, packaging and labeling, and marketing and advertising.
Alison teaches Cannabis Law and Policy at Santa Clara University School of Law, and regularly teaches CLE courses and speaks at industry events related to cannabis, hemp, cosmetics, and nutritional supplements. She has been interviewed and quoted by major media outlets including the BBC, KQED, LA Times, International Business Times, Huffington Post, ABC News, and Rolling Stone, and received the National Law Journal Trailblazer Award for her work on celebrity IP licensing deals in the cannabis space.
When not busy representing her clients or teaching, Alison enjoys mountain biking, trail running, skiing, and hiking throughout Northern California.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.D. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- San Francisco County Bar Association
- National Cannabis Bar Association
- International Trademark Association
- American Bar Association