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Shay Aaron Gilmore


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

  • Rice University, B.A., 1998


  • Chair, CLE Committee, National Cannabis Bar Association

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

  • Secretary, Cannabis Law Section, Alameda County Bar Association

  • Member, Finance & Insurance Committee, National Cannabis Industry Association

Shay Aaron Gilmore is an attorney based in San Francisco and works with cannabis operators located throughout the California cannabis supply chain. Working with clients who are engaged in all aspects of the legal cannabis industry, including cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sales, Shay provides general counsel services with a focus on creative solutions to help cannabis businesses grow.

Prior to practicing in the cannabis space, Shay worked as in-house counsel for national and global financial services companies. While working in-house, 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 in private practice for major national and international law firms, handling both complex 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. In 2015, Shay was awarded the Professional of the Year Award by the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.

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