Meital Manzuri, is the managing partner for Manzuri Law and was recently named as one of the top cannabis attorneys nationwide due to her expert knowledge and experience. Leading a profound team of cannabis attorneys, Meital has been trailblazing cannabis legal issues since she founded the firm in 2010. As one of the first cannabis business attorneys in California, Meital has earned a prominent reputation for her dedication to excellence in advising commercial cannabis businesses on a myriad of issues, including licensing strategy, corporate formation, and regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, joint ventures, M&A, best business practices and criminal defense.
As the managing partner, Meital actively participates in the strategy and planning for each client to ensure their success. Unlike any other attorney, Manzuri Law is positioned to guide clients according to their specific needs, whether it be transactional or corporate partnerships, policy influence, licensing, risk assessment or criminal defense.
Cannabis Corporate, Transactional and Licensing Services
Depending on a particular cannabis business' needs, Meital advises clients on all transactional matters including: corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, risk assessment, and compliance with California and local law.
Meital's unique pedigree and experience provides her clients with an unparalleled advantage when it comes to all facets of cannabis business law and licensing. Among her many achievements in the space, Meital has authored partnership deals, been involved in complex transactions, and procured licenses for over 100 different businesses.
Since 2008, Meital has defended clients accused of cannabis related crimes. Her tenure includes some of the biggest Federal Medical Marijuana cases to date, the successful return of several pounds of medical cannabis to patients, the dismissal of countless cases, and complicated collective defenses and acquittals.
Meital Manzuri aggressively litigates each criminal case, defending people who face both California and Federal charges.
Her ability to persuade government agencies, judges and juries alike on behalf of her clients has lead to an incredible track record.
With substantial experience handling search and seizure issues, Meital Manzuri has consistently succeeded in the suppression of evidence unlawfully obtained by police officers. Her preparation and performance in the courtroom speaks volumes about the concern, dedication and passion she has for her clients.
Meital Manzuri received her bachelor's degree with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After a year in Buenos Aires learning the politics and economics of Argentina, she attended and graduated from one of the most competitive and prestigious law schools in California, U.C. Hastings. While in San Francisco, Meital Manzuri worked with the well-known criminal defense firm, Pier 5 Law Offices. There, she worked intensively on her first complex homicide case and her first federal cannabis case - the defense of Ed Rosenthal.
International Criminal Defense
In 2007, Meital Manzuri moved to Amsterdam and worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her colleagues included some of the most renowned attorneys in the world and she spent a year defending the former General of the Yugoslav Army, accused of mass expulsion and extermination of the Albanian population.
Meital Manzuri has been sharing her cannabis law knowledge as an educator since 2009, teaching at Oaksterdam University, as well as offering seminars throughout the year, to fellow attorneys, entrepreneurs, and government agents.