The Law Offices of Joseph A. Bondy is a cannabis business, cannabis licensing, and criminal defense law firm, located in New York City. Mr. Bondy represents numerous individuals and corporations in the adult-use cannabis and hemp industry, and defends clients in complex criminal cases, in both the federal and state courts. Mr. Bondy is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Our Office has tried multiple federal and state cases to verdict, represented countless legacy cannabis operators, advocated for change in federal, state, and local cannabis laws, lectured nationally and internationally on cannabis and criminal law, and won a number of licensing applications for our clients.
Our Office provides clients with the highest level of cannabis licensing, cannabis business, and criminal defense counsel. We create strategic plans that best further clients' interests, from marijuana licensing for cultivation, dispensary, delivery or cannabinoid processing, to the defense of complex federal or state criminal cases.
Named one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys and one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Joseph Bondy is an internationally-recognized expert in criminal litigation. With over 25 years of superlative trial and federal sentencing experience, Bondy has advised thousands of clients in complex criminal
Named one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys and one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Joseph Bondy is an internationally-recognized expert in criminal litigation. With over 25 years of superlative trial and federal sentencing experience, Bondy has advised thousands of clients in complex criminal defense, cannabis business and advocacy, and crisis management matters. The New York Times has described him as “eloquent and armed with the serene demeanor of a surgeon,” saying that “his oratorical intensity hovers at the evangelical.” High Times dubbed Bondy “one of the nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys,” and his outstanding talent for defense strategy has been hailed by such outlets as CNN, Politico, and the New York Law Journal, as well as legal analysts from around the world. Bondy’s unique approach to criminal defense and public media strategies were particularly praised on a global level while he represented Lev Parnas, a Guiliani associate connected to the Ukraine scandal leading to Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Bondy and Parnas’s interview on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) was its highest audience-drawing episode of all time, earning an Emmy nomination; and a subsequent feature on Anderson Cooper 360 was one of that program’s most-viewed episodes of the year. Bondy serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and is a Vice President and Board Member of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Bondy was a key member of a team of attorneys on the seminal case Washington v Barr (2019), originally Washington v Sessions (2017), an action brought against the Department of Justice with the aim to legalize cannabis federally. He is the founder of In the Know 420, a well-known early radio talk show and live-stream on cannabis law, policy, and industry. Bondy is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP).
Stephanie Schuman is a thorough strategist and an aggressive litigator who will not quit until her client's business is handled. Stephanie began her career at the Innocence Project (IP) under Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. In 2014, she was honored at the IP's fall benefit. Some are surprised to learn that she received the IP's Advocate f
Stephanie Schuman is a thorough strategist and an aggressive litigator who will not quit until her client's business is handled. Stephanie began her career at the Innocence Project (IP) under Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. In 2014, she was honored at the IP's fall benefit. Some are surprised to learn that she received the IP's Advocate for Justice Award so early in her career, but for those who know her well, the reason is obvious; Stephanie's passion for the cause was so strong that she simply chose to go above and beyond her call of duty. In addition to her legal work, Stephanie raised both funds and awareness for the cause via her relentless pursuit of perfection as Co-Chair of the IP's Young Professionals Committee. "Clients love her because she's passionate, knows their cases cold, and gets things done..."--Vanessa Potkin, Innocence Project, Director of Post-Conviction Litigation Stephanie is proud of her criminal defense work, but it is her prior experience in the highly-regulated alcohol industry that gives Stephanie an edge over many other lawyers practicing cannabis law today. She was instrumental in launching a liquor brand that is currently thriving far beyond expectations, having single-handedly raised the majority of the capital used to launch the company. Stephanie participated in all aspects of the brand's business development while sitting on its board. Stephanie's keen understanding of what it takes to launch a company—from initial inception, to early-stage funding, to success in the marketplace—no doubt serves her current clients well. Further, Stephanie is the founder and principal attorney of Leaf Legal, P.C., one of the nation's first full-service cannabis-only firms. An avid poker player, Stephanie tends to go all-in. Her firm focuses on all aspects of canna-business, including business formation, licensing, regulatory compliance, risk evaluation, intellectual property, land use, and corporate transactions. Counsel to a number of accredited cannabis investors, Ms. Schuman has a perfect record in winning her clients' claims, including against well-known, multi-billion dollar, publicly traded companies.
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