Lauren Rudick

Founder, Managing Principal
New York • New Jersey
From Litigator to Premiere Strategist: Lauren's keen eye guides clients through complex legal landscapes. Her expertise spans M&A, regulatory compliance, and navigating intricate business disputes. With experience mitigating risk & salvaging troubled deals, Lauren fuels innovative ventures.

Lauren Rudick is a prominent figure in the cannabis legal landscape, known for her leadership as the Founder and Managing Principal of the Rudick Law Group, with offices in New York City, Jersey City, and Latin America. With extensive experience in cannabis and hemp law and regulations, Rudick has played a pivotal role in advising and representing clients nationwide within the rapidly evolving cannabis industry and ancillary industries, including agriculture technology, biosciences, and psychedelics. Her expertise encompasses various legal aspects, including investment support, start-up and formation matters, team building, competitive and technical business licensing, regulatory compliance, real estate transactions, M&A, financing and secured transactions, intellectual property protection, and governmental affairs, providing invaluable support to businesses navigating the complex legal terrain of the cannabis and other emerging, newly regulated sectors, through multiple stages of growth.

Investors and business owners seeking opportunities in newly regulated markets can find confidence in Rudick's legal acumen, robust depth of network, and the Rudick Law Group's commitment to facilitating compliant and successful ventures in burgeoning industries. Rudick's reputation as a seasoned attorney positions the Rudick Law Group as a strategic partner for investors and start-ups looking to navigate legal intricacies and capitalize on opportunities in the dynamic new markets.  And having practiced commercial litigation in New York State and federal courts for over ten years prior to her practice in regulatory and transactional matters, Lauren is well-positioned to see her clients through pre-litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters, including mediation and arbitration.  In 2018, Lauren spearheaded the legal team which brought a massive lawsuit against former Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Justice, and the United States Government, in an effort to de-schedule cannabis on a variety of constitutional grounds.

Practice Areas

Corporate Law and Dealmaking

Start-Up and Formation

Real Estate Transactions

Cannabis Law

Psychedelic Law

Regulatory Compliance

Intellectual Property

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness


Bucknell University, BA, 2001

New York Law School, JD, 2001; Cum Laude, Order of the Barristers

Bar Admissions

New York State

Southern District of New York

Honors & Awards

Co-Author, Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, New York Law School, 2004

National Semifinalist and Best Oral Advocate, National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2003

National Champion, Best Oral Advocate, John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2002

Career Highlights

Commercial Litigation Experience: 10 years representing clients in business, intellectual property, and Internet/media disputes. Also contributed to land use and zoning cases.

Innovative Legal Practice: Start-up law, regulatory compliance, mergers & acquisitions, commercial and secured transactions, due diligence, mitigating legal exposure, identifying/remedying abuse of corporate power.

Nationally Recognized Cannabis Industry Attorney: Provides licensing guidance and up-to-date industry information for successful cannabis ventures.

Constitutional Lawsuit Contributor: Legal team challenging the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug.

Investor & Startup Representation: Works with investors and startup organizations in cannabis as well as connected industries like psychedelics and Ag Tech.

Cannabis Industry Educator & Thought Leader: Regular contributor to Marijuana Venture, providing continuing legal education for cannabis attorneys through premier platforms like the Practicing Law Institute and the International Cannabis Bar Association. An esteemed speaker at industry conferences, she also serves as inaugural faculty for the New Jersey Cannabis Training Academy.

Public Speaker: National and local industry events, including Emerald Cup, MJ Biz Con, Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, & more

Media Appearances: Featured on CBS, ABC, and Fox. Quoted in The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, Inc., Rolling Stone, Forbes, and more

Industry Recognition: PoliticsNY "Cannabis Industry Power Player" (2022-2024), Power Woman of Manhattan (2022), Green Market Report - Notable Leaders in Cannabis (2023), Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers Directory, Women to Watch (Marijuana Venture, 2017), 30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know (MG Magazine, 2018), New York Metro Rising Star, Superlawyers (2015, 2016)

Cannabis Industry Leadership: Executive Committee & Board of Directors, International Cannabis Bar Association (Treasurer); Vice-Chair, Cannabis Law and Policy Committee, American Bar Association; Board of Directors, Breeder's Best Inc., a B Corp employing a record-label model to protect, license, and bring unique cannabis genetics to market.

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