James Eric Kirkland

James Eric Kirkland

Cannabis Hemp Attorney
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Business Law, Securities Law ...
  • California
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I am the founder of Kirkland Law PC, and I have the privilege of representing fast-growing companies in the US and Canada as well as private equity funds in the emerging cannabis industry. I provide a broad array of legal services with a focus on corporate structure, private offerings, secured debt financing, and tax matters. I have been the lead attorney on over $260 million in private offerings for cannabis companies since May of 2016. I also handle licensing agreements, equity incentive plans, and other legal issues that businesses face as they expand. I also assist companies through the arduous permitting and licensing process, appear at city council hearings, and guide you through the many pitfalls that besiege many early-stage cannabis companies.

I started my career as an accountant, and I am proficient in preparing financial projections and operational models as well as taking companies through certified public audits and 280E IRS tax audits.

I sincerely believe that the cannabis industry, including CBD and other cannabinoids, will make a profound impact on people's health.

If you are looking to enter the cannabis or hemp industry or would like assistance to expand your business, please contact me and let me help you reach your goals.

Other Experience:
I have taught business law classes at UCLA's MBA program.
Speaking engagements include:
Institutional Investor Day at MJBiz Investor Conference in Las Vegas in October 2018.
Single Family Office Association Cannabis Summit in Boulder in June 2018.
Products Liability Attorneys Conference ("PLAC") in New Orleans in May 2019.
Perrin Emerging Legal Trends in the Cannabis Industry Conference in San Francisco in June 2019.
Various investment banking/venture capital groups in 2018 and 2019 about the cannabis industry.

Practice Areas
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Securities Law
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Communications & Internet Law
    Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I primarily work on an hourly rate of $500.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • English
Professional Experience
Kirkland Law
- Current
I specialize in providing general business legal services to the business community. I have been a licensed attorney in California for 26 years. I have started and built several businesses and from that business experience, I believe that I understand what business clients need from a corporate attorney. I bring a pragmatic business orientated approach to serving my clients. Most matters I will do on a flat fee basis so there are no surprises when the bill comes. Service Areas Offered: * Business Formation Strategies * Partnership & Shareholder Agreements * Employment & Trade Secret Agreements * Drafting or Reviewing Business Contracts * U.S. Customs Matters * Trademark and Copyright Law * Basic Real Estate Law, Unlawful Detainers & Lease Review * Securities, Private Placement Memorandums, Blue Sky Filings * Business & Personal Injury Litigation
Founder & CEO
SellerCortex, Inc.
SellerCortex was a software-leveraged-business-service company that focuses on providing traditional wholesale distribution companies, cross-border companies, and reverse logistics companies with a turnkey solution to quickly add a robust online retail presence to their business model without it being operationally disruptive to their core distribution business.
Founder & CEO
Just Cellular, Inc.
Just Cellular was an eCommerce business that focused on the cellular industry. During that time, I worked to create a comprehensive proprietary technology solution to scale eCommerce operations while maintaining operational efficiency and fiscal understanding of the operational outcomes of an eCommerce business.
President & General Counsel
II Group, Inc.
Dencer & Kirkland
A law firm specializing in corporate and securities law with an emphasis on working with early stage and mid-tier market companies experiencing rapid growth. Worked with a wide variety of companies to assist them through various legal, accounting and structural issues as they expanded their businesses. Handled business litigation in Federal and State Court as well as some personal injury cases.
Paul & Stuart
Trial attorney in the boutique plaintiff's firm Paul & Stuart that handled complex litigation matters ranging from class actions, medical malpractice, products liability and defamation. I handled all aspects of the cases from business development to trial. During that time, I served on the California Plaintiff's Steering Committee of a mass tort pharmaceutical litigation.
Dickson, Carlson & Campillo
I was a first year lawyer that was involved in a firm that primarily served as national coordinating counsel for Fortune 100 companies in mass tort litigation. The clients were primarily global pharmaceutical and medical device manufactures. I was assigned to cases filed in Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma and Texas. I got to witness some accomplished lawyers in a second chair role that provided invaluable experience to my next position as a lawyer that was at the lead of the litigation.
Pepperdine University School of Law
J.D. (1990) | Law
Honors: Recipient of two American Jurisprudence Awards. Winner of the Dalismer Moot Court competition televised many times on C-Span. Semi-Finalist of the Fall Individual Advocacy tournament. Winner Best Petitioners Brief in the Dalismer Moot Court Competition.
Activities: Elected Treasurer of the Student Body.
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Lipscomb University
B.S. (1987) | Accounting
Honors: Accounting Honor Society
Activities: Collegiate USA Bodybuilding Champion 1986
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 151215
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Perrin Legal Conference on Cannabis, Emerging Legal Trends in the Cannabis Industry Conference, San Francisco
Perrin Legal Conferences
PLAC, National Conference of Products Liability Attorneys, New Orleans
Products liability conference in New Orleans in which I spoke emerging products liability issues in the cannabis space.
Institutional Investor Day, MJBiz Investor Conference, Las Vegas
Marijuana Business Daily
A single day dedicated to institutional investors and family offices focused on investments in the cannabis space.
Cannabis Summit, Single Family Office Association Cannabis Summit, Boulder, Colorado
Single Family Office Association
I gave a speech along with the President of the Single Office Association at a two-day conference dedicated to cannabis.
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Contact & Map
Office Address
555 W. 5th Street
35th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Telephone: (424) 265-7344