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 leads the firm’s growing Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp practice area. Working with businesses and organizations from entrepreneurial startups to some of the industry’s largest enterprises, he has advised clients throughout the industry vertical, including cultivators, processors, dispensaries, physicians, and patients. Chad regularly writes and presents 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.

Chad brings previous experience with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he helped ensure the agency’s regulatory and statutory compliance with federal privacy laws.

On the Blog

Cannabis Law & Policy

Federal GOP Advances Bill to Legalize Cannabis

A new Republican-led cannabis legalization bill is making its way through Congress and is emerging as one of the best chances yet for federal legalization. Representative Nancy Mace’s (R-SC) recently introduced ‘States Reform Act’ would deschedule cannabis federally and establish a new regulatory framework to treat cannabis like alcohol. Other key aspects of the proposal include: A 3.75% excise tax [...]

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