Griffen Thorne, Attorney
Griffen is an attorney in Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on corporate, transactional, intellectual property, data security, regulatory, and litigation matters across a wide variety of domestic and international industries.
As part of Harris Bricken’s corporate cannabis team, Griffen works closely with cannabis and hemp clients, whom he advises on obtaining licenses and permits, regulatory compliance, entity formation and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, contract drafting and negotiation, obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights, and administrative appeals and litigation.
He also represents clients throughout a wide range of industries regarding compliance with United States, European, and Asian Internet, technology, and data security laws and regulations. He earned Certified Information Privacy Professional certifications for the United States and Europe from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. As a data privacy and technology attorney, Griffen has acted as counsel in response to numerous data breaches across the United States, and continues to regularly assist clients with website compliance, technology transactions, and drafting privacy policies along with other website governance documents.
In his practice as a commercial and intellectual property litigator, Griffen litigated high-stakes patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, entertainment, false advertising, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes throughout the United States. Griffen has argued and won many dispositive and other motions, participated as a member of trial and arbitration teams, and argued before the California Court of Appeal.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Griffen studied music at the University of California, Berkeley. He then attended law school at Loyola University of Chicago, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.
In his free time, Griffen enjoys traveling and studying languages.
More About Griffen
Talking 2021/2020 in Review, MMLG Webinar, December 10, 2020.
Guest Lecturer, California Medical Cannabis Law 101, University of San Francisco Pharmacy Course, An Overview of Medical Cannabis, December 8, 2020.
Ketamine, Psilcobyin and New Drug Therapies (Part 2), Harris Bricken webinar, November 19, 2020.
Cannabis E-Commerce: Legal and Regulatory Problems and Solutions for Online Marketing and Sales, Lawline, November 10, 2020.
Seeds of Change: How the Election Results Will Shape the Future of Cannabis, International Jewish Cannabis Association, November 9, 2020.
Cannabis and CBD Business Basics, UCLA CannaClub Webinar, October 28, 2020.
Guest Lecturer, Santa Clara University School of Law, Cannabis Law and Policy Class, October 21, 2020.
Guest Lecturer, California Medical Cannabis Law 101, University of San Francisco Pharmacy Course, An Overview of Medical Cannabis, October 20, 2020.
Trends in Enforcement and Violations, MMLG Webinar, October 8, 2020.
Cannabis Law For Attorneys, ABA GPSolo Roundtable, October 8, 2020.
Hemp CBD Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, September 17, 2020.
Panel Moderator Cannabis Industry Virtual Symposium, CalCPA , August 7, 2020.
Cannabis Litigation Trends and Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, August 5, 2020.
Ketamine, Psilocybin and New Drug Therapies, Harris Bricken webinar, July 9, 2020.
The Future of CBD Retail & Other Cannabinoids, ASD Market Week, June 23, 2020.
California Cannabis Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, May 28, 2020.
Cannabis Quarterly Salon, LACBA webinar, May 26, 2020.
Beyond CBD: New Cannabinoids and the 2018 Farm Bill, Harris Bricken webinar, April 29, 2020.
COVID-19, Companies Making Culture Podcast, April 7, 2020.
Industrial Hemp and Cultivation Laws, The Seminar Group, April 2, 2020.
Cannabis Law for Attorneys, Presentation at Lewitt Hackman, March 9, 2020.
The International Cannabis Trade, Harris Bricken webinar, March 4, 2020.
Business & Environmental Issues in Cannabis & Industrial Hemp, The Seminar Group, Oakland, CA, February 28, 2020.
Legal Trends and the Expected Role of Cannabis Lawyers, USA CBD Expo, Las Vegas, NV, February 14, 2020.
Compliant Cannabis Framework & Strategies, Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, Denver, CO, January 29-30, 2020.
Hemp & CBD Law: The Future of a Booming But Largely Unregulated Industry, HB Litigation Conferences, July 25, 2019.
It Could Happen to You: Cannabis Agency Litigation and Enforcement, Harris Bricken Webinar, April 23, 2019.
The Business of Marijuana in Southern California, The Seminar Group, March 28, 2019.
It Could Happen to You: Cannabis Agency Litigation, Harris Bricken webinar, April 23, 2019.
West Coast Hemp CBD After the Farm Bill, Harris Bricken Webinar, February 21, 2019.
Oregon legalizes hard drugs and the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Will California follow suit?, KCRW Greater L.A., December 2, 2020.
Flying with vapes, Asia Times, December 1, 2020.
Will mushrooms go the way of cannabis? Legalization efforts are growing, The Orange County Register, November 29, 2020.
A Look Inside This Year’s Adult-Use Legalization Campaigns, Cannabis Business Times, October 28, 2020.
“Expensive Awakenings:” States Step Up Cannabis Compliance and Enforcement, WeedWeek, October 27, 2020.
California’s Pot Delivery Wars Go to Court, WeedWeek, August 7, 2020.
Does Federal Law Apply To Cannabiz? Labor Case Appeals to Supreme Court, WeedWeek, May 29, 2020.
California Pot Firms Aim to Deliver Privacy Weed Users Want, Bloomberg Law, February 28, 2020.
Is CBD Safe to Carry on a Plane, WebMD, November 26, 2019.
The Unique Cyber Risks Facing the Cannabis Industry, The Recorder, November 21, 2019.
County snuffs out farmers’ plans for roadside hemp sales, Bakersfield.com, October 14, 2019.
What Travelers Need to Know About Flying with CBD, Weedmaps, August 2, 2019.
At Cannabis Shops, Face Recognition Is Already a Thing, Vice, August 2, 2019.
California may soon join other states in legalizing CBD foods, bypassing FDA, Hemp Industry Daily, June 5, 2019.
You Probably Shouldn’t Bring CBD Oil to an Airport, The Atlantic, May 3, 2019.
CBD Is Still Banned in States With Legal Weed, Reason TV, April 20, 2019.
While cannabis industry booms locally, state licensing system is way behind, Monterey County Weekly, April 18, 2019.
How the unsteady rise of the pot industry has made dime bags a billion-dollar business, MarketWatch, March 1, 2019.
The CBD Crackdown Has Begun, The Atlantic, February 6, 2019.
Getting pot delivered to your door just got easier in California, KRON4, February 5, 2019.
The Sad News About CBD Cupcakes, The Atlantic, January 15, 2019.
Law Firms Growing Cannabis Practices With Privacy Cases in Mind, Bloomberg Law, December 28, 2018.
Hemp Extracts: The Dry Weight Problem, LACBA Cannabis Section Newsletter, January 2021.
Empowering Consumers, California Privacy Laws Could Spell Trouble for Cannabis Companies, Journal of Emerging Issues in Litigation, 2021.
Cannabis Track-and-Trace & Data Breaches: A Disaster Waiting to Happen, Cannabis & Tech Today, October 15, 2020.
How the DEA is Interfering with Religious Use of Psychedelics, JURIST, October 12, 2020.
How the DEA is Interfering with Religious Use of Psychedelics, JURIST, October 12, 2020.
California May Ban Flavored Cannabis Vapes, GreenTank, August 19, 2020.
California May Ban Flavored Cannabis Vapes, LA Weekly, August 15, 2020.
From Handshakes to Written Contracts: The Pot Industry Matures, Los Angeles Lawyer, July/August 2020.
Cannabis Companies are Overlooking Data Security Laws and Regulations, JURIST, March 17, 2020.
The Feds Aren’t Done With Cannabis, Legalines, San Diego Legal Secretaries Association, March 2019.
Admitting Prior Convictions for Ten Years After Incarceration: Federal Rule of Evidence 609 Implies Prison Does Not Rehabilitate, 13 PRAXIS: WHERE REFLECTION AND PRACTICE MEET (2014)
Timing is Everything: Martinez v. Illinois (Re)Specifies When Jeopardy Attaches, JURIST DATELINE, June 19, 2014.
Severance agreements do not create new debt and are valid under the Park District Code, 59 TRIAL BRIEFS (ISBA, Chicago, Ill.), May 2014, at 1 (co-written with The Honorable Russell W. Hartigan)
Illinois court finds default judgment proper only after notice and repeated failure to comply, 59 TRIAL BRIEFS (ISBA, Chicago, Ill.), May 2014, at 6 (co-written with The Honorable Russell W. Hartigan)
The Illinois Supreme Court expands the reach of the Code of Civil Procedure’s six-year statute of repose, 59 TRIAL BRIEFS (ISBA, Chicago, Ill.), March 2014, at 1 (co-written with The Honorable Russell W. Hartigan)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law:
- Graduated magna cum laude
- CALI Awards for Highest Grades in Administrative Law, Advanced
- Torts, Advocacy, Criminal Procedure II, Environmental Law, and Evidence
- Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
- Dean’s List All Semesters
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Cannabis Sections
Professional Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
Vice-Chair of Membership, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Associate Attorney, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP (2015–2018)
Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States and Europe
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude)
- University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
- Central District of California
- Central District of Illinois