Whatever the product or project, Joel provides cost-effective legal services, including:

  • Purchase/ Sale of Business
  • Negotiation of Contracts
  • Counseling, Advice and Strategy
  • Entity Formation
  • Real Property Purchase and Sale
  • Landlord/Tenant Negotiation

When Colorado legalized marijuana, Joel brought almost three decades of general business, real estate and dispute resolution/ litigation experience to Colorado’s nascent legalized marijuana industry. In addition to his cannabis business/real estate practice, he continues to use his transactional and dispute resolution skills to provide legal services to a broad range of non-marijuana businesses.


University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. J.D., 1980
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. B.A. in Economics, 1977


Joel has written numerous columns and articles about business, and real estate issues, including the Choice of Entity Deskbook and a monthly column in the Denver Business Journal.

He has also spoken regularly to lawyers, laymen and industry groups about marijuana-related and non-marijuana-related issues, including KushCon II, HempCon, and CLE of Colorado.

He provides me great service as a business and real estate lawyer setting up partnerships and doing all pertinent documents including leases, is client orientated, and is knowledgeable in many areas of the law—including marijuana law. I’ve recommended him to a lot of people over the last 15 years. If he doesn’t feel comfortable with something, he’ll refer to another attorney. He doesn’t take on just any job and expect the client to pay for his learning curve. He’s very honest and upfront with people. He provides a low/high estimate. If he sees it going higher or finds a shortcut that can save time and money, he will be proactive and make me aware. He thinks of a client’s money and time. That said, he will not short the process. If Joel thinks it will take more time and cost you more to get the desired result, he will let you know. I have never been disappointed with the results of his efforts for myself or my clients.

Bill Vassil