Alison Malsbury, Attorney

Alison Malsbury

Alison focuses her practice on corporate and intellectual property transactions, working primarily with our cannabis and food and alcohol clients and on helping our clients that need their trademarks registered around the world. 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.

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

Alison graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was the technical editor for the Santa Clara Journal of International Law. She 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


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)


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.

Speaking Engagements

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.


American Bar Association

King County Bar Association


  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013)
  • Seattle University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2009)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • 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