Lisa L. Pittman, Esq. is a Nonresident Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Drug Policy Program, is appointed to the Texas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Advisory Council, and is Chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Cannabis Law & Policy Committee. She advocates for the improvement of marijuana and hemp laws in Texas and federally. In 2020, Lisa was awarded the Texas Lawyer Trailblazer Award and the National Law Journal Trailblazer Award for cannabis law. Her work in the Texas legalization movement earned her the moniker, “The First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law.” Lisa is a twenty-year commercial litigation attorney who has focused on cannabis for the past six, including 2 years spent in Colorado to learn the industry and obtain her Colorado Bar License. She counsels clients from investors and ancillary service providers to farmers, processors, manufacturers, laboratories, distributors, and retailers in all manners of legal and business decisions. Lisa works across the country and internationally, and she understands the challenges, including tax, banking, financing, insurance, and regulatory compliance issues. Using her network, she navigates these obstacles and facilitate solutions. Lisa is also a certified mediator and arbitrator, and frequently lectures and publishes about cannabis law.