Alison M. Malsbury

Alison Malsbury

Alison Malsbury is a partner at Ragghianti Freitas LLP. She focuses her practice on corporate and intellectual property transactions, as well as regulatory compliance in emerging industries including cannabis and hemp. She advises clients on brand strategy and intellectual property protection, contracts, entity structuring and formation, and cannabis regulatory compliance in both California and Washington. Alison has a robust practice representing celebrities on their cannabis endorsement and investment deals and helping cosmetic and skin care companies navigate the complicated laws involving hemp and CBD.

Alison speaks regularly on the nuances of intellectual property, corporate transactions, and regulatory compliance in the cannabis industry. She has been interviewed by major media outlets including the LA Times, International Business Times, Huffington Post, ABC News, and Rolling Stone, and writes regularly for Harris Bricken’s Canna Law Blog. Alison has appeared on San Francisco’s KQED to discuss the state of cannabis legalization in California, and has spoken at law schools, industry events, and CLE events about legal issues in the cannabis industry. In 2019, Alison was awarded with the National Law Journal Trailblazer Award for her work on intellectual property and celebrity cannabis deals.


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law,  Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Technical Editor, Santa Clara Journal of International Law

B.A., Seattle University, Magna Cum Laude

Affiliations and Honors

State Bar of California

State Bar of Washington

Multiple U.S. District Courts

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Currently Teaching

Drug Policy Practicum: Cannabis Law and Policy Fall 2022