Neil Wilner | Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Neil is a member of Wilson Elser’s Cannabis Law practice team and leads the firm’s Northeast efforts, helping clients navigate new risk management challenges, business practices and the insurance landscape presented by the rapidly developing area of cannabis and hemp law. Neil works with licensed cannabis operators to comply with obligations under state law and to develop risk management best practices. He advises companies across the supply chain on the quickly evolving hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) landscape and the interplay with the U.S. food and drug laws. Neil also works with insurance companies covering cannabis-related risk on developing policy and programs.
Neil is a prolific writer, authoring more than a dozen articles and client alerts about hemp and CBD laws and New York’s cannabis policy. Most recently, Neil quarterbacked the drafting of comments in response to both the DEA and USDA’s interim final rules regarding hemp on behalf of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH). Neil also co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the ArcView Group in support of petitioner’s petition for a writ of certiorari in the Marvin Washington v. William P. Barr litigation. Neil has been quoted by various news outlets including The Guardian, Corporate Counsel, and Business Insurance Magazine for his insights into state and federal issues.
Gary S. Kaminsky, Esq.| Director of Legal Compliance | Acreage Holdings, LLC
Gary has over 30 years of experience in legal regulatory compliance spending the past 4 years focused on cannabis. Mr. Kaminsky’s expertise is in developing and implementing regulatory enterprise risk management infrastructure for asset management companies, broker-dealers and companies investing and operating in the cannabis industry. At Acreage, he advises the company on corporate governance and securities related matters as well as state cannabis regulatory compliance issues.
Mr. Kaminsky’s distinguished career began as a senior attorney with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. SEC in Washington. He was also co-founder, COO, CCO and General Counsel for two alternative investment fund companies and CCO and Counsel for SIG, a leading proprietary trading firm, preceded by a position as a securities and regulatory attorney with Dechert, LLP.
Mr. Kaminsky is frequent author and panelist for cannabis industry issues and currently chairs the CBD Task Force for the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp as being a founding member if its Cannabis Beverage council
He received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo.