Role: Managing Attorney
Admitted: Washington State (Active) and Colorado (Inactive)
Education: Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor; University of Washington, Bachelor in Economics
Practice Areas: Litigation Transactional Cannabis Business Counsel Small and Mid-size Business Counsel Personal Injury
Clients value Erik for his sense of strategy, diplomacy and willingness to jump into the trenches with them to truly understand their actual legal needs.
He is heavily involved on the front lines of the cannabis industry, having been introduced to the industry during the legalization phase in Colorado and following this up with providing business counsel to the top retailers and producer/processors in Washington State. Through his various work with retailers, producer/processors and ancillary service companies, Erik has grown Halverson Law to occupy a major footprint in the Washington State cannabis 502 industry as a leading 502 cannabis business attorney.
Erik has a long track record of pro-bono public legal service, gaining him recognition in both Colorado and Washington states, including the 2014 Rebekah A. McBride Award as Pro Bono Attorney of the year award for the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project.
Erik’s results also speak for themselves. Erik has represented injured victims and secured over a million dollars for various injury clients. In his role as a 502 cannabis business attorney in the marijuana law practice, Erik has assisted in rehabilitating numerous retail and producer operations, obtaining licenses for clients, and navigating the complex and often frustrating regulations that the industry is tied to. Often, these transactions and violation defense require out of the box thinking, a true understanding of the pressures on marijuana-related businesses, and a true commitment to the needs and goals of clients.
Erik has built this firm from the ground up, starting the firm in 2010 after selling his vehicle – in favor of an $800 Chevy Celebrity station wagon – to fund his few months of office rent. Since these humble beginnings, this firm has grown to include a specialized staff of experienced, high caliber attorneys and legal professionals who demonstrate an incredible commitment to the firm’s clients and embody the values of integrity and strong worth ethic. This firm’s commitment is not only to its current clients, but also to rolling its resources and expertise into growing its staff, expertise, and sophistication for current and future clients.
- Rated a “Rising Star” in Washington Superlawyers for 2019Recognition in Colorado for pro bono services to indigent clients for 2011, 2012, 2013.
- Recipient of 2014 Rebekah A. McBride Award, “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project.
- Recognized in Washington State for ongoing commitment to pro bono legal services.
- Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Marijuana Business Law in Washington State” for King County Bar Association: Business Law Section Continued Legal Education. Location: King County Bar Association, Seattle.
- Friday, December 14, 2018. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Pot Law: What You Need to Know” for Trends: Rental Housing Management and Trade Show. Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle.
- Friday, August 17, 2018. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Marijuana Business Law in Washington” for NBI – National Business Institute. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Seattle Downtown.
- Friday, July 21, 2017. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Washington” for NBI – National Business Institute. Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle.
- Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Washington” for NBI – National Business Institute. Location: Holiday Inn, Tacoma.
- Thursday, December 8, 2016. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Washington” for NBI – National Business Institute. Location: The Red Lion Hotel, Olympia.
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Washington” for NBI – National Business Institute. Location: Springhill Suites, Portland Oregon.
- December, 2011. Speaker/Presenter on the topic of “Hanging Your Own Shingle” for Denver Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division. Location: Denver University Sturm School of Law. Denver, Colorado.
Role: Transaction Attorney
Education: Seattle University School of Law
Practice Areas: Transactional Cannabis Business Counsel Small and Mid-size Business Counsel
He has extensive experience negotiating transactions, drafting documents, and communicating the needs of his clients to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and other administrative agencies. Chris has also worked closely with local county governments and advocated for clients on various land use issues.
Along with being a resource for clients, he also educates other professionals on the marijuana industry. Chris was most recently a panelist at the Fisher Phillips 2nd Annual Workplace Law Seminar for Canna-businesses; chairperson and speaker at the 4th Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference; and speaker at the 3rd Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference.
Role: Trial Attorney
Admitted: Washington Eastern and Western District of Federal Court
Education: BS Finance University of Colorado JD from Gonzaga School of Law MBA from Gonzaga University
Practice Areas: Litigation Civil Litigation Business Counsel including:Cannabis Real Estate
With a background in complex civil litigation, Chris brings to Halverson Law experience in the areas of real estate, creditor’s rights and general business counsel. Whether it is an eviction, mediation, or full-fledged litigation, Chris will help you to effectively navigate whatever the legal challenge you are facing.
Role: Trial and IP Attorney
Education: BA Communication and Business from Seattle Pacific University, JD from Gonzaga University School of Law
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Litigation, Small and Mid-Size Business Counsel
Alisha aims to protect business brands by registering and protecting a business’s trademarks, and copyrights. With a background in trademark registration and litigation, business startup counseling, and marketing Alisha can help a client’s business grow from the very beginning.
At Gonzaga School of Law, Alisha received best oral argument two years in a row at the Saul Lefkowitz competition for trademarks. She also maintained leadership roles at the University as President of the Women’s Law Caucus, and Saul Lefkowitz team captain. Alisha plans on bringing this experience and leadership into her practice.
Role: Legal Professional and Support
Education: BA Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University BA Degree in Sociology from Central Washington University
Legal profession has been a passion for Andrew, but is only as of recent his profession. For the past three years, Andrew has worked at Puget Sound Regional Services, a 501C3 non-profit supported living agency. Andrew served this non-profit organization as management for the past two years, managing a team of 40 staff and community support specialists. He works closely with the attorneys and helps support the office. In addition, Andrew is studying for entrance exams to become a lawyer himself.
On his off time, Andrew likes to spend time traveling to different countries with his family and has been to Tanzania, Peru, France, the Netherlands, and Russia. Andrew loves sci-fi and adventure movies and he has been an avid video gamer since he was little.