Nathalie Bougenies, Attorney

Nathalie Bougenies

Nathalie practices corporate law, intellectual property, and cannabis law, focusing on the regulatory framework of hemp-derived CBD products. She enjoys building a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses, industries, and long-term visions, and leverages her broad expertise and international background to help our overseas companies with their foreign direct investment into the United States and to help American companies with their overseas legal needs.

Nathalie graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review. She spent her last semester as a Fellow with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center in Washington, D.C., where she researched pressing IP issues, including counterfeiting and patent reforms, and assisted Fortune 500 Companies in advocating for stronger IP rights and enforcement in the U.S. and abroad.  

In law school, Nathalie also worked as a research assistant for Professor Eric Priest, an expert on copyright law in the U.S. and China, and served as a property law tutor, helping first-year law students solidify their understanding of this topic.

Nathalie was born and raised in Belgium and has lived and studied in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her international experience offers a valuable perspective to clients whose lives and businesses are increasingly shaped by globalization.

In her free time, Nathalie loves to watch movies at Portland’s independent theaters, lose herself at farmers markets, attend art exhibits, spend time with friends, practice Barre3, and take day trips to the coast.

More About Nathalie

Speaking Engagements

Hemp + CBD Q&A, CBDx Retail Virtual Event, October 7, 2020.

Hemp CBD Q&A, Harris Bricken webinar, September 17, 2020.

How to Navigate the Marketing Landscape of Hemp-Derived CBD Foods and Dietary Supplements, Q1 Productions, August 6, 2020.

How to Market & Sell CBD Products Online, ASD Market Week, June 16, 2020.

Regulation of non-THC Cannabinoids, JD Supra: The Cannabis Law Sessions, June 2, 2020.

Beyond CBD: New Cannabinoids and the 2018 Farm Bill, Harris Bricken webinar, April 29, 2020.

The International Cannabis Trade, Harris Bricken webinar, March 4, 2020.

The New Rules of Hemp, Harris Bricken webinar, November 14, 2019.

Oregon Hemp: Road Map for Local and National Success, Harris Bricken webinar, October 3, 2019.

Hemp & CBD Law: The Future of a Booming But Largely Unregulated Industry, HB Litigation Conferences, July 25, 2019.

The Business of Marijuana in Oregon, The Seminar Group, Portland, OR, May 17, 2019.

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


Regular contributor to the award-winning Canna Law Blog.

Regular contributor to Above the Law.

Co-authored The Untold Story of Patents and Innovation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Above the Fold, April 26, 2016

DEA Interim Final Rule: What is “Synthetically Derived THC’? LA Weekly, August 26, 2020.

Professional Experience

Associate Attorney, Farleigh Wada Witt (2016-2018)

Summer Law Clerk, Farleigh Wada Witt (May-August 2015)

Summer Law Clerk, Washington State Attorney General Office, Government & Compliance Division (May-August 2014)

English and French Instructor, Spanish Ministry of Education (2012-2013)

Marketing Director, World Trade Center Tacoma (2008-2010)


Rising Star” lawyer, Super Lawyers (2020)

Rising Star” lawyer, Super Lawyers (2019)

Executive Editor, Volume 94, Oregon Law Review (2015-2016)

Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Global Intellectual Property Center (Spring 2016)

Associate Editor, Volume 93, Oregon Law Review (2014-2015)

Research Assistant, Intellectual Property Law, University of Oregon, School of Law (2015-2016)

Property Law Tutor, University of Oregon, School of Law (Spring 2015)

1884 Public Spirit Award, University of Oregon, School of Law (2013-2014)

Dean’s Scholarship, American University, Washington Semester Program (Spring 2007)

Honor Society, Saint Martin’s University (2005 – Present)

Dean’s List, Chancellor’s Scholarship, Saint Martin’s University (2003-2007)

Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador (Belgium to United States), Rotary Foundation (2002-2003)


International Cannabis Bar Association

Oregon Cannabis Law Section

Multnomah Bar Association

Oregon State Bar, Business Law Section

Oregon State Bar, Intellectual Property Section

Oregon Women Lawyers

American Bar Association

Volunteer Activities

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center (2011-2012)


  • University of Oregon, School of Law (J.D.)
  • Saint Martin’s University (B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, summa cum laude)
  • American University Semester Program (Certificate in International Development)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Oregon


  • French (native)
  • Spanish (Proficient)