Mia is an Oregon cannabis attorney and a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars. She practices general business law, specializing in legal marijuana, hemp, and CBD out of Gleam Law’s Portland, OR office. Mia has served clients throughout the industry, from OLCC licensees to policy advocates and industrial hemp businesses. She is also VP and Secretary of the Oregon Industry Progress Association, a political action group advocating for business friendly-change to Oregon’s recreational cannabis policy. She also has an Oregon and California CPA (inactive).
An honors graduate of UCLA and Pepperdine Law, Mia previously worked in public accounting at KPMG, providing internal control audit and advisory services to large companies with a focus on the retail, banking, and automotive industries. After moving to Oregon in 2014, she began to focus on business law and specifically serving the growing cannabis industry as an Oregon cannabis attorney.
With family members involved in the recreational market, Mia knows firsthand some of the challenges and pitfalls facing the growing legal marijuana, CBD and hemp industry. She is passionate about helping clients find cost-effective solutions that allow cannabis businesses of all types to succeed and prosper.
As a Portland cannabis lawyer at Gleam Law, Mia has experience in a range of business law disciplines from entity setup, cannabis licensing and contracts to business acquisitions and sales.
When not working, Mia can be found in the mountains, on the trails, or at the farm with her husband and three daughters.
- J.D. from Pepperdine University – magna cum laude
- B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles – cum laude
- Member of the Oregon Bar and Washington Bar
Oregon State Bar Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Section, Treasurer – 2022
Oregon State Bar Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Section, Secretary – 2021
Oregon State Bar Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Section, Executive Committee – 2020
Oregon Industry Progress Association, General Counsel and Advocate
Oregon State Bar Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Section, New Lawyers Committee
Psychedelic and Cannabis Research Summit – Friday, Oct 8
Business Law Presentation – Lewis & Clark Law School – Sep 29, 2021
OSB Business Law Presentation – Oregon State Bar – Sep 22, 2021
Cannabis Law Webinar Series: Psychedelics – Fasken Cannabis Group – September 14, 2021
Pitfalls of Bad Cannabis Legal Advice and What to Do Instead, – National Association of Cannabis, Cannabis, February 9, 2021
Webinar: Practical Advice for Businesses in Today’s Economy – May 14, 2020
Cannabis business conference – Speaker, Ask an Expert – Legal, Cannabis Collaborative Conference, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Presentation taking audience through a hypothetical company and the mistakes and decisions made – Speaker, Making All the Right Decisions from Concept to Success, RAD Expo, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Moderator for Emerging Employment Issues panel – Moderator, Northwest Cannabis Law Institute, Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Presentation for business and tax attorneys – Speaker, Oregon Business and Tax Law for Cannabis Businesses, Oregon State Bar, Business, Tax, 2019
Presentation for college students in cannabis law and policy course – Speaker, Cannabis as a Consumer Good: Negative Consumption Externalities and Potential Policy Solutions, including State Licensure, Taxation, Local Land Use Law, and Local Time, Place, and Manner Ordinances, Western Oregon University, 2019
Presentation to college students in Cannabis Law and Policy course – Speaker, Legal Limits of the Anticommandeering Doctrine: The Value of the Strength of Walls, Western Oregon University, Business, Cannabis, 2019
One hour long presentation to tax attorneys about tax and business consideration specific to clients in the cannabis industry – Speaker, Cannabis Law for the Non-Cannabis Tax Attorney, New Tax Lawyers Committee, Business, Tax, 2018
Presentation to tax attorneys – Speaker, Cannabis Law for the Non-Cannabis Tax Attorney, New Tax Lawyers Committee, Business, Tax, 2018
A presentation to business owners and investors in the Oregon state-legal cannabis industry about buying and selling highly regulated OLCC licensed businesses successfully – Speaker, Navigating Business Transactions in the Highly Regulated OLCC Market, Indo Expo, Business, Cannabis, 2019
One hour long presentation to Oregon Business Law Section members about representing clients in the cannabis industry – Speaker, An Introduction to Cannabis Law, New Business Lawyer Committee, Business, 2018
One and a quarter hour long presentation on tax and business law for state-legal cannabis companies. Co-presented with CPAs from BC Consulting – Speaker, Oregon Cannabis Business and Tax Law for Financial Professionals, Oregon State Bar Mid Valley Tax Conference, Business, Cannabis, Tax, 2018
Article about Oregon’s response to the vaping lung disease crisis., Author, The Vaping Crisis and Oregon’s Response, Argent and Schuster Publications, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Article covering the Oregon Court of Appeals stay of rules prohibiting flavored vape products., Author, Governor Brown’s Directive That Oregon Ban Flavored Vaping Product Stayed by the State Court of Appeals, Argent and Schuster Publications, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Article on OLCC rule violation penality changes in House Bill 2098., Author, Recent Oregon Legislation Changes Penalties for Oregon Liquor Control Commission Rule Violations for the Cannabis Industry, Argent and Schuster Publications, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Published article, Author, Overview of Oregon’s Current Financial Interest Rules in Anticipation of OLCC’s New Guidance, Argent and Schuster Publications, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Published article, Author, Navigating Today’s Wild West: Cannabis Clients Lack Banking Options Amid Onerous Federal Requirements, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Published article, Author, Allocation of Oregon Recreational Cannabis Taxes and Lack of Funding for Rural Counties, Argent and Schuster Publications, Business, Cannabis, 2019
Published article, Author, Oregon 2019 Legislative Session Roundup: New Oregon Cannabis Laws, Argent and Schuster Publications, Business, Cannabis, 2019