Kelsey Middleton is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and Cannabis practice. She joined Goodwin in 2021.

Ms. Middleton has assisted cannabis and hemp industry businesses with obtaining the requisite licenses, permits and approvals to lawfully participate in state-sanctioned regulated markets and maintaining regulatory compliance. Additionally, Ms. Middleton has drafted memoranda on novel cannabis and hemp related issues, including the feasibility of introducing new cannabis and hemp products and mechanisms to market, contributed to successful merit licensing applications, and conducted regulatory due diligence for proposed joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

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Ms. Middleton’s recent experience includes :

  • Providing advice and counseling related to compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to cannabis, hemp and cannabinoid businesses to a range of entities, including Bespoke Financial, Dutchie, Hassie Holdings, TRPC, Waitr and a Fortune 500 multinational company.
  • Performing regulatory and licensing due diligence in connection with financings, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures for a range of entities, including private equity funds.
  • Providing advice and counsel concerning the defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights for a variety of software and consumer products companies.
  • Representing a large, well known digital assets exchange in defense of litigation asserting civil conspiracy and money laundering.
  • Representing BrowserStack in defense of patent litigation.
  • Representing Company X in pre-litigation counseling.

Ms. Middleton also maintains an active pro bono practice. Recent experience includes:

  • Preparing a clemency petition for an individual sentenced to a decade in prison for a crime involving cannabis through the Cannabis Justice Initiative.
  • Interviewing and preparing citizenship applications through Project Citizenship.
  • Corresponding with incarcerated people who identify as transgender regarding legal advocacy and issues impacting the incarcerated transgender community through the Transgender Law Center Prison Mail Response Program.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Middleton was a regulatory specialist and associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg LLP. During law school, Ms. Middleton completed internships at Emerge Law Group and the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.

Professional Experience
Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Middleton was a regulatory specialist and associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg LLP. During law school, Ms. Middleton completed internships at Emerge Law Group and the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.
Professional Activities
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Cannabis Section Executive Committee Member/ BYA Liaison
  • Minority Cannabis Business Association, Member


While attending law school, Ms. Middleton received a CALI award for earning the highest grade in Legal Analysis, Research and Communications.

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J.D., 2019
University of California, Los Angeles
B.F.A., 2012
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign





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