Douglas Shontz is a Counsel at Hoban Law Group. In addition to being an attorney, he is a chemical engineer and has over a decade of experience in regulatory, and administrative legal matters, and government policymaking. Leveraging this expertise, Mr. Shontz began advising industrial hemp and cannabis firms beginning in 2015, including negotiating a research agreement with a California college, working on cannabis business licensing applications and compliance procedures, drafting and negotiating contracts, and testifying to a state legislature about hemp and cannabidiol (CBD).
Much of Mr. Shontz’s legal work has been performed at the RAND Corporation, the nation’s premier government-funded think tank. His work has spanned arbitration, government contracts, data management, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In addition, Mr. Shontz has been the equivalent of an administrative law judge for disputes involving homeowner associations (HOAs) and related land use issues, presiding over more than two dozen cases. He is also an experienced mediator and has previously been part of U.S. Government delegations to United Nations organizations.
Mr. Shontz earned his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomingon (now known as Maurer) and a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is licensed in Michigan and based in Washington, DC, with DC bar membership pending.