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Jesse Mondry

Jesse is a key member of Harris Sliwoski’s Dispute Resolution / Litigation practice group. He has an extensive domestic and international litigation background and has represented clients from a wide range of industries in high stakes disputes. Jesse represents numerous clients in the cannabis industry and he regularly writes on litigation issues involving hemp and CBD. In every dispute, it is Jesse’s goal to find the best and most cost-effective solution for his clients. His analytical mind, excellent writing skills, and steady presence allow him to find unique solutions to complicated domestic and international disputes.

Litigating Complex Commercial Disputes

Jesse graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, Jesse clerked for the Hon. Thomas J. Kalitowski of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and then held a highly competitive federal appellate clerkship with the Hon. Myron H. Bright of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining Harris Sliwoski, Jesse spent several years litigating complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts across the country at a large firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jesse served as a Board Member of the Bar Association for the Eighth Circuit and authored a chapter of the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual. In 2012, Jesse co-taught the newly formed Insurance Law Clinic at the University of Minnesota Law School.

In his spare time, Jesse likes to cook, sail, and spend time with his family.

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Fast Facts

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.)
  • University of North Dakota (B.A. in Philosophy)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District of Colorado
  • District of Minnesota
  • District of North Dakota
  • Oregon

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  • Medal for Excellence in Oral Advocacy, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Respondent’s Brief, National Moot Court Competition
  • Law School Legal Writing Honors and Best Brief
  • Won complete defense verdict following a 10-day jury trial in an $8 million dispute, arising from the purported merger of 26 CA and OR cannabis companies.
  • Won complete summary judgment on behalf defendant-seller in dispute arising from the sale of licensed Oregon dispensary.
  • Represented plaintiff sovereign nation in dispute with Chinese construction company and obtained a settlement of more than $30 million on behalf of client prior to filing suit.
  • Successfully defended a financial institution in $40 million litigation involving business tort allegations, in pari delicto defenses, and issues arising under the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 and Annunzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992.
  • Successfully represented commercial real estate developer in a $39 million purchase agreement dispute concerning real property located in San Jose, California.
  • Represented plaintiff-seller of Oregon dispensary in a $4 million lawsuit against defendant-purchaser that favorably settled shortly after filing the complaint.
  • Represented defendant cannabis producer in complex multi-party litigation arising out of a failed business venture.
  • Obtained favorable resolutions on behalf of numerous OLCC licensees in administrative proceedings.
  • Represented Chinese manufacturer-plaintiff in lawsuit against purchaser-defendant venued in S.D.N.Y. that resulted in the defendant stipulating to complete liability and a judgment of over $1.2 million.
  • Represented interior design firm in dispute with general contractor located in Atlanta, Georgia that settled prior to mediation.
  • Provided federal appellate representation to a second-level excess insurer in a coverage dispute with insured and achieved reversal of a $6 million summary judgment against the insurer.
  • Part of trial team that obtained a complete defense verdict in a $7 million state-court breach of contract case.
  • Represented the plaintiff in defendant’s appeal from a jury trial in which the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ affirmed a $10 million stray voltage verdict—the largest such verdict in Minnesota history.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a real estate developer on a claim that a regional planning board’s land use decision was arbitrary and capricious.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for indenture trustee in dispute with a court-appointed Receiver arising from an alleged Ponzi scheme perpetrated by the note issuer.
  • Obtained independent counsel and reimbursement for a construction company client in a coverage dispute with its primary insurer.
  • Represented a Chinese national in arbitration against prior employer, a Silicon Valley high tech company, that settled for more than $250,000.
  • Drafted amicus curiae brief on behalf of railroad in a mineral rights dispute before the Supreme Court of North Dakota.
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Cannabis Worker’s Death Triggers Closer OSHA Industry Scrutiny

Jesse Mondry in Bloomberg Law

Many of the states that were in the first wave of recreational marijuana legalization such as Oregon and Washington have their own state worker safety programs and published guidance for the industry, said attorney Jesse Mondry, whose practice at Harris Sliwoski Sliwoski LLP in Portland, Ore., focuses on cannabis issues.

Also, each state’s cannabis industry is already heavily regulated and licensed with worker conditions often part of the requirements, he said.

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What Does Rep. Mace’s States Reform Act Have to Do With Hemp?

Jesse Mondry in Hemp Grower

“The USDA has incorrectly, in my view, sought to impose this DEA certification program on hemp testing labs,” Mondry said “I think ending that requirement would help end the bottleneck at this testing level and allow the hemp CBD industry to scale up. That’s just one way to do that.”

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California Moves to Legalize CBD in Products While Banning Smokable Hemp

Jesse Mondry in Hemp Grower

Arguably, the FDA has no jurisdiction over smokable hemp at all, says Harris Sliwoski Attorney Jesse Mondry in Hemp Grower’s January issue.

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USDA Reopens Hemp Comment Period

Jesse Mondry in WeedWeek

“I think it also shows [that federal agencies] are working in good faith and want to make rules that work for the industry,” he said. “They actually want it to grow, and taking feedback from folks in the industry is a good way to help understand what needs to be done.”

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“False and Misleading:” Suit Claims Select Vapes Contain Less THC Than Labelled

Jesse Mondry in WeedWeek

In a Thursday post at law firm Harris Sliwoski’s Canna Law Blog, attorney Jesse Mondry outlines problems Curaleaf and Cura have faced.

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Class action suits rise against CBD companies, experts stress forthright disclosures

Jesse Mondry in Hemp Industry Daily

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letter against a CBD company for making an unfounded health claim, for example, “is almost an invitation to a plaintiff’s lawyer to file a class action suit,” said Oregon cannabis attorney Jesse Mondry, co-chair of Harris Sliwoski’s dispute resolution/litigation practice group.

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As marijuana class action lawsuits surge, experts stress accurate, forthright disclosures

Jesse Mondry in Marijuana Business Daily

A U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration warning letter against a CBD company for making an unfounded health claim, for example, “is almost an invitation to a plaintiff lawyer,” Mondry said.

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Hemp Lawsuits Rising: A Recent Suit’s Allegations ‘Are Disturbing for Growers’

Jesse Mondry in HempGrower

“The last year has seen a significant uptick in hemp-related litigation in nearly all phases of the industry,” from contract disputes to federal action against cannabidiol (CBD) health claims, Jesse Mondry, an attorney with international law firm Harris Sliwoski, tells Hemp Grower. Lawsuits involving hemp businesses have surfaced throughout the U.S. with hundreds of thousands to an excess of $1 billion at stake.

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Why the 0.3% THC limit for U.S. hemp might stop you from starting a CBD business

Jesse Mondry in RIV Capital

“The farmers for this growing season are going to have to abide by that 0.3 percent THC threshold and it is going to be very difficult for them to do so,” said Jesse Mondry, an attorney based in the Portland, Oregon offices of Harris Sliwoski who regularly does litigation work involving hemp and CBD.

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Devil in the Details: Hemp Contracts Crucial as Litigation Jumps

Jesse Mondry in AgWeb

As disagreements and malfeasance related to CBD and seed spill over to court rooms, the timing is in sync with hemp’s rollicking rise, describes Jesse Mondry, an attorney with Harris Sliwoski, and head of the firm’s Portland litigation team. “Hemp litigation has increased for the past couple of months and it will continue to rise, at least for a few more months, because this is the first crop under the 2018 farm bill,” Mondry explains.

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Federal judge: Oregon pot racketeering lawsuit can proceed

Jesse Mondry in The New York Times

At least two previous racketeering lawsuits filed in Oregon over the smell from marijuana farms have been dismissed, making this ruling notable, said Jesse Mondry, an attorney at the law firm Harris Sliwoski, which specializes in cannabis-related legal matters. Mondry is not involved in the case.

“It changes the playing field in that the court has shown a pathway to bring racketeering claims against marijuana farms,” he said. “I don’t know that this is going to open the floodgates. At least they know now what they need to do so survive a motion to dismiss.”

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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Important International Arbitration Issue

Jesse Mondry in General Counsel News

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a key issue in international arbitration agreements: whether the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards permits a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement to compel arbitration against a signatory to arbitration based on the doctrine of equitable estoppel.

A post on the Harris Sliwoski China Law Blog points out that the question has split the circuit courts, meaning that now the answer to the question depends on where in the United States the dispute is being litigated.

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