Meital Manzuri is the Managing Partner for Manzuri Law and has been trailblazing cannabis and hemp legal issues since 2005. As one of the first cannabis and hemp business attorneys in California, Meital has earned her reputation for dedication to excellence in advising commercial cannabis and hemp businesses on a myriad of issues. Recently named one of the nation’s top cannabis attorneys for her expert knowledge and experience, Meital leads a consummate team of cannabis attorneys.
Meital is the Managing Partner at Manzuri Law and represents cannabis and hemp businesses throughout the supply chain. Meital has grown Manzuri Law alongside the evolution of the cannabis and hemp industries and has earned a reputation for providing premier legal services for industry operators. Meital’s practice areas include negotiation, deal structuring and strategy in light of cannabis licensing issues, obtaining new licenses, M&A related due-diligence, advice and counsel for regulatory compliance, corporate formation and governance, early-stage growth financing, sales and acquisitions, IP licensing, commercial transactions, best business practices, and defense. With nearly 15 years of legal experience in cannabis & hemp law under her belt, Meital has authored over 1000 articles on cannabis & hemp laws, wrote the revered “Comprehensive Guide to California Cannabis Laws”, and dedicated hundreds if not thousands of hours to teaching attorneys and businesses the legal ins and outs of the nascent market. Meital prides herself on growing a firm that has become a pillar for legal resources and education for the cannabis industry, as well as a progressive model for the community. Her ability to persuade government agencies, judges, and juries alike, on behalf of her clients, has led to an incredibly successful track record. “Having grown my practice alongside the evolution of the Industry, I passionately and proudly provide the best legal services for cannabis and hemp businesses in the market”. Among her many achievements in the space, she has authored hundreds of partnership deals, been involved in complex transactions, procured licenses for more than 100 different businesses, and successfully litigated some of the biggest federal and state cannabis cases to date. Ms. Manzuri is a seasoned attorney who has built the necessary relationships, giving her invaluable insight and making her a priceless asset in any case. Her preparation and performance speaks volumes about the concern, dedication and passion she has for her clients.

International Experience

With a diverse cultural background, Meital considers herself a citizen of the world and has studied economics and politics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Australia, and she worked in the Hague for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former federated country of Yugoslavia. Meital speaks Spanish and Hebrew fluently. Since 2009, Meital Manzuri has shared her knowledge as an educator. She began by teaching regularly at Oaksterdam University in LA and the Bay Area and now offers seminars throughout the year to fellow attorneys, law students, entrepreneurs, and government agents.

Awards and Distinctions

  • “30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know”, MG Magazine
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” California Cannabis Awards, Nominee, 2019
  • Author of Legal Weed, Comprehensive Guide to California Cannabis Laws

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • California Supreme Court
  • Central District Court
  • Southern District Court
  • Eastern District Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, International Cannabis Bar Association
  • Committee Chair, Leading Issues, International Cannabis Association
  • Executive Committee Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Cannabis Section
  • Vice Chair of Programming, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Cannabis Section
  • Member, Social Equity Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Cannabis Section