Jay Purcell is a corporate and securities lawyer who began practicing in 2011 after his graduation from UC Berkeley School of Law. While at Berkeley, Jay won fellowships from the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, helped organize a global IP collaboration for access to essential medicines and won an American Jurisprudence Prize. He’s a director on the Boalt Hall Alumni Association and has an active pro bono practice for undocumented immigrants. Prior to moving to California, Jay graduated from Cornell University, first as triple-major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and then from its Graduate School, where he took a Sage Fellowship and State Department Fellowship (Swahili).
For the first five years of Jay’s legal career, he worked as a corporate attorney for tech companies. Beginning at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he was trained to represent growth-companies from “idea to exit,” with concentration on financial transactions, employment incentives, commercial agreements and mergers/acquisitions. Representative clients included Google Ventures, Founders Fund, FireEye, Curse, SurfAir, Hack Reactor and companies that were sold to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
In 2016 Jay transitioned to a full-time cannabis practice, and since then he represented investors, cultivators, manufactures, distributors and dispensaries throughout California, everywhere from Ukiah to Santa Monica to Riverside to Oakland. Jay has worked with dozens of collectives (and cooperatives) of non-profit mutual benefit corporations and has extensive experience with California Corporations and California Limited Liability Companies. He has personally negotiated and led dozens of cannabis-company financings and acquisitions, including conversions and non-profit acquisitions.