Shay Aaron Gilmore

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Top Rated Cannabis Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore
 | 192 DOUGLASS ST, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: 415-685-0583
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Cannabis Law (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Shay Aaron Gilmore founded The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore in San Francisco, California, to assist entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and others navigate the legal terrain of the cannabis business landscape in California. He provides advice regarding financing and formation of new entities, transactional matters, permits and licenses, regulatory compliance and more at every level of the cannabis supply chain. He is also involved in legislative and regulatory matters in all levels of government, from local to international. Mr. Gilmore is fluent in Spanish.

    Mr. Gilmore has held membership and leadership positions in a number of professional associations, including serving on the board of directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association, and as chair of the Cannabis Law Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco. He is also a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association's Risk Management & Insurance Committee and of the California Cannabis Industry Association's Diversity, Inclusion & Social Equity Committee. 

    After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, Spanish and policy studies from Rice University, Mr. Gilmore attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2001.

    Many organizations have honored Mr. Gilmore for his professional commitment to excellence. He has received the Professional of the Year Award from the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and the Rising Star Award from the Minority Bar Coalition of Northern California. He also received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California in 2004 for his work helping transgender clients seek political asylum in the U.S.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Cannabis Law
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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    White Papers

  • Making Sense of State and Local Cannabis Insurance Regulations (2019) - This paper clarifies specific cannabis insurance requirements mandated by state and local authorities in several states including California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

  • About Shay Gilmore

    Admitted: 2001, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers® Magazine, Cannabis Law, 2021
    • Wiley W. Manuel Award, State Bar of California, 2004
    • Rising Star Award, Minority Bar Coalition of Northern California, 2009
    • The Professional of the Year Award is awarded each year to the attorney representing the highest standards of professionalism in the litigation management space, Professional of the Year Award, The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, 2015
    • The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, established in 1989, is one of the most prestigious awards given by the State Bar of California, Wiley W. Manuel Award, State Bar of California, 2004

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair of Cannabis Law Section
    • National Cannabis Industry Association, Member of Risk Management & Insurance Committee
    • International Cannabis Bar Association, Member of Board of Directors, 2019-present
    • Vice Chair (2018-2019), Chair (2020-present), Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section
    • Secretary (2018-2020), Vice Chair (2021), Alameda County Bar Association Cannabis Law Section
    • Commissioner (2015-2018), State Bar of California Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission
    • Board of Directors (2009-2014), Transgender Law Center

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • San Francisco Office of Cannabis, Pro Bono Counsel for Verified Equity Applicants in Cannabis Equity Program, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Humboldt Apothecary, Inc. - I serve as Outside General Counsel, handling all legal and compliance functions for the corporation and its affiliates, 2018
    • Smoakland, LLC - I serve as Outside Corporate Counsel on corporate transactions, 2018
    • Humboldt Marijuana Company - I serve as Outside General Counsel, responsible for all corporate transactions and legal compliance, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • Rice University, B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and Policy Studies, 1998

    Industry Groups

    • Cannabis
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