Tom Oster

Tom is an experienced litigator out of Harris Bricken’s Seattle office. He represents clients in complex commercial, insurance coverage, real estate, regulatory, and appellate matters. Tom practices in the state and federal courts of Washington and California, and represents clients in matters from pre-litigation through trial and appeal. Tom has significant summary judgment, discovery litigation, deposition, and trial experience, as well as experience in preparing contractual and mandatory arbitration, mediation, and appraisal alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

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Signs of Life for the SAFE Banking Act?

The SAFE Banking Act has languished in Congress since early 2017, a victim of political gridlock and division, as well as political wrangling over broad approaches to cannabis legalization.  We last covered the SAFE Banking Act in February, when it looked as though 2022 would be the sixth year in which this bill would die.

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Protect Your Cannabis Business from Crime Risks

Data reveal a concerning increase in violent crime in many U.S. cities during COVID in 2020 and 2021. Increasingly, cannabis businesses, particularly dispensaries, are targets for robbery or other criminal activity. The reason that cannabis businesses are being hit particularly hard is not hard to fathom. Federal law still treats cannabis as a Schedule I