Brach Eichler adds two members to its cannabis practice

Roseland-based law firm Brach Eichler LLC announced Thursday it has added two new members to its cannabis practice in anticipation of the passing of a new expanded medical marijuana bill in the state.

Brach Eichler said Matthew M. Collins, who’s been a member at Brach Eichler since 1998, and Susan R. Rubright, who’s been a member since 2005, have been named to the team.

Collins has extensive experience working with clients about labor and employment issues including discrimination, reasonable accommodations for disabled employees and discipline and discharge. He also represents clients in state and federal court.

Rubright is involved in matters of real estate and real estate development, representing both developers and planning boards at several municipalities.

“Mark’s labor and employment and Susan’s real estate knowledge will help us respond more comprehensively to the needs of our Cannabis Practice clients,” John D. Fanburg, managing member and co-chair of the cannabis practice, said. “Medical Marijuana is still an emerging industry for New Jersey, and we want to provide our clients with creative solutions that will come from utilizing team members with varying backgrounds.”

Since creating its cannabis practice in 2017, the firm has distributed two white papers with observations and recommendations for New Jersey legislators related to medical and adult-use marijuana bills, it said.

“Almost every week there’s new medical marijuana legislation proposed with the newest permutation touching both criminal and employment law issues for those looking for expungement for crimes that would no longer be considered illegal,” Charles X. Gormally, chair of the litigation practice and co-chair of the cannabis practice, said. “It shows how important it is to have a balanced integrated practice that encompasses many different expertise so that our clients can address potential issues from any angle with equal effectiveness.”