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  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2001

  • Rice University, B.A., 1998


  • International Cannabis Bar Association, Board of Directors Member and CLE Committee Chair

  • Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section, Vice-Chair

  • Alameda County Bar Association Cannabis Law Section, Secretary

  • National Cannabis Industry Association, Insurance Committee Member


  • Wiley W. Manuel Award, State Bar of California, 2004

  • Rising Star Award, Minority Bar Coalition of Northern California, 2009

  • Professional of the Year Award, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, 2015

Shay Aaron Gilmore

Shay Aaron Gilmore is an attorney in San Francisco with experience advising successful cannabis operators through the corporate, transactional, and regulatory complexities of California’s legal adult-use and medicinal cannabis markets.

Shay’s practice focuses on providing outside general counsel services to California’s cannabis operators including advice regarding entity formation and operation, corporate governance, financing, business transactional matters, local permitting, state licensing and regulatory compliance. Shay is actively involved in local, state, national and international cannabis legislative and regulatory efforts, including his work on the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association, as well as his leadership of the Cannabis Law Sections of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Alameda County Bar Association.

Shay has been named a “Rising Star” in business and corporate law by Super Lawyers Magazine and has received awards from the State Bar of California and other organizations committed to the highest standards of professionalism in the legal services space. Prior to founding The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore, Shay practiced law at major national and international law firms, where he distinguished himself in a range of complex matters including commercial litigation, employment litigation, and regulatory compliance, and Shay also served as in-house counsel in the legal departments for major financial institutions, providing advice and counsel regarding corporate and commercial transactions, product development, government affairs, and litigation management.

Shay graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2001. 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, and Shay is fluent in Spanish.