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Michelle is an attorney at Manzuri Law, a boutique all-female firm in West Hollywood that represents some of California's largest cannabis businesses alongside the start-ups that fuel the soul of the industry. Known as a strategic out-of-box thinker, Michelle has handled a wide variety of cannabis-related matters, ranging from criminal defense at both the state and federal level, to closing large, complex and innovative corporate transactions. Backed by over 8 years of dedicated cannabis experience, Michelle regularly advises licensed operators, brands, ancillary businesses, landlords and investors on a variety of legal issues including corporate formation and governance, licensing and compliance, commercial contracts, IP protection, capital raising, joint ventures, stock and asset purchases, M&A-related due diligence, best business practices and defense. In 2017, Michelle co-authored “Legal Weed: A Comprehensive Guide to California Cannabis Law & Regulation,” one of the first authoritative publications on California’s regulatory landscape.