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Shay Aaron Gilmore


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Rice University, B.A., 1998


  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California NORML

Shay Aaron Gilmore is an attorney based in San Francisco and works with cannabis companies located throughout Northern California. Working with clients who are engaged in all aspects of the legal cannabis industry - including cultivation, manufacturing, product labeling and packaging, transportation and retail sales, Shay provides general counsel services with a focus on creative solutions to help cannabis businesses get started and grow.

Prior to practicing in the cannabis space, Shay worked as in-house counsel for national and global financial services companies. While working as in-house counsel, Shay implemented company-wide compliance programs, conducted corporate investigations, and worked with business partners to negotiate and draft agreements to meet business objectives. Prior to this, Shay worked as a partner and as an associate attorney in private practice for major national and international law firms, handling litigation and regulatory and compliance matters.

Shay graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2001. During law school he focused on environmental law, and served as a Texas Law Fellow providing pro bono legal assistance to Central Texas nonprofit organizations. Following law school, in 2004, Shay was awarded the State Bar of California's Wiley W. Manuel Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services for his work assisting transgender clients seeking political asylum in the United States.

Shay holds a B.A. in Economics, Spanish and Policy Studies from Rice University. Shay is fluent in Spanish.