Lauren Estevez

Lauren Estevez

Lauren is an attorney and nationally-recognized subject matter expert in Cannabis and CBD Law. Based in Los Angeles, Lauren advises licensed cannabis industry brands, operators, and ancillary businesses on legal strategy, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. Her work has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg Law, and at SXSW. Lauren has been practicing in the cannabis space since shortly after Proposition 64 was passed in California, and has completed over 100 cannabis projects with U.S. and international clients. In addition to cannabis, Lauren also advises clients on CBD and The Farm Bill. In 2019, The National Law Journal recognized Lauren as a Cannabis Law Trailblazer.

Practice Areas:

  • Outside General Counsel

  • Cannabis Regulatory Compliance

  • Cannabis Licensing Advising

  • CBD Business & Regulatory Advising

  • Equity financing, PPMs, and investor agreements

  • M&A

  • Commercial Contracts (Supply, Distributor, Vendor Agreements)

  • Corporate Governance & Entity Formation

  • Joint Venture Agreements & Partnership Negotiations

Prior to her career in cannabis, Lauren graduated from Harvard Law School and worked at an AmLaw100 global law firm in London & New York in the Capital Markets and Banking groups, and at a start up, where she managed a multi-million dollar book of business and her clients included emerging and Fortune 500 life sciences and technology companies. 

Lauren advises brands, investors, and operators in the world’s largest cannabis market, California. In addition to her experience in the California cannabis market, she brings a global perspective having worked abroad and with publicly-traded companies earlier in her career. Lauren’s clients appreciate her thorough, effective, and results-oriented approach to legal advising.

Professional Awards & Associations

National Law Journal - Cannabis Law Trailblazer 2019 (Awarded to the top cannabis attorneys in the U.S.)

Daily Journal - Top 40 Attorneys in California Under 40 - 2019

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American Bar Association

National Cannabis Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association


Harvard Law School, J.D. 2013

(Dean’s Scholar, International Dispute Resolution; Primary Editor, HHRJ)

Williams College, B.A.

(cum laude)


Active Member of the California Bar

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