Aaron A. Pelley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Cannabis Law Attorney in Seattle, WA

Cultiva Law PLLC
 | 2510 Western Ave, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-480-1600
Fax: 206-428-7190
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Cannabis Law
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of Cultiva Law PLLC, Aaron A. Pelley has been on the leading edge of cannabis law for more than a decade and has helped build the foundation for legal protections for his clients in the states of Washington, California and Oregon. Through his boutique law practice, Mr. Pelley offers dedicated advocacy to help advance the legitimate interests of medical and recreational cannabis businesses.

    Mr. Pelley graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University before pursuing his legal education at the Willamette University College of Law. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and was admitted to practice law in Washington in 2007. 

    Following his graduation, Mr. Pelley quickly established himself as an attorney at the forefront of cannabis law. He has earned awards and recognition for his work. Mr. Pelley has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers every year since 2014. Metropolitan Magazine named him to its Top Attorneys in Washington list in 2014 and as a Top Attorney in 2017. In 2019, mg Magazine named him to the Top Cannabis Trial Attorneys list. 

    Mr. Pelley is actively involved in multiple professional organizations. He has served as a member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws since 2008. He is also a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and served on the advisory committee of the American Bar Association from 2004 to 2009. A sought-after speaker in the area of cannabis law, Mr. Pelley has presented at numerous conferences throughout the U.S. He is also a published author with works appearing in multiple publications about different aspects of marijuana law.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Cannabis Law


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016

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    About Aaron Pelley

    Admitted: 2006, Washington

    Professional Webpage: https://cultivalaw.com/team/aaron-pelley/


    • Certificate for Completion: International Law & Policy, 2005, South Western Law School
    • Willamette University Public Interest Law Fellowship Grantee, 2004, Willamette University College of Law
    • Top Attorneys in Washington, 2014, Metropolitan Magazine
    • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, State Bar Association
    • Top Lawyer, 2017, Metropolitan Magazine
    • Rising Star, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, Super Lawyer
    • Super Lawyer, 2020, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer
    • Top Cannabis Litigators, MG Magazine, 2019
    • Top 100 Trail Lawyers, 2014 - 2020, The National Lawyers
    • Top Cannabis Attorney, Cannabis Law Review, 2021

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association, Advisory Panel, 2004 – 2009
    • Bar Association, Cannabis Law Section 2018 – Present
    • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Legal Committee Member, 2008 – Present
    • National Cannabis Bar Association, Member, 2015 – Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • MG Magazine, 30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know, 2019
    • American Bar Association GP Solo: Law Trends and News, Law With An Apple, 2008
    • Bar Association Litigation News, Up in Smoke? Marijuana Law, 2013
    • State Bar Association Section, Impacts of Legalized Marijuana on Firearms Rights, 2015
    • Legalization Implications, Current Medical Cannabis Laws, 2013
    • TruTV’s Best Defense, Navid Haq Trial, 2008
    • Marijuana Liberation March, Implication of State v. Fry, 2010
    • Care Medical Group and Training Academy, Advanced Cannabis Law, 2011
    • Hempfest 2011 (20th Anniversary), Medical Marijuana Law,2011
    • Q&A session on Medical Cannabis, Legal Issues for Access Points, 2012
    • The 19th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, Updates and Critical Issues, 2012
    • Weed Week PDX, Advising Cannabis Business, 2016
    • WANP Annual Clinical Conference 2014 (Pain Management in Naturopathic Practice), Benefits Outweighing the Risk – Ethics and Legal Pitfalls, 2014
    • Federal Law & Marijuana Laws, Marijuana Law, 2015
    • PWC Panel Presentations, Clearing the Air: Let’s Talk about Legal Pot & Workers’ Comp, 2015
    • Cannabis Grand Cru (Portland), Brand Creation, Differentiation & Leadership, 2016
    • Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (Los Angeles), Community Engagement by Cannabis Companies, 2016
    • Imperious Cannabis Business Expo, Cannabis Applications and Licensing, 2016
    • Recreational Marijuana Business Law, Obtaining a Cannabis Business License, 2016
    • The Third Native American Cannabis Conference, Legal Hurdles, Managing Risk, Lessons Learning from Others Mistakes, & Protecting your Tribe, 2016
    • Recreational Marijuana Business Law, 30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know, 2019
    • 3rd Annual Cannabis Collaborative Conference, Developing an Effective Business Strategy, 2017
    • 2018 Willamette Law Review Symposium: US v. Oregon: Examining the Role of Federalism Under the Trump Administration, Marijuana Law & Federalism, 2018
    • International Cannabis Business Conference, The ABCs of CBDs, 2018
    • Recreational Marijuana Business Law, Obtaining a Cannabis Business License, 2017
    • Indoor Agricultural Conference, Cannabis Genetics and the Current Legal Landscape, 2019
    • K&L Gates Event, Investing in Cannabis, 2019
    • Marijuana Law – A Comprehensive Overview, How Did We Get Here? Overview of Initiative I-502, 2019

    Industry Groups

    • Cannabis Compliance
    • Cannabis Corporate Law
    • Cannabis Litigation
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    Office Location for Aaron A. Pelley

    2510 Western Ave
    Suite 500
    Seattle, WA 98121

    Phone: 206-480-1600

    Fax: 206-428-7190

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