Lisa Pittman has been a pioneering figure in the Texas cannabis industry since 2015. Ms. Pittman is appointed to the Texas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Advisory Council by the Texas Agriculture Commissioner. She is also appointed as a Non-resident fellow to the Rice University Baker Institute of Public Policy, Drug Policy Program. Ms. Pittman is also the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cannabis Law & Policy Committee for 2021-2022. Ms. Pittman initiated the American Bar Association’s foray into cannabis law through a CLE she pitched in 2016, and she has written many influential peer reviewed publications through the Association including, “The Hemp Revolution Will Not Be Televised … Yet,” in 2018, “Attempts to Weed Out Cannabis Businesses Through Civil RICO Lawsuits,” in 2019,” and “The Rise of Hemp CBD Litigation and The Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine,” in 2020.
From her involvement in the nascent cannabis industry, Ms. Pittman has represented a broad range of clients from investors to ancillary service and product providers to “plant touching” companies — farmers, processors, manufacturers, laboratories, distributors, and retailers. Some of these clients have now expanded into other countries. In pursuit of becoming an authority in this area, she spent two years in Colorado, and she understands the many challenges facing marijuana and hemp businesses, such as tax, banking, insurance, and regulatory compliance issues, and she has grown a vast network of experts to assist in these areas. Ms. Pittman participates in the constantly evolving laws, news, and deals occurring in the cannabis industry internationally on a daily basis.
Ms. Pittman guided Louisiana State University through its rollout of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program and has assisted marijuana and hemp license applicants in multiple states across the country. She has worked extensively in Texas and surrounding states to bring hemp and marijuana laws to fruition. Ms. Pittman was awarded the 2020 Texas Lawyer Trailblazer and 2020 National Law Journal Trailblazer recognitions for Cannabis Law. Ms. Pittman has been a commercial business litigator for over twenty years, is licensed in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma pending, and is also a certified mediator and arbitrator. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law Center.