Andrew Koussevitzky

Of Counsel
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Koussevitzky is an attorney specializing in the intersection between corporate and regulatory law when it comes to cannabis and hemp. Andrew is the founder of Koussevitzky Law, a full service cannabis business law firm, as well as of-counsel with YK Law based in Los Angeles, California. Andrew is based in Los Angeles, California advising his clients on local and state business licensing, land use and zoning, corporate transactions, and corporate compliance. Andrew is licensed to practice law in California, New York, and Florida. Andrew has been working with operators in highly regulated industries for many years and has been an advocate for legal cannabis since he began practicing law in 2010. Prior to his work as a corporate compliance and business attorney, Andrew practiced criminal defense where he primarily defended and advocated for individuals charged with cannabis related crimes.

Andrew is now seen as a thought leader in the cannabis community due to his vast experience in the field having advised hundreds of cannabis business operators. Andrew provides his clients with legal advice and representation in all facets of securing business licenses including the local and state licensing application process, standard operating procedures, pro formas, corporate formation, real estate, business plans, buy and sell agreements, and community benefits.

Andrew has spoken at numerous events regarding emerging industries and is an executive committee member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Cannabis Section. He is a graduate of St. Thomas School of Law in Miami, Florida. Andrew currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Prior to his career as an attorney, Andrew was a full-time touring musician and Capitol Records recording artist.

Education:

  • St. Thomas University School of Law Miami, FL – Juris Doctorate
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA – Winter Intensive Course – Negotiation & Arbitration
  • Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL – Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New York

Memberships:

  • Executive Committee Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Cannabis Section
  • Norml
  • National Cannabis Industry Association

Publications or Appearances:

  • High Times Panel Speaker: The Effects of Proposition 64
  • “Ask a Cannabis Lawyer” Seminar Series Panel Speaker

Experience

  • Successfully advised hundreds of cannabis operators through the California cannabis licensing process.
  • Provided regulatory counsel for companies through mergers and acquisitions with aggregate transaction values over $30 million.
  • Extensive client defense experience in both misdemeanor and felony charges.
  • State and Federal Trademark Advising and Support
  • Advising on best practices for state and local compliance with respect to product and employee safety, security, labor, contractual agreements, and ongoing regulatory requirements.
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