Chair, Wilson Elser's National Cannabis Law Practice Team
Ian Stewart is a partner and co-chair of Wilson Elser’s national Cannabis Law practice. Leveraging his 20 years of legal experience, Ian helps clients navigate the challenging new risk management, business practices and insurance landscape presented by the rapidly developing area of Cannabis Law. Ian helps traditional and new organizations prepare for regulatory changes and liability trends whether dealing with regulatory compliance, product liability risks, defense of false advertising and unfair competition claims, professional liability risks, brand protection and obstacles to protecting intellectual property, assisting startups with novel risk management methods, or insurance coverage problems created by conflicting state and federal laws.
Ian works with licensed cannabis operators to comply with their obligations under the law and to develop risk management best practices. He regularly consults with insurance companies to assist with cannabis-related underwriting practices and the development of new policy forms. Ian is currently vice chair of the Insurance Committees of the National Cannabis Industry Association and the California Cannabis Industry Association.