Our speakers are experts in Cannabis law, IP, 280E strategy, business operations, and have delivered numerous educational talks on these topics.
Mario is the founder of New Era CPAs, LLP, and has been helping clients in the cannabis industry across with litigation support, compliance, 280E strategy, and tax preparation for over six years. Mario has served as an expert witness in a medical marijuana defense case (People v. Jovan Jackson (2013)) and was appointed by the Court as the CPA for the first medical marijuana business to file Bankruptcy in federal court. Mario has spoken at numerous cannabis and accounting events.
Mario’s professional experience is representative of his entrepreneurial character; one not afraid to deviate from the stereotypical norms. After leading audit engagements for large public traded companies at PwC in Portland, Oregon, Mario founded an accounting practice in San Diego and has helped hundreds of clients in accounting, consulting and tax engagements.
Mario graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with dual degrees in Business and Psychology. Mario holds a CPA certificate from the State of Oregon and State of California.
Simone Cimiluca-Radzins is a CPA with New Era CPAs and a founder of the Cannabis Finance Bootcamp. Simone’s expertise is in business strategy, finance, financial reporting, canna-accounting, 280E tax strategy, and risk management. Simone has helped take companies public, performed due-diligences, and has helped companies improve their business operations. Simone has spoken at Women and Grow and has given talks at the University of Oregon.
With a background in Big 4 public accounting and international consulting for Fortune 500 companies, Simone has lived and worked in Spain and France and has assisted clients throughout Latin America, Western and Northern Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.
Simone graduated with dual degrees in Spanish and Accounting from the University of Oregon. Simone holds an active CPA certificate from the State of Oregon.
Paul Loney is the founder of Oregon’s most experienced comprehensive cannabis law firm. In 2009, Mr. Loney developed the legal blueprint for Oregon’s first private cannabis club, the precursor to current dispensaries, and the first National high-profile cannabis café. He represents producers, processors, retailers and ancillary cannabis businesses.
Mr. Loney helped draft numerous cannabis related ballot initiatives, including Oregon’s Ballot Measure
91. He has presented at a variety of seminars and conferences throughout Oregon regarding marijuana business law and compliance issues. Mr. Loney was the co-chair for Oregon’s first cannabis business continuing legal education seminar and is the attorney for Oregon’s largest growers’ organization. He recently collaborated with the Oregonian and University of Oregon regarding a lecture on recreational marijuana in Oregon.
James is a Managing Member of the Law Office of James Hunt PLLC, a practice limited to state and federal tax matters and mediation of disputes in the cannabis industry. Jim has over 25 years of experience in advising individuals, non-profit organizations, closely-held businesses and Fortune 100 companies on multi-state tax issues, as well as federal and state controversies. He is a frequent blogger and and speaker on state and federal tax issues impacting the Cannabis Industry and currently represents clients in both the recreational and medical cannabis industry.
Mr. Hunt is on the Chair of the State and Local Tax Committee of Washington State Bar Association, and an active member in the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics.
Some of Mr. Hunt's prior roles have included: managing federal and state audits and litigation as Director of Tax Controversy for Washington Mutual/Chase Bank; managing complex state tax audits for Amazon.com and GE Capital; and, holding leadership positions in Big 4 and mid-marketing accounting firms.
Mr. Hunt holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa, a B.S. from Northern Illinois University. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Washington and holds a CPA certificate from the State of Illinois.
Luke is the founding and principle of The Law Office of Luke S. Zimmerman APC, a practice that assists entrepreneurs in the emerging cannabis industry and helps them protect their intellectual property. Luke is an Oaksterdam alumni, volunteered in Measure 91 campaigning, and volunteered on the Clemency Project in 2014. Luke has received advanced training and certification in mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and cross cultural competencies. His law firm was featured in the 3rd edition of the ArcView market report “The State of Legal Marijuana Markets” in the branding in the cannabis industry section.
Luke obtained his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oregon and graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego California. Luke obtained a Masters of Law from the University of Amsterdam. His experiences living in Amsterdam and observations of the paradigm shift surrounding cannabis led Luke to believe that the end of cannabis prohibition would be the future of The United States.
Luke is licensed to practice law in the State of California and splits his time between California and Oregon, working on federal trademark issues.