Nicole Howell Neubert Managing Partner
- Licensed in Oregon (inactive)
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2006
- L.L.M., Taxation, Golden Gate University (coursework)
- B.A., Fairfield University, 1999
Nicole Howell Neubert is one of California’s most effective and respected cannabis business and regulatory attorneys. She is sought after by operators and investors for her expertise in advising hundreds of successful cannabis operators through the corporate, transactional, and regulatory dynamics of California’s complex market. Nicole’s depth of experience, dexterity across legal and strategic arenas, and analytical approach provides her clients with the tools and confidence they need to navigate a rapidly changing legal and regulatory environment.
Nicole’s practice focuses on serving as outside general counsel to California’s cannabis operators and burgeoning industrial hemp and CBD market, providing advice on corporate governance, financing, business transactional matters, entity formation and operation, and local and state permitting and regulatory compliance. A trusted advisor and industry advocate, she is actively involved in local and state legislative and regulatory efforts, having served as a member of State Treasurer John Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Working Group. as Chief Policy Advisor to the California Growers Association, on the Board of California NORML, and currently is involved in other industry-related organizations, including the National and California Cannabis Industry Associations, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, and on the Executive Committee of the Cannabis Section for the San Francisco Bar Association
Nicole has been recognized as one of the top 75 “most important women in cannabis” by Cannabis Business Executive, of the “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Lawyers” by MG Magazine, annually ranked as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine since 2012, and recognized for several years running as an “Attorney to Watch” by Chambers and Partners USA. In 2018, the firm was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine in the top five cannabis firms nationwide. Nicole regularly speaks and teaches on the topics of cannabis business and regulatory law, and is on faculty at Oaksterdam University in Oakland.
Prior to founding Clark Neubert LLP, Nicole practiced law at the respected San Francisco firms Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP and Farella Braun + Martel LLP, where she distinguished herself in a range of complex matters including business litigation, parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory actions, and high stakes tort, trade secret, and employment litigation.