Law Seminars International Presents: The Second Annual Seminar on

Medical Cannabis in Illinois
New regulatory and legal issues for the medical cannabis industry

April 25, 2016
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, business professionals and governmental officials interested in the medical cannabis business

Why You Should Order

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program is among the most highly regulated and complex state cannabis programs, and is now a model for other states considering legislation and ballot initiatives.

This timely seminar will examine the Program's new legal and business developments for patients, doctors, hospitals, employers, cultivation centers, dispensaries and lawyers. In particular, the seminar will address: The Program's current status; updates on national legal and industry developments, real estate considerations, banking and tax implications, lending and private equity in the industry, labor and employment issues, ethics for cannabis attorneys, and other issues for businesses in the Program; and the standards and risks for lawyers working in this area.

We hope you can join us to be a part of this important conference.

Program Co-Chairs: Eric P. Berlin, Esq., Jones Day and Bob Morgan, Esq., Much Shelist, P.C.

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Monday, April 25, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Eric P. Berlin, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jones Day / Chicago, IL

Bob Morgan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Much Shelist, P.C. / Chicago, IL

8:45 am

National Legal and Industry Developments

The intersection of federal and state laws for the United States' fastest growing industry

Eric P. Berlin, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jones Day / Chicago, IL

Jeremy S. Unruh, Esq., General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
PharmaCannis LLC / Oak Park, IL

9:45 am


10:00 am

Illinois Regulatory Developments for Medical Cannabis

Key regulatory and other factors impacting the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

Ross Morreale, Esq., Chairman
Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois / Chicago, IL

Scott P. Seder, Esq.
Law Office of Scott P. Seder LLC / Chicago, IL

11:15 am

Real Estate Legal Challenges

Traversing the intersection of the cannabis industry and traditional real estate legal challenges: Leases, zoning, financing, and other common challenges

Katriina S. McGuire, Esq.
Thompson Coburn LLP / Chicago, IL

Justin M. Newman, Esq.
Thompson Coburn LLP / Chicago, IL

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Labor and Employment Issues

Navigating labor and employment issues in and related to the cannabis industry

Dina Rollman, Esq.
Rollman & Dahlin LLP / Chicago, IL

2:00 pm

Federal and State of Illinois Tax Issues

Tax issues confronting cannabis cultivation centers, dispensaries and other cannabis-related businesses

Robert R. Pluth, Jr., Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Funding Cannabis Businesses

Lending, private equity, and venture capital; corporate transactions; cannabis business investments, risks, successes, and why you need a cannabis industry attorney

Meridith G. Cannon, Esq.
Clark Hill PLC / Chicago, IL

Bob Morgan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Much Shelist, P.C. / Chicago, IL

4:00 pm

Ethics Update

The boundaries for, and risks of, lawyers handling cannabis-related work

William Bogot, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP / Chicago, IL

James J. Grogan, Esq., Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel
Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission / Chicago, IL

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $595 with a group rate of $445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $395. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 6.5 IL CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Eric P. Berlin, Program Co-Chair, partner, Jones Day, has trial and courtroom experience, particularly in litigation involving complex business, health care, or competition issues, government investigations and matters involving the Sherman Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, or the False Claims Act. He also is experienced in class actions, business torts, contract disputes, intellectual property and product liability.

Bob Morgan, Program Co-Chair, Special Counsel, Much Shelist, P.C., is a health care regulatory and policy attorney who helps clients understand the effects of federal and state health care reform legislation, and ensure compliance with evolving regulatory requirements. Previously, he was Associate General Counsel and lead attorney in the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, responsible for health care, the Affordable Care Act, private and public insurance issues and health information technology, and was appointed as the first statewide project coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

William Bogot, partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, advises clients on Illinois' Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, and has helped in acquiring cultivation licenses from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and dispensary licenses from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. He assists clients with business formation, operational plans, shareholder agreements and regulatory compliance, and banking issues relating to medical cannabis transactions.

Meridith G. Cannon, member, Clark Hill PLC, Corporate Practice Group, advises privately held businesses in business transactions, corporate and contract matters. She recently conducted an investment review of a business seeking to operate medical cannabis cultivation and dispensary facilities in Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

James J. Grogan, Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC), has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of charges of lawyer misconduct and has argued disciplinary cases in the Supreme Court of Illinois. He is a Past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the bar association of lawyer regulators, and is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law.

Katriina S. McGuire, partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, focuses on land use, zoning and developer incentives. She represents property owners and developers before the City of Chicago and suburban planning commissions, economic development committees, zoning boards of appeals and village boards in all matters related to land use and zoning.

Ross Morreale is Chairman at Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois. He is Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer at Ataraxia, an Illinois cultivation center authorized by the Department of Agriculture to grow and distribute medical cannabis to dispensaries throughout the state.

Justin M. Newman, partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, utilizes a hybrid approach to his real estate practice including the representation of purchasers and sellers of commercial property, landlords and tenants in leasing matters, borrowers and lenders in real estate loan transactions, and also focusing on litigation and workouts.

Robert R. Pluth Jr., partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, is the Leader of theTax Practice. He represents taxpayers, personal and corporate, in connection with various federal and state income tax controversies, including complex tax accounting matters, tax shelters and transactional disputes.

Dina Rollman, partner, Rollman Dahlin LLP, specializes in counseling businesses and investors on the legal framework of the cannabis laws that impact them and how to operate within that framework. She provides ongoing compliance counsel to the licensed operators of medical cannabis cultivation facilities and a dispensary regarding compliance with regulations, and is the co-founder and President of Illinois Women in Cannabis.
Full bio and contact info for Dina Rollman at Rollman & Dahlin LLP

Scott P. Seder, Law Office of Scott P. Seder LLC, focuses on government contracting and regulatory matters in addition to matters specific to mobile devices. As a former prosecutor, regulator and government policymaker, he is experienced in government investigations, enforcement actions and contracting processes.

Jeremy S. Unruh is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at PharmaCannis LLC. PharmaCannis is a medical cannabis provider under the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.