Alison Malsbury, Attorney

Alison Malsbury

Alison focuses her practice on corporate and intellectual property transactions, working primarily with our cannabis, tech and entertainment clients. She has assisted clients with contracts, company formation, intellectual property protection, and regulatory compliance, and enjoys working with creative entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. Alison has a strong and growing practice representing celebrities on their cannabis endorsement deals and helping cosmetic and skin care companies navigate the complicated laws involving CBD.

Before joining Harris Bricken, Alison worked with the in-house legal team of one of the largest software companies in the world on their trademark and technology licensing issues.

Alison teaches Cannabis Law and Policy at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and was the technical editor for the Santa Clara Journal of International Law. During her time, she also received multiple awards in intellectual property, including the High Tech Excellence Award and the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Patents.

A Seattle native, Alison enjoys cycling, skiing, surfing, and just about any outdoor endeavor. She can often be found spending time with her rescued cat, Floyd, and her dog, Wiley.

More About Alison

Speaking Engagements

Intellectual Property at a High Level,” National Cannabis Bar Association, June 11, 2019.

Analytical Cannabis EXPO 2019,” Analytical Cannabis EXPO, April 1, 2019.

2019 Business Law Section Spring Meeting,” American Bar Association, March 28, 2019.

NIA-West Fall meeting,” NIA-West, December 4, 2019.

Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Southern California,” The Seminar Group, March 29, 2018.

“The State of Cannabis Regulation in California and Napa County,” Napa Valley Leadership Council, February 16, 2018.

Getting High-ly Educated: A Discussion on the Obstacles of Obtaining and Enforcing IP Rights in the Marijuana Industry,” American University Intellectual Property Brief 5th Annual Symposium, February 23, 2018.

Ending on a High Note: What Appraisers Need to Know about Cannabis,” Appraisal Institute 2017 Annual Spring Conference, Modesto, CA, March 6, 2017.

“Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Washington State,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 29-30, 2016.

“Marijuana and IP Law,” Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society, Chicago, IL, November 9, 2016.

IM50 Pharma Industry Breakout: Marijuana and the Law: Branding, Marketing and Regulatory Issues,” International Trademark Association, Orlando, FL, May 23, 2016.

CBA Commercial Real Estate Forum,” Commercial Brokers Association, Bellevue, WA, May 10, 2016.

Co-chair, “Medical and Recreational Cannabis CLE,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, December 8-9, 2015.

“CLE Bootcamp,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, December 2-3, 2015.

Medical Marijuana In Oregon,” The Seminar Group, Portland, OR, July 18, 2015.

Marijuana in Nevada,” The Seminar Group, Las Vegas, NV, July 17, 2015.

Co-Chair, “Marijuana in Northern California,” The Seminar Group, San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2015.

Marijuana in Alaska,” The Seminar Group, Anchorage, Alaska, May 1, 2015.

“Developing a Marijuana Law Practice,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA, December 19, 2014.

“Marijuana Law Update,” Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, December 2014.

“The Future of Recreational Marijuana in California,” Seminar Group, Los Angeles, CA, October 3, 2014.

Media Appearances

Wild West No More?” WWD, June 24, 2019.

Licensing, Particularly by Celebrities, is Playing a Key Role in Mainstreaming of CBD Oil,” Licensing International, March 5, 2019.

Future Weed: Formulations, Patents and Where Cannabis Is Going Next,” Rolling Stone, January 20, 2019

Why Kim Kardashian’s Favorite Hair Care Company Cancelled Its Line of CBD Products,” Reason, August 27, 2018.

Critical do’s and don’ts for marijuana licensing agreements,” Marijuana Business Daily, June 20, 2018

California Rules May Make Weed Shippers Report Themselves to the Feds,” Wired, May 13, 2018.

World’slargest marijuana economy about to kick off,” FOX KTUV, December 2, 2017

California Awaits Direction on Transporting Marijuana,”, October 09, 2017.

With recreational pot legal, no burning rush to start sales in California,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 26, 2017.

Cannabis at a Crossroads: a KQED Newsroom Special,” KQED News, September 1, 2017.

New lawsuit could de-haze cannabis trademark law,, February 2, 2017.

Bogus Bongs or Bogus Lawsuits? Pipe Maker Sues Over Fakes,” ABC News, January 21, 2017.

Marijuana brands can trademark almost anything, except marijuana,” Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2017.

“Rebranding the World’s Largest Cannabis Dispensary, Harborside Health Center,” The Leaf Online, October 5, 2016.

“How Growers Are Addressing Marijuana’s Environmental Problem,” The Huffington Post, September 7, 2016.

Special Report: Can L.A.’s Outlaw Delivery Services Survive Long Enough to Become Legal?,” Leafly, June 21, 2016.

‘Just Add Weed’: How Brand Licensing Allows Cannabis Companies to Expand Across State Lines,” Leafly, March 1, 2016.

Marley Natural Launch Ushers in the Era of Celebrity Cannabis. Is it the Best Way to Market Marijuana?,” International Business Times, February 5, 2016.

Pot lawsuit targets new regulations,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 2, 2015.

A first for the marijuana industry: A product liability lawsuit,” Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2015.

Marijuana Pesticide Flap Brings Consumer Lawsuit in Colorado,” ABC News, October 5, 2015.


Legal columnist for Culture Magazine.

Cannabis Franchising vs. Trademark Licensing: Get It Right Or Face The Consequences,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California, May 5, 2016.


National Law Journal Trailblazer Award

High Tech Excellence Award

Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Patents

Order of the Coif

Technical Editor, Santa Clara Journal of International Law, Volume 11 (2012-2013)

Associate, Santa Clara Journal of International Law, Volume 10 (2011-2012)


San Francisco Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

American Bar Association

King County Bar Association


  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Seattle University (B.A., magna cum laude)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • San Francisco
  • California
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas