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Steve Schain is a Senior Attorney at Hoban Law Group and admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Steve represents entities, governments and individuals in choosing a structure, preparing and submitting license application, regulation, compliance and litigation, and drafting legislation.

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2019 National Law Journal “Finance, Banking, & Capital Markets Trailblazer” award winner, Senior Counsel Steve Schain is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and represents entities, governments and individuals in litigation, regulation, compliance, preparing and submitting license applications, entity formation, and drafting legislation.  A nationally recognized consumer finance litigation, banking law and cannabis law expert, Steve is a The Legal Intelligencer, New Jersey Law Journal, and Cannabis Business Executive columnist, frequent Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and National Bar Institute author and lecturer and serves as a court appointed judge pro tempore and arbitrator.  Steve serves on and makes regular presentations to, National Cannabis Industry Association, International Cannabis Bar Association, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Group, Cannabis Professional Advancement Series, and Marijuana Business Daily.  Steve also serves on both Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia County administrative committees charged with drafting and revising state and local cannabis-related regulations.  Before entering private practice, Steve served as a law clerk to a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

Legal Education 

  • Fellow, Academy of Advocacy, Temple University – James E. Beasley School of Law, 1995
  • Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1989;  Editor, Law Review

Professional Admissions/Qualifications 

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1997
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2005 to Present
  • 2019 National Law Journal “Finance, Banking, & Capital Markets Trailblazer” award winner

Undergraduate Education 

Bachelor of Arts English, Penn State University, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • International Cannabis Bar Association – CLE Committee
  • Judge Pro Tempore and Arbitrator,  First Judicial District of Pennsylvania,  Jan 1994 – Present 
  • Founder/Operator, Amherst Bowl, Sep 2004 – November 2016 
  • Founder/Operator, Lower Merion Volleyball Club,  Aug 2008 – Dec 2012 
  • Commissioner, Director, Secretary, Rules Committee Chair, and Coach, Lower Merion Little League,  Apr 2001 – Jun 2012 
  • Municipal Chair, Ward Leader, and Committee Man, Republican Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth, July 1994 – September 2016
  • Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Men’s Club President, Har Zion Temple, August 1998 – Jun 2006 
  • Coach and Commissioner, Lower Merion Soccer Club, August 2000 – Jun 2009 
  • Coach, Main Line Girls Basketball Association, January 2008 – March 2016


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