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DONNIE EMMI

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Donnie has dedicated more than a decade focusing his practice on business and legal advisory services to the expansive cannabis industry.

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Experience

Utilizing his Wall Street investment banking background and more than 17 years of legal experience, he advises major cannabis brands, celebrity brands, and publicly traded companies. Donnie currently serves as a board member for large cannabis businesses, financial institutions, and as a strategic advisor to many companies – extending well beyond the provision of traditional legal services. Since 2015, Donnie has represented the nation’s largest marijuana banking financial institution, both as a legal and strategic business advisor, and was fortunate to be asked to author the legal chapter in the foremost authority on marijuana banking, Navigating Safe Harbor: Cannabis Banking in a Time of Uncertainty.

In recent years, Donnie has assisted in building the nation’s first cannabis transaction escrow company and has participated in multiple capital raise projects. He has been a strategic and legal advisor on more than $100 Million in cannabis transactions and mergers and acquisition activity, both domestic and internationally. Currently, Donnie is providing strategic business and legal advice on cutting edge cannabis technology, investment funds, and investment strategies for private equity companies.

In addition to his corporate and transactional experience, Donnie has successfully litigated more than 100 cases throughout the United States and abroad, both within and without the cannabis industry, particularly focused on securities litigation, multi-district business, and corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, and patent infringement litigation.

Legal Education

  • 2007 J. D., Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law – Brooklyn Law School
  • 2007 J.D., Doctor of Law – University of Denver

Professional Admissions/Qualifications 

Colorado

Undergraduate Education  

Business Management, Finance, and Psychology – East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Safe Harbor Services (Eagle Legacy Services, LLC) – Board member
  • National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) – Vice Chair – Banking and Finance Committee
  • National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) – Lifetime Member
  • Cannabis Law Committee of the Colorado Bar Association – Member

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