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Ethan Minkin is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience in complex transactions, healthcare regulatory matters, corporate bankruptcies, and litigation. He has handled hundreds of closings, including mergers and acquisitions, finance deals, and securitizations. Ethan has also litigated numerous high-profile cases and provided counsel on cannabis-related matters, including acquisitions, domestic and international litigation, and regulatory advice.

Ethan founded the Phoenix bankruptcy practice for an AmLaw 100 law firm and has represented clients in bankruptcy proceedings nationwide. He has been admitted pro hac vice in various jurisdictions, including the Southern District of New York, the Central District of Florida, the Central and Southern Districts of California, and the District of Nevada. His clients have included some of the world’s largest banks, financial institutions, and special servicers, as well as regional and local banks.

Experienced Litigator and Healthcare Attorney

Before returning to private practice in 2018, Ethan served as CEO and de facto General Counsel of a Phoenix-based biotech company. His in-house experience includes roles with one of the world’s largest financial institutions and a national Medicaid HMO acquired by Aetna. Ethan began his legal career with the largest Phoenix-based law firm and became a partner at an AmLaw 100 law firm.

Ethan holds a Political Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he graduated cum laude.

Recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer, Ethan volunteers for the Special Olympics of Arizona and the Southwest Autism Research Center. In his free time, he enjoys skiing and spending time with his wife, children, friends, and two dogs.

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Fast Facts


  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D.)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.S.P.H.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona

More About Ethan

  • Safeguard Your Ketamine Clinic: Legal Expertise You Need to Know, Psychiatry Tomorrow Podcast, March 13, 2024.
  • Current Ketamine Regulations & The Future of Psychedelic Medicines, Harris Sliwoski webinar, April 11, 2023.
  • Distressed Cannabis Businesses, Harris Sliwoski webinar, February 28, 2023.
  • Psychedelic Law & The Use of Ketamine, Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy Podcast, March 18, 2022.
  • Starting a Ketamine Clinic– What You Need to Know, Harris Sliwoski webinar, September 9, 2021.
  • Guest Lecturer, “Off Label Promotion – Legal Issues,” Arizona State University School of Law, September 2016.
  • Bankruptcy Developments for Clubs and Hotels, Colorado Law Institute-CLE International, 15th Annual Conference – Resort Development, Vail, Colo., December 8, 2011.
  • “Tempe Centerpoint Development,” 2011 ULI Real Estate Summit at the Spring Council Forum, Urban Development Mixed-Use Council (UDMUC) – GOLD, Urban Land Institute, Phoenix, May 19, 2011.
  • Presenter and Organizer, “HIPAA Privacy Regulations – An Overview,” Arizona Medical Association, Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona and Snell & Wilmer LLP, March 22, 2001.
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  • Expert Depositions and Trial Disclosures: What Every Litigator Needs to Know, Journal of Emerging Issues in Litigation / Winter 2024, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 37–43
  • Distressed Cannabis Cos. Have A Few Options, With Caveats, Law360, April 6, 2023.
  • An Analysis of the Two Class System of Care in Public and Private Psychiatric Hospitals, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 45, 975-977.
  • Outside General Counsel to a Medicare Advantage Organization and in-counsel to a national Medicaid HMO purchased by Aetna
  • Counsel to Accountable Care Organization in commercial litigation, regulatory and transactional matters
  • Co-Lead counsel in acquisition of a behavioral health plan, behavioral health clinics and related assets
  • Lead trial counsel to physician in peer review proceedings and subsequent Federal court lawsuit
  • M&A counsel to cannabis company in two acquisitions, and assist with regulatory and litigation matters
  • Secured a defense verdict for a pharmaceutical company in a breach of contract action in a New York
  • Co-Lead trial counsel for major Arizona city in water rights adjudication trial that lasted six months and has statewide and national importance
  • National bankruptcy counsel to Fortune 10 financial institution and represented the institution in bankruptcy and litigation matters across the United States
  • Co-Lead bankruptcy counsel to senior secured creditor owed over $300 million for loan secured by two major resorts
  • Lead counsel to Fortune 10 financial institution in work-out of $80 million loan portfolio
  • Co-Lead bankruptcy counsel to senior secured lender owed over $30 million for loan secured by dairy farm
  • Counsel to Fortune 500 debtor in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Llitigation counsel to several banks that purchased failed banks through FDIC-assisted transactions that included loss-share agreements
  • Llitigation counsel for many leading special servicers and banks in the United States
  • Special Olympics of Arizona Volunteer
  • Southwest Autism Research Center Volunteer

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Utah's New Anesthesia & Sedation Law, Learn How It Could Affect Ketamine Clinics

Ethan Minkin in Benzinga

The new law, “Anesthesia and sedation requirements – Unprofessional conduct – Whistleblower protection,” was effective as of May 4, 2022, but the implementing regulations have not been passed or implemented yet. As specialized attorney Ethan Minkin explains, that is expected to take place by November 2022.

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Arizona's Cannabis Industry Safety Inspections Show "Growing Pains"

Ethan Minkin in Phoenix New Times

Ethan Minkin, an attorney at firm Harris Sliwoski who advises a handful of marijuana-focused companies about cannabis regulatory issues, said he hasn’t personally seen the state levy fines or revoke a license.

“As strange as it may seem, I’ve never gotten down to that level where the state turns around and imposes sanctions,” Minkin said. “In my experience, they’ve been willing to work with the licensees.”

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