Kristin Westphal

Kristin is a versatile litigator with a depth of legal experience gained from spending time in the trenches and taking cases to trial. Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in corporate, business, construction, intellectual property and trademark litigation, she has a deep understanding of her clients’ legal needs and an uncanny ability to see around corners. As a creative problem solver and zealous advocate, Kristin is focused on obtaining the best possible outcome for each client.

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Lighting Up the Legal Scene: How Cannabis Arbitration Can Ease the Burden on California Courts

When California opened up for recreational cannabis licensing in 2018, cannabis businesses began sprouting up like wildflowers. This growth has been exciting but due to market volatility and the decline in the state’s cannabis market, legal disputes are also on the rise. California courts are now jam-packed with cannabis-related disputes to the consternation of many

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Breaking New Ground: Cannabis at the 2024 California State Fair

Move aside deep-fried Oreos—this year’s California State Fair is making history with the introduction of cannabis! For the first time in its 170-year history, California is inviting fair-goers to purchase and enjoy cannabis products directly on site. The decision celebrates the state’s vibrant agricultural and cannabis heritage, and showcases winners of the 2024 California State

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California’s Cannabis Lounges and Assembly Bill 374: Food, Fun, Weed

As California continues to pioneer in the cannabis industry, a new trend is taking the scene by storm: cannabis consumption lounges. These lounges are becoming the ultimate hangout spots, and the latest buzz is about adding food and non-alcoholic drinks to the menu. Let’s dive into what’s happening with consumption lounges in California and how


California Cannabis Litigation: Threats of License Loss and Injunctions

An injunction is a request to the court for immediate relief from harm or potential harm. Its purpose is to stop harmful activity, prevent future misconduct or maintain the status quo during the pending litigation. While courts are often hesitant to grant such relief, recent trends suggest a shift in attitude, especially within the cannabis

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California Cannabis: Make Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Count

In the ever-evolving landscape of the cannabis industry, the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) is becoming more prevalent as the demand for difficult to grow exotic strains increases and more brands and businesses flood the market. Previously we have blogged about the importance of NDAs to safeguard confidential business information. Cannabis businesses should continue to