Career Tracker: Cannabis practices shore up against wave of deals – Reuters

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(Reuters) – As states such as Connecticut and New Jersey roll out cannabis-friendly legislation, top U.S. law firms are bulking up their cannabis practices in preparation for more deals and regulatory work.

Greenspoon Marder added five lawyers from Locke Lord and Taylor English to its cannabis practice as part of its launch in Chicago. The firm also appointed partner Nick Richards to lead its cannabis practice after losing former chair Rachel Gillette to Holland & Hart.

Gillette joined Holland & Hart’s Denver office in June, taking a team of three associates to create that firm’s cannabis practice.

Check out some other recent lateral moves:

Arent Fox has hired Scott Adamson as a partner in Los Angeles for its corporate and securities practice. He joins from Alston & Bird.

Peter Wright has joined Barnes & Thornburg’s environmental practice as a partner in Washington, D.C. Wright leaves his position as assistant administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Buchalter has hired Marlene Williams as a shareholder in its intellectual property practice in San Francisco. She leaves Nixon Peabody, where she was a partner.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has welcomed Philip

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