Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich is Counsel to Hoban Law Group. Ivette is a practicing and licensed member of The Florida Bar, as well as, several federal bars. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Political Science at the University of Miami School of Business. She received her law degree from St. Thomas University’s School of Law.
Upon graduating from law school, she accepted a position with the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office, one of the largest in the country. As a prosecutor, Mrs. Petkovich tried dozens of cases before a jury to verdict. She prosecuted hundreds of defendants charged with criminal offenses ranging from DUI, to drug trafficking and cultivation, to first degree murder. Toward the end of her tenure she concentrated on white collar crimes as a special prosecutor in the Insurance Fraud Unit. She opened her own firm in the summer of 2010 where she specialized in the defense of clients charged with a myriad of criminal offenses, including marijuana possession and cultivation.
After years practicing law in the criminal justice system experiencing firsthand the frequent injustices in the prosecution of marijuana offenses and, in the process, learning the science and data behind cannabis as medicine, Mrs. Petkovich joined Florida's movement to legalize medical marijuana. In 2014, she became an early advocate for the development of the industry in Florida. She served as the legal instructor for the Cannabis Career Institute's (CCI) Florida seminars, giving lectures across the state analyzing the legislature's reactionary approach to developing the state's regulatory structure and how to develop successful businesses within such a structure.
As a founding partner of CCI Español, she helped create the first cannabis industry seminar strictly for Spanish speakers. After witnessing the legislature turn the issue into a matter of politics rather than patients, in 2016, she launched her candidacy for the FL House of Representatives District 103. She serves as General Counsel to Sacred Inc., which produces and distributes infused cannabis products and is a consultant for entrepreneurs seeking investors, as well as, grow operations and ancillary businesses on the west coast. She advises and represents Florida doctors certified to make recommendations under current law, educating this profession on the industry, the science, and best practices.
She proudly serves on the Board of the Cannamoms, a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness of the advancements and need for cannabis in the treatment of pediatric diseases and disorders. She is a legal and political analyst in the Spanish media market informing and debating on this and other issues. Her training and experience serves to counsel dispensaries, growers, doctors, and other entities in building successful organizations founded upon strict compliance, science and social responsibility.