Ariel Clark Partner
- J.D., University of California
- Berkeley School of Law, 2005
- B.A., University of Michigan, 2000
Ariel Clark is one of California’s best known and longest-serving cannabis business attorneys. Over a decade ago, when the idea of a cannabis business law was considered an oxymoron, she dedicated her practice to this emerging industry—foresight that was recognized by Rolling Stone, which named her one of 18 “Women Shaping The Culture of Tomorrow.” Whether advising legacy operators or entrepreneurs in how best to navigate, and succeed in, a complex and dynamic legal and regulatory environment, Ariel’s intelligence, charisma, and tenacity have earned her a national reputation as one of the industry’s fiercest advocates.
Ariel advises cannabis, hemp and CBD companies on all aspects of business transactional matters, corporate structuring, regulatory compliance, supply chain issues, licensing and permitting, and myriad other legal challenges in her role as outside general counsel. Her extensive policy reform background, coupled with her work in executing complex political strategies, has given Ariel a deep understanding of state and local priorities, which translates into creative solutions for building successful businesses.
Ariel’s ability to get to solutions is visible in the City of Los Angeles, by all accounts, the biggest urban cannabis market in the world. Ariel founded the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, which was instrumental in the passage of Measure M, authorizing the creation of a legal, regulated industry in LA. As the world embraces industrial hemp, CBD, CBG, and other parts and uses of the plant, Ariel’s extensive legal and political expertise provide valuable counsel to other trailblazers as they build successful companies, brands, products and services.
Ariel has received many kind distinction, among others, she has been recognized as one of the top 75 “most important women in cannabis” by Cannabis Business Executive, as one of the “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Lawyers” by MG Magazine, and was included in Entrepreneur’s “top 100 cannabis leaders.”
Ariel earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an active member of the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA), the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and the California Native American Cannabis Association (C-NACA). She is Co-General Counsel to Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines and is a member of the Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. She is also an active member of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) and sits on the Diversity, Inclusion & Social Equity (DISE) Committee. Ariel is also co-founder of Cannaboss Womxn’s Circle, an active community of professionals collectively advancing feminine leadership in the industry.
Prior to founding Clark Neubert LLP, Ariel captained her own solo firm, which she started after practicing with California Indian Legal Services in Oakland, Santa Rosa, and Eureka.