Partner at Zuber Lawler LLP
Janet Jackim, Esq.
Janet Jackim is a former Vice President, Real Estate, and Assistant General Counsel at The Circle K Corporation. A Best Lawyers in America® honoree, Janet brings big company business practices and legal skill to small and medium-sized businesses. For the past four years, Janet has focused her practice on advising businesses making their mark in the cannabis industry: dispensaries, farmers, cultivators, and producers; investors, partners and lenders; vendors; and landlords and tenants. During 2011-2013, Janet served as counsel to dispensary certificate applicants and thereafter was key to settling partner disputes, buyout transactions and restructuring businesses. Her sound legal advice, coupled with advanced technical, operational and financial business acumen, provides a robust representation in this emerging, rapidly changing industry. For industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, Janet’s creativity is an added plus to analyzing and resolving the cannabis client’s issues.
As the industry grows and matures and Arizona and federal laws evolve, Janet stays current in assessing developments applicable to her clients and how they can adjust and realize upon presenting opportunities. Janet Jackim has completed more than $1 billion in mergers and acquisitions (sales price) of large and small businesses during almost four decades as a cannabis, commercial real estate and business attorney. Over the past two years, leadership at numerous Arizona dispensaries and cultivation facilities has changed hands, reflecting an industry in transition and promises of bigger rewards in the event the voters approve a recreational/adult marijuana initiative. The pace of these changes is likely to continue during 2019. Many of the acquiring companies are cannabis conglomerates from other states, requiring Arizona counsel as they seek to add to their portfolio of operations. Arizona’s regulatory environment facilitates the change of control of dispensaries. Acquisitions of dispensary and cultivation operations, newly licensed farm fields, strategic partnerships between dispensaries, farmers and exclusive vendors and the reassessment of management services are common topics of Janet’s daily work. Cleanup and refinement of poorly or quickly drafted entity documents, services agreements and licensing protections are critical to maintaining licensing, creating a competitive advantage and retaining bargaining power with vendors.
Positioning a cannabis company’s next phase in the growth cycle is key in this highly competitive industry, whether by acquisitive or organic growth, strategic alliances, internal, equity or debt restructuring, merger or initial public offering. Janet and her seasoned Zubner Lawler & Del Duca colleagues offer critical employment, litigation, securities, appellate, restructuring and corporate business experience for these transactions. To keep abreast of daily Arizona and federal cannabis news and developments, Janet actively participates in the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, the International Cannabis Bar Association (National Cannabis Bar Association), and numerous other industry organizations, including the Marijuana Industry Trade Association and Hemp Industry Trade Association. Janet is also a contributing member of the Meritas Cannabis Practice Steering Committee of North America, working with law firm affiliates across the United States. In June 2019, Janet spoke at the State Bar of Arizona’s annual convention on “Arizona Cannabis M&A Transactions: Not Your Typical M&A.”
Barbara Dow, Founder
Co-Founder & Owner at Pure Labs
Barb is the co-founder and owner fo Pure Labs (www.purelabsaz.com), a premier cannabis and hemp testing lab based in Phoenix. Pure Labs' emphasis and mission is to provide state of the art testing solutions, with the fastest turn around time in Arizona. This includes comprehensive testing of moisture content, water activity, potency, terpenes, residual solvents, microbials, pesticides, mycotoxins, and heavy metals.
A seasoned entreprenuer, Barb has lived on multiple continents and has owned numerous businesses. She and her husband Scott are actively involved with multiple local charities including Girls on the Run, the Saint Mary's Food Bank, Fresh Start, and Plastic Bank. She also sits on various boards including the Yarnell Water Board and the Arizona State University Art Museum board.
Gary Smith, Esq.
Attorney at Guidant Law Firm
A seasoned litigator, advisor, mediator, and arbitrator with Guidant Law Firm, Gary Smith is one of the leading cannabis attorneys in Arizona, often advocating for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the industry under the Weediator and Weediation brands. Notably, he served as amici counsel to the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Arizona Supreme Court petition State v. Jones, restoring cannabis extracts and concentrates to legal status under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. He has also represented dispensary owners and investors in multi-million-dollar litigation and receivership disputes.
Gary has authored numerous articles about cannabis law, and he is commonly invited to share his expertise with professional associations and industry groups. Further, Gary is a founder and current president of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, an organization committed to educating lawyers and the public about cannabis law and responsible legislation.
He also focuses his practice on commercial matters, construction, real estate, and administrative law. He has represented a wide range of individual and institutional clients in both State and Federal courts, administrative hearings, and arbitration.
Among the most well-known voices in Arizona contracting and construction law, Gary is the author of highly regarded books, manuals, and articles on the topic, including two legal treatises: The Orange Book: The Regulation of Arizona Contractors, 2nd Ed.: Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings and Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings. Additionally, he co-authored “Construction Lien Law in Arizona, A Practice Manual.”
With a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Pepperdine University School of Law: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Gary is highly skilled in ADR. He has worked on partnership disputes, construction defect, design defect, real estate purchase, employment contract breach, business purchase disputes, consumer fraud, banking, and purchase contracts. Gary also has ample experience in arbitration, having handled construction design and defect, personal injury, contract disputes, and professional fees. He has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association roster of neutrals for both Mediation and Arbitration and has taught ADR classes for the association.
Gary earned his Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law. He is admitted in Arizona, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, the U.S. District Court, 9 th Circuit District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Kim Prince, PR Specialist
Proven Media, CEO
Kim Prince is the owner of a marketing communications and PR firm that specializes in strategic investor and marketing communications for medium to large-sized, compliant-conscious companies. She has a strong background in corporate messaging strategies, public relations, and strategic communications for corporations, brands, and C-level executives. She has a passion for helping clients succeed and founded Proven Media in 2009 in order to do so. Proven Media is a reputable, results oriented company that serves B2B and B2C companies throughout North America, and was recently named one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Cannabis PR Firms by the NY Observer. She was named a "Star Maker" by NV Magazine for her work in promoting clients and brands.
Outside of the cannabis industry, Prince has served on the board for the non-profit Foothills Caring Corps, and served on the boards of other non-profit organizations including Career Connectors, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, and the Foothills Community Foundation. She is the former membership chair of the Arizona Business Marketing Association, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University.
Prince was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and the Alliance All-Star Award from ASU West and the Phoenix Business Journal. She has been a professional panel moderator at industry throughout the country, and an invited speaker at marketing associations and colleges to teach others how to maximize communications budgets and gain media exposure.
Tina Dancer, Board Secretary
Paralegal at Zuber Lawler LLP
Secretary of the AZC3 Board of Directors
Tina Dancer is a paralegal who has worked in the legal industry with attorneys representing dispensaries, cultivation sites, caregivers and delivery services since 2013. Tina is a patient herself and is a patient advocate for patients throughout the United States. Tina is active in a number of pro-cannabis organizations including the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (“AZC3”), the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (“ACBA”), the Marijuana Industry Trade Association (“MITA”) and the Hemp Industry Trade Association (“HITA”).