Hilary Bricken, Attorney

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Hilary Bricken

Since joining Harris Bricken in 2010, Hilary has earned a reputation as a fearless advocate for local businesses. Hilary’s clients—start-ups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of development—value her bold approach to business strategy.

Hilary’s clientele reflects the diversity and ingenuity of the west coast’s business climate. She takes pride in her strong client relationships, which allow her to hone in on each company’s unique needs and goals. Nothing brings Hilary greater satisfaction than helping a young business thrive in a cutting-edge industry.

The Puget Sound Business Journal named Hilary as one of seven deal makers of the year for 2013. She was by far the youngest and the only private practice attorney to garner this honor. In 2015, Hilary was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s top list of “40 Under 40” businesspeople for the Puget Sound region. In 2017, the American Bar Association (ABA) named Hilary one of the top 40 young lawyers nationwide.

From 2014 to 2017, for each year, Hilary was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer’s magazine. Hilary also authors a weekly column for Above the Law, which features content on marijuana policy and regulation.

From MSNBC to CNN, Fox News, and The New York Times, major media outlets have turned to Hilary for her on-the-ground perspective on emerging business law. Hilary is also an aggressive litigator, having argued and won contentious cases in Superior and District court. She regularly appears before City Councils and community forums, where she advocates tirelessly for the local businesses she represents.

A former Seattle resident, Hilary continues to explore the sights and sounds of Los Angeles through long-distance running, often with Georgia, her mastiff, in tow.

More About Hilary


Marijuana Law and Policy,” Above The Law, Featured Columnist, 2015 – present.

“Federal-State Conflicts on Cannabis,” Washington Wire, January 10, 2013.

Speaking Engagements

Co-chair, “Cannabis as a Business in California,” Law Seminars International, Sacramento, CA, February 3, 2017.

Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Southern California,” The Seminar Group, Santa Monica, CA, October 27, 2016.

“Marijuana is Legal: Now What?,” NACM Western Regional Credit Conference, Seattle, WA, October 14, 2016.

“Marijuana Legalization in California,” American Inns of Court, Long Beach, CA October 11, 2016.

Cutting Through the Haze: Marijuana and the Environment,” ABA Environmental Conference, Denver, CO, October 6, 2016.

Oregon Marijuana for Investors,” Canna Law Group, Webinar, May 25, 2016 @11am.

Program Co-Chair, “Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Northern California,” The Seminar Group, San Fransisco, CA, May 13, 2016.

Program Chair, “Marijuana in Alaska,” The Seminar Group, Anchorage, AK, April 28, 2016.

The Cannabis Science and Policy Summit,” Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, April 17-18, 2016.

Marijuana, Twenty-Three States and Counting…“, American Bar Association, The JW Marriott and National Press Club-Washington D.C., April 6, 2016.

Best of Both Worlds – the Potential in Polarity,” TEDx Talk, Orcas Island, March 5, 2016.

Pennsylvania’s Proposed Medical Cannabis Act,” The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 23, 2015.

AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference,” AICPA, The Venetian & Palazzo Resort – Las Vegas, November 8, 2015 @3:10-4:25pm.

Medical Marijuana in Seattle,” Lawline, September 3, 2015.

Legal Considerations for State-Legal Marijuana Businesses,” Thomson Reuters, August 11, 2015.

Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Washington,” The Seminar Group, July 30, 2015.

Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Oregon,” The Seminar Group, July 8, 2015.

Spotting Product Liability Issues for Marijuana,” NBI, June 26, 2015.

Medical Marijuana in Illinois,” The Seminar Group, June 5, 2015, Chicago, IL.

Media Appearances

Canada’s Legal Weed: What You Need to Know,” Rolling Stone, April 17, 2017.

Canada announces legislation to legalize marijuana,” KCRW, April 13, 2017.

Marijuana businesses pay taxes, but many don’t have bank accounts,” The Desert Sun, January 23, 2017.

Election results give pot smokers a high,” Fox News, November 9, 2016.

Smokin’, rollin’, eatin’ … regulatin,’” Fox News, October 6, 2016.

Presidential candidates and marijuana,” MSNBC, April 9, 2016.

How to Invest in Marijuana Legalization,” U.S. News & World Report, March 17, 2016.

Here’s the only pot stock worth owning,” CNN Money, April 17, 2015.

With Marijuana Legalized, a City in Washington Says, ‘Not So Fast,’ The New York Times, June 11, 2014.

Washington city sued over its ban on marijuana businesses,” Al Jazeera America, June 5, 2014.

Pot Growers Can’t Use Federal Irrigation Water,” King 5 News, May 20, 2014.

Cannabis Concerns,” interview, Seattle Channel, April 4, 2014.

Medical marijuana outlets prepare as Washington lawmakers ponder their fate,” Puget Sound Business Journal, March 12, 2014.

Providers of Medical Marijuana Face New Fears,” The New York Times, March 6, 2014.

National Marijuana Legalization interview, MSNBC Disrupt, February 2, 2014.

Weed Startups In Washington Face Huge Challenges,” Business Insider, January 14, 2014.

I-502 and city of Seattle Cannabis zoning,” Seattle Channel, May 3, 2013.

Confusion still crowds legal pot in Washington,” BC CTV, June 12, 2013.

Joint venture: With 1-502 now in effect, Seattle has become ground zero for the state’s recreational pot market,” Seattle Magazine, September 2013.

A legal high: Practicing marijuana business law, Puget Sound Business Journal, August 22, 2013.

Professional Experience

Intern, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps in Grafenwhoer, Germany (2009)

Certified Legal Intern, Legal Services of Greater Miami Housing Clinic (2009)


National Cannabis Industry Association

King County Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

State Bar of California

Florida State Bar Association


Named one of the “Top 40 Young Lawyers,” American Bar Association (2017)

Named one of “8 Influential Women Leading the Cannabis Industry in 2017,” Leafly (2017).

“Rising Star” lawyer, Super Lawyers (2014-2016)

2015 “40 Under 40,”  Puget Sound Business Journal (2015)

2013 “Deal Maker,” Puget Sound Business Journal (2013)

Industry Attorney of the Year, Dope Magazine (2013)

Student of the Year, Humanities Division (2009)

Captain, College Soccer Team


  • Jacksonville University (B.A., 2007)
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 2010)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • Washington
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Spanish (Conversational)