Seminar Series

Legal Weed: From Rights to Oversights

Legal Weed: From Rights to Oversights

Presented By Andrew Cooper (Falcon, Rappaport & Berkman)

Cannabis is now legal, and with that comes a whole lot of questions. Let Andrew Cooper, an attorney specializing in cannabis law, answer those queries for both the private and business sector as we navigate the seas of legalization in New Jersey and New York.


Andrew Cooper, Esq., LL.M. is the Chair of Falcon Rappaport & Berkman PLLC’s Cannabis & Psychedelics and Healthcare Practice Groups.

Andrew spent most of his over 30 years of practice primarily as a trial attorney handling primarily handling intellectual property, complex commercial litigation and healthcare matters in both state and federal courts across the country. After handling several significant litigation matters for cannabis companies, Andrew was engaged by several of those same companies in their planned expansion into the emerging east coast market.  It was at this time that he first became enamored with the opportunities in and around cannabis and, thereafter, decided to pivot his practice almost exclusively into the cannabis space.  Using the skills he’s developed in his years handling matters involving intellectual property, complex commercial disputes and regulatory and compliance heavy healthcare matters, cannabis provided an almost perfect opportunity for Andrew to use these talents in a way he never imagined. To both work in and around the emerging cannabis industry, and to help build an equitable cannabis model.

In addition to his private practice, Andrew has committed to working with social equity and justice-involved applicants in educating and assisting them in structuring their businesses and navigating through the application process.  Currently, Andrew works with The JUSTÜS Foundation (a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring and facilitating the entry of legacy (pre-legalization) operators to the legal cannabis market), as well as the Cannaware Society (to help bridge the gap between the community and the cannabis industry).

Andrew graduated from Hofstra University with a BBA in Public Accounting, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where he was awarded a Juris Doctor and was an Editor on the Hofstra Law Review, and received a Master of Legal Letters from NYU School of Law. Andrew is also an Adjunct Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where he teaches a class entitled Foundational Lawyering. He is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Florida.