Nicole Howell Neubert ATTORNEY

Licensed in California & Oregon (inactive)

J.D., University of California,
Hastings College of the Law, 2006
L.L.M., Taxation, Golden Gate University, 2015 (expected)
B.A., Fairfield University, 1999

Amidst a rapidly-changing legal environment, Nicole Howell Neubert is the ideal go-to business lawyer for the cannabis industry.  With her incisiveness, fierce client commitment, and wide ranging legal experience, Nicole is uniquely qualified to advise operators of the cannabis movement through the transition away from prohibition.

Always an independent thinker unafraid of straying from the beaten path to follow her passion and curiosity, after nearly a decade of working with firms, Nicole began her own practice so that she could shift her focus from conflicts to helping clients create, expand, and proactively shape their futures.  Coalescing her legal experience and long standing commitment to drug policy reform, Nicole recognized in the cannabis movement a similar self-reliant nature, and a brave, resilient community in need of forward-looking, effective legal counsel to help it navigate confidently toward a regulated cannabis market.  From this, Clark Neubert LLP was born.

A trusted counselor and relentless advocate, Nicole serves as outside general counsel to the cannabis field, providing advice on corporate and business matters, entity formation and operation, local and state regulatory permitting and compliance, and business litigation.  Her clients are among both the veterans and new leaders of the burgeoning medical and adult-use cannabis industries, which includes those collectives and cooperatives who will be licensed as cultivators, dispensaries, manufacturers, distributors, testing labs, as well as technology companies and ancillary service providers.

Prior to specializing in cannabis related issues, Nicole practiced as a criminal and civil litigator at the respected San Francisco firms Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP and Farella Braun + Martel LLP, where she represented individuals, fiduciaries, and businesses.  Equally at home in the boardroom and state and federal court, she distinguished herself in a range of complex business litigation, parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory actions, high stakes tort, trade secret, and employment litigation, and trust and estate disputes.  Her ability to quickly understand the the technical aspects and human dynamics of each set of facts, coupled with her tenacity regarding the achievement of her clients’ goals, won Nicole the respect of her clients and her peers.  

Since 2012, Nicole has been named annually as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and recognized for several years running as an “Attorney to Watch” by Chambers and Partners USA.  She serves on the Board of California NORML, as Policy Committee leadership for California Growers Association, and is actively involved in other industry-related organizations, including the California Cannabis Industry Association and the National Cannabis Bar Association.  In a particular labor of love, Nicole teaches legal courses at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, which not only enables her to share her knowledge with motivated students, but provides her with important insights into the evolving needs of the community.

Nicole is actively involved on a state and local level in the legislative and regulatory efforts toward implementation of medical and adult-use regulation in California, and regularly speaks and teaches on these topics.  Notably, in 2016, the California State Treasurer, John Chiang, invited Nicole to serve on a 16-member Cannabis Banking Working Group.  Tasked with investigating and making recommendations regarding California’s approach to financial services and banking access for licensed cannabis operators, Nicole currently serves along with government officials, regulators, and the state’s leading cannabis organizations.