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Notable Cases

Salek Investments, LLC v BRK Concepts, LLC: An Oregon landlord sought the eviction of its tenant’s lawfully-operating medical marijuana dispensary. Although eviction was ultimately unavoidable in this instance, I successfully convinced the Circuit Court Judge to issue a written order allowing my client to reenter the premises under the supervision of the Sheriff in order to retrieve all the medical marijuana inventory left behind. In addition, I was able to work with OHA in order to resolve any outstanding dispensary violations, and guide my client’s transfer of the dispensary to a new location within the same 1,000-foot territory.

Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy: Lehman Brothers was the largest bankruptcy case ever docketed in the Southern District of New York. As lead counsel for the City, I helped avoid litigation while facilitating the recovery of more than $112 million in unpaid taxes on behalf of the Department of Finance.

London Terrace Gardens v City of New York: One of New York City’s largest landlords challenged the City’s decision to reject the landlord’s attempt to unilaterally withdraw from a voluntary benefit program, asserting a violation of its rights under the 5th Amendment, among other arguments. I successfully persuaded three different New York courts to reject the plaintiff’s claims (see 2011 NY Slip Op 31206U [NY County 2011], affd 101 AD3d 27 [1st Dept 2012], mot lv denied 21 NY3d 855 [May 7, 2013]).

Expedia v City of New York: Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, Travelocity, and others sued the City of New York seeking to overturn an amendment to a local taxing statute on State constitutional grounds. As attorney for the City, I handled the litigation from the trial court through two subsequent appeals, where New York’s highest Court ultimately upheld the statute’s constitutionality (see 2013 NY LEXIS 3187, 2013 NY Slip Op 7759 [Nov 21, 2013]).

Oregon Health Authority v [Portland Dispensary]: OHA issued a notice of proposed violation against my client (whose name is withheld here for confidentiality reasons), seeking the sum of $70,000.00 as a result of allegations that my client was operating a medical marijuana dispensary without a valid registration. After extensive negotiations with OHA wherein I highlighted a fundamental defect in their effort to impose such fines, OHA ultimately walked away—my client paid nothing.

Joseph v Hyman: A putative class of commuters from outside Manhattan attempted to eliminate a City parking benefit that was only provided to Manhattan residents. The plaintiffs challenged the City statute claiming that it violated the New York State and Federal constitutions. Invoking a little known doctrine called the Tax Injunction Act, I secured the case’s dismissal in the Federal District Court, and the Second Circuit affirmed on appeal (see 2010 US Dist LEXIS 91580, 2010 WL 3528854 [SDNY 2010], affd 659 F3d 215 [2d Cir 2011]).

Honors & Awards

New York City Bar Association Municipal Affairs Award (2011)

New York City Law Department Division Chief’s Award (2010)

New York City Law Department Legal Rookie of the Year Award (2009)

Hofstra Law Review, Associate Editor

Nu Pi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society (PSU)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Puff the Magic Medicine: The Medical Marijuana Movement, as part of the Garfunkel Wild Thought Leadership in Action Speaker Series (2015)

Co-author, The New York State Legislature, in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics (Oxford University Press, Gerald Benjamin ed. 2012)

Co-author, Bankruptcy Litigation and Attorney Ethics, in The Tenth Annual Municipal Law Institute Handbook (July 2010)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice law in Oregon and New York


Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.

Portland State University, B.S., Economics & Political Science (cum laude)

Wolf Legal LLC

Josh Wolf

I provide outstanding transactional services, but I also have the trial and appellate experience to litigate your biggest problems when they can’t be resolved any other way.

A virtual presence means I’m not tied to a desk downtown, so that I can come to you, on your schedule. It also means lower overhead, so I can charge you less and offer a bit of certainty up-front through flat fee pricing. And ultimately, a fixed fee allows me to take my eyes off the clock and focus on what’s most important—working for you.

If you want a better idea of my lawyer street cred, take a look around this page. If you want to discuss my experience in person, just give me a call.

What I Do

Here’s a sampling of some of the services I provide.

If you don’t really know how to label your problem yet, or if you don’t see what you need, let’s talk!

For Everyone

  • Civil litigation and appeals, including adverse administrative determinations under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), and Oregon Liquor and Control Commission (OLCC) Recreational Marijuana laws and rules
  • Bankruptcy litigation and appeals
  • Tax counsel and litigation, including under the Oregon Recreational Marijuana laws and rules.
  • Workers’ compensation disputes
  • Regulatory compliance counsel, including Medicaid and Medicare
  • Entertainment law counsel and drafting services
  • Intellectual property and non-disclosure agreement drafting and counsel
  • Ownership, employment, vendor, and independent contractor agreements

For Startups

  • Oregon Recreational Marijuana laws and rules counseling, including formation and regulatory advice concerning all four licenses administered by the Oregon Liquor and Control Commission (OLCC):  producer, processor, wholesaler, and retailer
  • Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) regulatory counsel, including Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary (OMMD) formation, grow site registration, OMMD and OMMP registrant and/or cardholder advocacy, as well as counsel regarding adding a recreational component to your existing medical business or transitioning entirely to a recreational marijuana focus
  • General business, not-for-profit, and trade association formation services
  • Exempt status applications for not-for-profit and other qualifying entities
  • Registered agent services
  • HIPAA compliance and business associate agreements


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