Cassia Furman | Vicente LLP
Cassia Furman is an equity partner and Executive Board member of leading cannabis law firm Vicente LLP. In addition to her firm management role, she leads the firm’s California Practice Group based in Los Angeles, where she counsels clients on a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and land use issues related to the cannabis industry.
Cassia specializes in the intersection of local and state regulation and private industry, having worked on both public and private sides of the negotiating table. Her background in public finance, land use planning, local government law, and commercial real estate provides insight into all phases of cannabis permitting and licensed operations. In addition to regulatory work, she focuses on cannabis supply chain transactions, working tirelessly to help her clients meet and exceed their business goals in an ever-changing landscape. Bringing her considerable industry experience to bear, she collaborates closely with licensed operators, brands, investors and landlords to anticipate new market forces and impacts before they occur. She favors a practical, results-oriented approach to the law and understands the nuances of creative problem-solving in heavily regulated industries.
Prior to joining Vicente LLP, Cassia worked with a noted public finance firm where she oversaw the organization and operations of dozens of special districts created to finance and develop complex public infrastructure projects. Cassia also assisted in the representation of numerous Colorado municipalities, where her duties included the drafting and implementation of comprehensive medical marijuana ordinances. She attended the University of Colorado School of Law and Hamilton College.
In addition to client advocacy, Cassia plays an active role in multiple California and national cannabis industry groups and speaks and writes frequently on cannabis legal issues. She is the co-author of “The Cannabis Business: Understanding Law, Finance and Governance in America’s Newest Industry” available in print from Routledge Press. Cassia has been recognized by the prestigious Chambers and Partners as one of the top cannabis lawyers in the United States in 2021 and 2022.
Andrea A. Golan | Vicente LLP
Andrea Golan serves as counsel in Vicente LLP’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Regulatory Compliance and Hemp and Cannabinoids Departments. Her practice focuses on advising businesses in ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements for cultivating, processing, testing, marketing, and selling cannabis products—including advising businesses with respect to the intersection of federal, state, and local laws.
Prior to joining Vicente LLP, Andrea was an associate attorney at a national insurance defense firm, where her practice focused on commercial and business litigation, public entity defense, catastrophic injury, and medical malpractice.
Andrea graduated magna cum laude from Whittier Law School, where she served as research editor of the Whittier Law Review. Prior to law school, Andrea worked in customs and regulatory compliance, where she handled sourcing, manufacturing, laboratory testing, packaging, labeling, customs compliance, and factory audits and inspections for housewares and consumables. Andrea also worked as a congressional liaison officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she served as a liaison to Members of Congress and their congressional staffers to ensure they were informed of FEMA policies and programs, in addition to assisting individuals and communities with disaster recovery.