Griffen Thorne, Attorney

Griffen Thorne

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

Speaking Engagements

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.

West Coast Hemp CBD After the Farm Bill,” Harris Bricken Webinar, February 21, 2019.

Media Appearances

County snuffs out farmers’ plans for roadside hemp sales,”, October 14, 2019.

At Cannabis Shops, Face Recognition Is Already a Thing,” Vice, August 2, 2019.

China Privacy Policy Tougher Than GDPR, Attorney Writes,” MediaPost, July 15, 2019.

California may soon join other states in legalizing CBD foods, bypassing FDA,” Hemp Industry Daily, June 5, 2019.

CBD Is Still Banned in States With Legal Weed,” Reason TV, April 20, 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.


“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

Professional Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Member, Video Game Bar Association

Professional Experience

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


  • German