Total Credits: 3.25 CLE
Members of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association will present an overview of 2022 legal updates in the areas of family, dependency, expungements, and Arizona's social equity program.
The group will also cover: • Title and escrow aspects of cannabis-related real estate transactions,
• New tips on cultivation management services agreements and how to keep your client compliant with cannabis laws, and
• Protecting a cannabis business brand.
Finally, members of the Arizona cannabis business community will present on:
• What changes recreational use has brought into the dispensary product lines,
• Medical patient advocacy, as well as
• Arizona cannabis safety testing rules and regulations.
Jane Fix, Director of Patient Services, Sol Flower Dispensaries
Ryan Hurley, Copperstate Farms
George Griffeth, Level One Labs
Ira Schwartz, Parker Schwartz, PLLC
Chadwick Campbell, Thomas Title and Escrow
Sonia Martinez, Law Office of Sonia Martinez*
Gary Smith, Guidant Law*
*Also serving as panelists.
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is responsible for Underwriting and National Commercial Business Development for Thomas Title & Escrow. As a lawyer, advisor, technology leader, and military officer, his career focus has been complex issue management. Since 2015, he has been advising clients on financial and insurance matters. Chad is essentially a deal facilitator-providing underwriting support to our title team, and working with clients to connect them to the various services and resources that Thomas Title offers.
Chad served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer, which included combat duty with a squadron of F-15E fighter jets. After law school, he practiced in Arizona as a civil litigation attorney. In London and Chicago, he ran the EMEA and development operations for a financial-industry software firm. In 2015, he returned to his home state of Arizona, and as a Director for a boutique insurance advisory firm, assisted individual and corporate clients with private placement investments and sophisticated insurance strategies.
He lives in Phoenix with his wife and their three children. He founded a junior tennis program, and is actively involved in the tennis and autism communities. He volunteers at his children's schools, and serves on the Board of Directors of two nonprofits in Phoenix.
Education and Professional Qualifications
• University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law, Juris Doctor
• Duke University, School of Engineering, B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
• FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses (2015-2020)
Community Service and Affiliations
• Chair, State Bar of Arizona, Real Property Section Executive Council (Member, 2019 - present; Chair, 2021-22)
• Member, Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (2019 - present)
• Member, Valley Partnership (2019 - present)
• Valley Leadership (Valley Leadership Institute, Class 38)
• Urban Land Institute Associate Member (2018 - present) ULI Arizona NEXT program (2019 - present)
• Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Board of Directors (2018 - present), Planned Giving Professional Advisory Council (2016 - 2019)
• Board of Directors, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Member, 2016 - present; President, 2021-2022)
• Program Director, ACEing Autism - Phoenix (2017 - present)
• Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee (2009 - present)
• Committee Chair, Phoenix Country Day School Parents' Association (2015 - 2019)
• Member, United States Tennis Association - Phoenix District, Junior Team Tennis Committee (2018-2020)
Sonia Martinez was recently appointed as a Judge Pro Tem for Maricopa County Justice Courts. For the past thirteen years, she has been the principal and owner of her own law firm in Mesa, Arizona. She also works in Indian Country and is licensed to practice in over 8 local tribal courts. She focuses her practice on representing tribal and non tribal members in their private family, dependency and criminal law matters. She has also been working with small businesses and tribal governments respecting issues with the Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act since 2010, and is the Vice President of the Arizona Cannabis Lawyer’s Association. Ms. Martinez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwestern Law School as a John J. Schumacher Minority Leader Scholar and earned special United States Congressional recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Public Service to the Community in 2004.
Licensed to practice law first in California in 2004, Ms. Martinez is the past Co-Chair of the Arizona State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, Co-Chair of the 2015 State Bar Convention, Chair of the 2013 Minority Bar Convention, Past President of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona, and teaches a special seminar class at the ASU Indian Legal Program on representing criminal defendants in tribal court.
Ms. Martinez also serves on the Board of Directors and is the Compliance Officer for the United Food Bank, past board member for Whisper & Thunder, and Board Member for MomForce USA. In addition, she is a panel member on the selection committee for the Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute, and presented as a panelist at dozens of educational seminars. She is also a team member for the Maricopa County Superior Court Judicial Performance Review Commission Conference Teams. Most importantly, she is a mother of two daughters ages 24 and 15, and grandmother of two.
Ira M. Schwartz is a partner in Parker Schwartz, PLLC located in Phoenix, Arizona. He practices primarily in the intellectual property area, representing a broad range of clients from large corporations and universities, to small and medium sized high tech businesses, to individual artists, authors and inventors. His practice includes litigating and defending patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases in federal courts, state courts, and through arbitration; and transactional work including preparing licensing and royalty agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, technology related employment agreements and restrictive covenants; and prosecuting copyright and trademark applications, both in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Schwartz lectures frequently on the topics of Computer and Internet Law, Intellectual Property Law and International Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes. He is a past Board member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and a past president of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Mr. Schwartz is also a Judge Pro Tempore of the Arizona Superior Court. In addition to his active intellectual property litigation practice, he regularly serves as a mediator and an arbitrator.
is an AV Preeminent-rated™ commercial litigation attorney, is a founding partner of Guidant PLC, and is a mediator/arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. During his 25+ years in practice, Mr. Smith has represented an assortment of clients in State and Federal courts, administrative hearings, and arbitrations. He has also authored two legal treatises on construction law. Since 2010, Mr. Smith has represented a variety of cannabis industry participants, is a Founding Director and current President of the Cannabis Bar Association and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of cannabis issues. In 2019, he was amici counsel before the Arizona Supreme Court on behalf of the former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in State v. Jones, a case that restored cannabis contracts to legal status in Arizona. Mr. Smith is an advocate of alternative dispute resolution for the cannabis industry, has taught ADR classes for the American Arbitration Association, and has registered the trademarks: Weediation and Weediator to advertise his ADR services. Gary can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.