Vincent Sliwoski, Attorney
Vince is a business lawyer, problem solver and dealmaker. His clients run the gamut from individual investors and entrepreneurs to widely held domestic and international corporations. Vince is Harris Bricken’s managing partner, and he has won accolades from Super Lawyers and Chambers USA for his work.
Vince pushes for efficient and optimal client results in every transaction. He has expertise in business/corporate, commercial real estate and intellectual property law. Vince’s advice is guided by a heightened awareness of all possible outcomes: in his litigating days, he tried civil cases in four Oregon counties and conducted numerous arbitrations and mediations.
Vince is also a leading practitioner in Oregon’s rapidly evolving cannabis and psychedelics industries. He regularly confers with key regulators and has been hired by the Oregon State Bar and private parties as an expert witness in several cannabis-related business disputes. He runs our law firm’s award-winning Canna Law Blog and Psychedelics Law Blog.
Vince is a frequent presenter and commentator on legal aspects of controlled substances issues. He has been cited by many sources over the years, including U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker in correspondence to the U.S. Attorney General. He taught one of the first law school courses nationwide on Cannabis Law & Policy, from 2017 to 2021.
Vince actively supports Oregon’s creative and non-profit cultures. He serves as general counsel to some of the state’s signature events, including the Pickathon Music Festival and the Waterfront Blues Festival. He is a former columnist for the Portland Mercury and past President of the Hollywood Theatre’s Board of Directors.
On weekends, Vince enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and friends, fly fishing, and all manner of outdoor adventures.
What clients have to say about Vince
“We tremendously value our relationship with Vince and team at Harris Bricken. They are a trusted partner we rely on each and every day. From M&A deal-making to cannabis licensing and beyond they are exceptionally competent across legal specialties and jurisdictions. Beyond this they bring a low-ego and collaborative approach that blends well with our company values and culture.”
– David Lannon, CEO Tumalo Industries, Retired EVP | Whole Foods Market
“Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Vince have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. He quickly walked me through my options, and was refreshingly consistent in his communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Vince quickly made things right. And he was friendly. The more lawyers I meet, the less I like them. Vince broke that pattern for me. Thank you, Sir!”
– Aaron Draplin, Founder | Draplin Design Co
“Vince Sliwoski has been an invaluable asset to Waterfront Blues Festival and Fuller Events over the past several years. His knowledge, professionalism, clear communication and understanding of our unique industry truly sets him apart. He’s one of the first people we call when we have a question or concern. Time after time he provides us with excellent guidance and timely advice. We’d absolutely recommend Vince and the team at Harris Bricken.”
– Christina and Tyler Fuller, Co-owners | Waterfront Blues Festival and Fuller Events
“When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel. The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find. After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Bricken and Vince Sliwoski as our legal counsel.
Harris Bricken is the equivalent of a ‘seed to sale’ law firm in the cannabis space, in that they have helped us through virtually every step of the legalization process. Vince helped us create Redbarn Cannabis, complete with our 12 OLCC MJ licenses and multiple companies. He has guided us with setting up our companies, investor offerings and legal documentation, and has helped us with countless legal issues, including real estate transactions, compliance questions, and state/local regulation issues. In fact, everyone we’ve worked with at HB is an expert in their space.
When faced with a legal issue or decision, my first call is always to Vince. He understands the complexities of the industry, and has never failed to provide expert, relevant, and valuable counsel. In our opinion, you cannot make a better choice. Vince Sliwoski and the Harris Bricken team has helped us build Redbarn Cannabis into a successful thriving enterprise that benefits the state of Oregon, the communities we serve, our employees and our customers.”
– Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder, Redbarn Cannabis
“I am pleased to endorse Harris Bricken as one of the first, and finest, law firms to specialize on assisting the new state-legal marijuana industry. NORML and many of our members and affiliates have worked with Hilary Bricken, Vince Sliwoski and this pioneering firm on everything from public interest litigation to general business and compliance matters over the years.”
– Keith Stroup, Founder and Chief Legal Counsel | NORML
“Vince Sliwoski and Harris Bricken have been nothing but an asset to our company throughout the years. Whether it’s navigating regulatory questions, employee disputes, trademarking, licensing or just general business transactions, Vince and co are always there to help navigate us through. Especially, in an industry with so much red tape, having a law firm that can tackle all of it with you is invaluable.”
– Brent Stewart, Co-Founder and General Manager | Gnome Grown
“Working with VinceSliwoski was extremely helpful as our company set out to establish our recreational licenses in the Oregon cannabis industry. He helped us navigate the intricate waters of licensing for a public cannabis company and clearly explained what process would entail. We came to trust Vince’s expert opinion and would happily refer anyone looking to establish their cannabis presence in Oregon.”
– Kiran Sidhu, CEO & Director | Halo
“Vince and the team at Harris Bricken have been a go-to resource as our organization has changed and grown. We’ve relied on the team’s expertise for advice spanning from organizational structure to packaging requirements. They are always responsive, thorough, and thoughtful giving us the peace of mind that we are moving forward with compliant and considered decisions in an environment that is ever evolving and exceedingly challenging to navigate.”
– Victoria Pustynsky, Founder & CEO | Aurora Elixirs
“I am impressed with this law firm! They answered all my questions regarding business laws and regulations in Oregon and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Bricken is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.”
– Zale Schoenborn, Founder and CEO | Pickathon
“Vincent Sliwoski and Hilary Bricken have a strong understanding of cannabis law, and we could rely on them to provide valuable insights that were both actionable and sophisticated.”
– Nishan Karassik, Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer | Phylos Bioscience
“Highland Provisions is proud to be a leader in the Oregon adult-use cannabis market. Harris Bricken and Vince Sliwoski in particular, has been an integral part of our business since our founding days. Their professional legal services are the best in the business. We hold a tremendous amount of trust in their advice. We have worked with many members of Harris Bricken that are specialized in various legal subjects and have been impressed with them all. Whatever your legal need, Harris Bricken is there to provide avenues for success in your ventures. We highly recommend them.”
– Raymond Furth, General Manager | Highland Provisions
More About Vincent
Lawyering in the Cannabis and Psychedelics Industries, Willamette School of Law, January 30, 2023.
Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Psychedelics, The Seminar Group, January 12, 2023.
Cannabis and International Trade Issues, NCBFAA webinar, December 1, 2022.
Cannabis and Psychedelics Election Updates and Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, November 15, 2022.
What Can the Psychedelics Industry Learn from Cannabis Regulation?, Harvard Law School, November 10, 2022.
Lawyering in the Cannabis Industry, Lewis & Clark Law School, October 18, 2022.
Psilocybin Services Act – OHA Rules Update, Fourth Annual Northwest Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Institute, September 23, 2022.
Protecting, Monetizing and Enforcing Cannabis Intellectual Property, Harris Bricken webinar, June 14, 2022.
Oregon Psilocybin: Ready to Launch, Harris Bricken webinar, April 7, 2022.
Legalized Cannabis and the Border, AILA conference, March 31, 2022.
Corporate Cannabis Q&A: Cannabis Loans and Investments, Harris Bricken webinar, March 3, 2022.
Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Psychedelics, The Seminar Group, January 26, 2022.
Corporate Cannabis Q&A: Buying and Selling a Cannabis Business, Harris Bricken webinar, January 13, 2022.
Key West Legal Seminar, NORML, December 2, 2021.
I’m a Psychedelics Lawyer Ask Me Anything, Reddit, November 30, 2021.
Cannabis Leasing, American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Meeting, November 8, 2021.
Lawyering in the Cannabis Industry, Lewis & Clark Law School, October 19, 2021.
GOOD Guys: Law Firm Leaders, National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations webinar, September 23, 2021.
Panelist for The Gray Line Between Ethical and Unethical Representation of Cannabis Clients Business and Corporate Litigation, ABA Business Law Virtual Section Annual Meeting, September 22, 2021.
Starting a Ketamine Clinic– What You Need to Know, Harris Bricken webinar, September 9, 2021.
Urban Real Estate Development for Overseas Investors, Harris Bricken Webinar, July 28th, 2021.
How Businesses and Investors can Enter Mexico’s Cannabis Market, Cannabis Mexico Summit, March 25, 2021.
Lawyering in the Cannabis Industry, Willamette School of Law, March 14, 2021.
Weed in the House!, Legal Talk Today, December 18, 2020.
Ketamine, Psilcobyin and New Drug Therapies (Part 2), Harris Bricken webinar, November 19, 2020.
Moderator Hemp CBD Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, September 17, 2020.
Drafting Cannabis Contracts, Cannabis Law Institute, September 8, 2020.
Ketamine, Psilocybin and New Drug Therapies, Harris Bricken webinar, July 9, 2020.
Beyond CBD: New Cannabinoids and the 2018 Farm Bill, Harris Bricken webinar, April 29, 2020.
Coronavirus & Cannabis Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, March 26, 2020.
The International Cannabis Trade, Harris Bricken webinar, March 4, 2020.
Navigating the Use of CBD Oil as a Food Claim, September 10 and 11: Harris Bricken Presents!, Illinois Cannabis Info, September 7, 2019.
Panelist, Cross Border Cannabis Transactions, Geneva Group International (GGI), June 21, 2019.
Program Co-Chair, The Business of Marijuana in Oregon, The Seminar Group, May 17, 2019.
It Could Happen to You: Cannabis Agency Litigation and Enforcement, Harris Bricken webinar, April 23, 2019.
Panelist, Paths to Practice: Landing a Job in the Media and Entertainment Industries, Lewis & Clark Law School, March 21, 2019.
Employment Law for Oregon Cannabis Businesses, Harris Bricken webinar, December 12, 2018.
Program Co-Chair, The Business of Marijuana in Oregon, The Seminar Group, June 7, 2018.
Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry, Harris Bricken webinar, May 17, 2018.
Cannabis Litigation, Harris Bricken webinar, January 11, 2018.
Oregon Cannabis Law and Naturopathic Doctors, National University of Natural Medicine’s Medical Cannabis Conference, July 29, 2017.
Program Chair, The Business of Marijuana in Oregon, The Seminar Group, June 9, 2017.
The Business of Cannabis: Key Considerations for Advising Industry Clients, American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, June 7, 2017.
Don’t Go Up in Smoke: Workplace Law Seminar for Canna-businesses, Fisher Phillips, May 11, 2017.
Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Industry: 20 Years Later, Oregon Public Broadcasting Interview, March 23, 2017.
Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate: Navigating a Budding Industry, American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, February 22, 2017.
Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Oregon, National Business Institute CLE, December 6, 2016.
Civics Conference for Teachers, Classroom Law Project, December 2, 2016.
From Pinot to Pot: The Marijuana Market One Year after Legalization, Oregon Business Magazine Panel Event, October 25, 2016.
Program Chair and Presenter, The Business Marijuana Oregon CLE, The Seminar Group, June 1, 2016.
Oregon Marijuana for Investors, Harris Bricken webinar, May 25, 2016.
Marijuana in Oregon – Law and Policy Panel, Lewis and Clark Law School, October 7, 2015.
Handling Unusual Assets and Dealing with Regulated Industries, Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section Annual CLE, September 19, 2015.
Federal v. State Conflict, Marijuana in Oregon CLE, The Seminar Group, July 8, 2015.
Festivals and Events: Which Legal Entity is Right For You, Oregon Festivals and Events Annual Conference, March 1, 2015.
Music Licensing and Practical Approaches to Working with Music Industry Clients, Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section CLE, April 2, 2014.
Practical Pub Talk: Developing and Protecting Your Brand, Farleigh Wada Witt Pub Series, April 9, 2014.
Regulatory Hurdles Challenge Oregon Psilocybin Providers, Lucid News, January 20, 2023.
Psilocybin-assisted Therapy is Officially Legal in Oregon, Lucid News, January 4, 2023.
Where is Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Legal?, DoubleBlind, December 16, 2022.
I Tried Microdosing Mushrooms For My Anxiety — Here’s What Happened, The Zoe Report, December 2, 2022.
Biden’s Marijuana Pardons Did Not Free a Single Federal Prisoner or Deliver the Expungement He Promised, Reason, October 24, 2022.
First Cannabis, Are Magic Mushrooms Next?, EHS Today, August 8, 2022.
Psychedelic Rx: Legal battles aim to expand patients’ access to psilocybin and other hallucinogens, ABA Journal, August 1, 2022.
Microdosing May Become a More Significant Leadership Issue, SHRM Executive Network, July 20, 2022.
Oregon Issues Draft of Magic Mushroom Cultivation Rules, Lucid News, May 10, 2022.
Under Oregon’s Proposed Rules, Legal Psilocybin Will Be All-Natural, Organic, and GMO-Free, Reason, April 5, 2022.
U.S. House Passes MORE Act, Tacoma Weekly, December 7, 2020.
US House passes historic bill to legalize marijuana at federal level, but Senate looms, Marijuana Business Daily, December 4, 2020.
What’s Next for the Five States That Legalized Cannabis in the 2020 Election?, Cannabis Dispensary, November 18, 2020.
Oregon Pot Regulator Eases Licensing Rules To Clear Backlog, Law360, October 15, 2020.
Lawyers who specialize in cannabis are eyeing the burgeoning psychedelics industry as companies studying magic mushrooms go public, Business Insider, September 30, 2020.
Federal Courts are Undermining Cannabiz Contracts: Attorney, WeedWeek, September 24, 2020.
‘Kamala Harris Is There’: Biden Veep Pick Inspires Cautious Optimism from Cannabiz, Green Entrepreneur, August 14, 2020.
Cannabis entrepreneurs bet big on pot as a global commodity, The Rise, April 17, 2020.
Hemp Businesses Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Package, Ganjapreneur, March 31, 2020.
Marijuana, hemp businesses bolster commercial real estate, United Press International, February 26, 2020.
Dan’s Gambit, Cannabis Business Times, July 2019.
What You Need to Know Before Leasing to a Cannabis Grower, Greenhouse Grower, November 21, 2018.
Josephine County’s cannabis suit against Oregon should be dismissed, judge says, Portland Business Journal, September 4, 2018.
Jury Acquits Marijuana Patient Who Admitted To Breaking Georgia Law, Marijuana Moment, July 17, 2018.
Oregon cannabis regulators will hit pause on new licenses after June 15, Portland Business Journal, May 31, 2018.
Inside the Williams Memo: What U.S. attorney’s enforcement priorities mean for Oregon’s cannabis industry, Portland Business Journal, May 22, 2018.
Interstate pot: Proposal to open Oregon cannabis sales to other states faces big hurdles, Portland Business Journal, May 2, 2018.
Legalised cannabis given a makeover as students flock to study it, The Telegraph, January 7, 2018.
Oregon’s top federal prosecutor reserving judgment on Sessions’ pot memo, Oregon Live, January 5, 2018.
Oregon’s US Attorney Suggests He Won’t Step Up Marijuana Enforcement, The Portland Mercury, January 4, 2018.
With Plans to Sell CBD Nationwide, Lucky’s Market Charts Legal Gray Area, Leafly, October 11, 2017.
Two for tea: Portland’s Bud Brothers finds a niche, Portland Business Journal, June 30th, 2017.
20 Years On, Oregon Still Imposes Strict Limits On Medical Claims For Marijuana, Oregon Public Broadcasting, May 23, 2017.
Indian tribes fear Trump will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business, Idaho Statesman, April 26, 2017.
Do Farmers Have a Legal Right to Grow Cannabis?, Leafly, December 22, 2016.
Why did Marijuana Control Board deny this company a license? Alaska Journal of Commerce, November 10, 2016.
Why Hemp and Marijuana Farmers Had a Messy Breakup—And What Happens Now, Willamette Week, November 8, 2016.
Oregon Gov. Signs Cannabis Bank Protection Bill, Cannabis Dispensary, April 7, 2016
Canna Law Blog, Contributing Writer, 2015 – Present; Managing Editor and Publisher, 2017 – Present.
Psychedelics Law Blog, Contributing Writer, Managing Editor and Publisher, 2021 – Present.
Microdosing at Work: Business and Legal Implications, Harvard Law School, Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health, April 8, 2022.
Psychedelics 2021 Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2022, Practical Law, January 31, 2022.
Federal Courts Are Trending Against Cannabis Contracts, Law360, September 24, 2020.
Ask a Pot Lawyer, The Portland Mercury, Featured Columnist, 2015-2018.
Represent borrowers and lenders in equity, debt and hybrid transactions
Represent dozens of buyers and sellers in business mergers and aquisitions
Advise privately held businesses, banks and credit unions on trademark and intellectual property issues
Represent cannabis clients on general business operations, including regulatory compliance, contracts and real property issues
Represent entertainment and music industry clients on performance, licensing, publishing and distribution agreements
Advise business owners on entity selection, liability protection and a wide variety of business agreements
Islands Tanning & MedSpa MC, LLC v. Islands Tanning and Med Spa, Inc.: Represented franchisee in seven-day jury trial, alleging violation of franchise laws, unlawful business trade practices, fraud, breach of contract, interference with business relations, and intentional infliction of emotional distress; successfully prosecuted claims against franchisor and prevailed on all counts.
Stuart L. Bailey and Christalle Anne Ezelle v. Spectrum Construction Pacific LTD: Represented plaintiff homeowner and third party defendant Umpqua Bank. Prevailed on summary judgment, resulting in dismissal of wrongful attempt by contractor to foreclose construction lien.
Alfieri v. Solomon: Wrote briefs to Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court in pending case, arguing that the mediation confidentiality provisions of ORS 36.220-36.238, do not shield attorneys in legal malpractice actions arising out of an attorney’s conduct at mediation.
Recognized in Chambers USA 2022 Guide
Recognized in Chambers USA 2021 Guide
“Rising Star” Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2018-2020)
Cornelius Honor Society
Moot Court Honor Society
Oregon State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, Executive Committee (2014 – 2016)
Mentor, Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Hollywood Theatre Board of Directors
Canoeing, hiking, surfing, snowshoeing, film, photography, literature and travel.
- Lewis & Clark Law School (J.D.)
- Minnesota State University (B.A.)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Oregon State Bar (2010)
- Multnomah County Bar (2010)
- U.S. District Court, Oregon (2012)
- Spanish (Proficient)