Team

Omar Figueroa

A pioneering cannabis lawyer with more than eighteen years of experience providing legal counsel and representation to members of California’s cannabis industry, Omar is an expert in California cannabis law and is frequently quoted in the media. Omar has taught several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to lawyers on cannabis-related topics, including legal ethics and the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

Omar’s law offices are located in artistic, independent Sebastopol, in gorgeous Sonoma County, California. Before establishing a successful practice in Sonoma County in early 2010, he shared office space for over ten years with esteemed colleagues at Pier 5 Law Offices in San Francisco, a community of independent sole practitioners specializing in aggressive criminal defense. He considers himself lucky to have been trained by living legend J. Tony Serra, a master of the noblest art: defending the accused before a jury.

In 2006, Omar graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, which is considered the most prestigious and selective trial advocacy college in America. He is also a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. Omar recently published a book, the Cannabis Codes of California, the second edition of which is forthcoming soon.

Mr. Figueroa is a member of the California State Bar, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Sonoma County Bar Association, California NORML, the ACLU, Cannabis Action Network, Americans for Safe Access, Stanford Alumni Association, Association of Yale Alumni, a Founding Lifetime Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Omar was also recently selected to serve as a member of Sonoma County’s Cannabis Advisory Group.

 

Lauren Mendelsohn

Lauren Mendelsohn

Lauren Mendelsohn is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa. For the past several years, Ms. Mendelsohn has been active in the drug policy reform movement as well as other progressive and humanitarian efforts. She is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international non-profit organization working to end the counterproductive “War on Drugs.” She has spoken at several events throughout the state and leads the firm’s record clearance program.

In 2014, Ms. Mendelsohn helped launch Viridis Law Group™, a cannabis business law group located in Newport Beach, California. In 2015, she worked as a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Opinion and Expression, where her projects focused on international legal protections for journalists, sources and whistleblowers. In 2016, while awaiting her Bar results, Ms. Mendelsohn worked as an intern for talented cannabis attorney Heather L. Burke in Nevada City, California.

Ms. Mendelsohn earned her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law in 2016 and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2013. While in law school, she was part of the Community Economic Development Clinic and International Justice Clinic. She also helped launch a student-run needle exchange program in Orange County (the first to be approved by the California Department of Public Health) and assisted with monthly expungement clinics at the local legal aid society. During her college years, she wrote as an Opinion Columnist for the Diamondback Student Newspaper.

Ms. Mendelsohn is a proud member of the California State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the National Cannabis Bar Association, SSDP’s Sensible Society, California NORML, Americans for Safe Access, the National Lawyer’s Guild, and the ACLU.

 

Omar Figueroa

“When your future is at stake, it’s crucial to have skilled, experienced and zealous counsel by your side.”