Associate Walter (Chad) Blackham

“Exceptional legal representation calls for more than just skill, but ingenuity and compassion as well. I aim to bring all these qualities to bear for each and every client.”

Phone: 614-939-9955
Fax: 614-939-9954

Associate Attorney Chad Blackham works with the firm’s Compliance and Litigation teams, advising highly-regulated businesses on matters related to advertising and marketing, teleservices, privacy & data security, and other consumer protection issues. With a practical approach, he helps M&S clients understand and proactively comply with complex federal and state laws and defend against litigation and enforcement actions by regulatory agencies including the FCC, FTC, and CFPB.

Chad has a deep understanding of the emerging cannabis industry and founded the firm’s growing Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp practice area. Working with organizations from entrepreneurial startups to some of the industry’s largest enterprises, he has advised clients throughout the industry vertical, including cultivators, processors, dispensaries, and physicians. Chad has written and presented on industry topics such as federal and state regulatory developments, advertising and marketing best practices, employment considerations related to medical and recreational cannabis use, claims substantiation requirements, and the legal implications of varied state cannabis regimes.

Representative Experience

  • Participated in multiple, high-stakes class action matters related to TCPA and other consumer protection concerns, successfully defending clients against millions of dollars in fines and damages.
  • Conducted numerous comprehensive audits and compliance evaluations for Fortune 500 businesses.
  • Assisted with landmark constitutional litigation in the cannabis industry and successfully fought to obtain cannabis cultivator, processor, and dispensary licenses for minority-owned businesses.
  • Assisted in defending clients in dozens of multistate Attorney General investigations and providing successful representation before federal regulatory bodies including the FCC, FTC, and CFPB.

On the Blog

Cannabis Law & Policy

New Jersey Approves First Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

On April 11, 2022, New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) voted to approve the state’s first adult-use cannabis sales to the general public. In doing so, the CRC granted regulatory approval to seven companies currently operating thirteen medical marijuana dispensaries to commence adult-use cannabis sales. The companies include well-known industry players such as Curaleaf, Green Thumb Industries, and Verano Holdings. [...]

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