Mary Shapiro

Following 20 years in the publishing industry in marketing capacities, she started her legal career in 1999 at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. There, Mary supported business in a variety of industries: technology, medical device, pharmaceutical, publishers, wineries, foundations and consumer products. Mary began her solo practice in 2009, continuing her day-to-day work clearing, filing, prosecuting, and enforcing trademarks in the U.S. and around the world. Her cannabis practice began in earnest in 2009 and in 2016, Mary rebranded to Evoke Law, a firm specializing in serving the cannabis industry. Evoke Law provides pro bono assistance to Marijuana Policy Project, Americans for Safe Access, and the California Cannabis Industry Association.

A founding member of the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) and now secretary, Mary steers the organization’s international expansion. She is also a First 50 supporter of Women Grow. She speaks at industry conferences including NCIA, CCIA, NCBA, and Emerald Cup.