Bryna Dahlin is widely known for effectively navigating the cutting-edge legal issues present in the fast-growing cannabis industry. Her clients range from growers, distributors, product manufacturers and ancillary businesses to outside investors and traditional companies impacted by cannabis laws. Bryna also advises on issues of regulatory compliance; risk avoidance; interplay between state and federal law; contracts and licensing; advertising and product packaging; and intellectual property.
Bryna is also skilled trial lawyer who has represented clients in an array of federal and state courts, at both trial court and appellate levels. Bryna was previously a partner at a large international law firm, where she focused her practice on high-stakes litigation and corporate counseling. Past representations include prominent food, pharmaceutical, entertainment, advertising, technology and consumer product companies. She has since leveraged her formidable experience and zealous client representation skills to cannabis companies of all sizes in need of sophisticated legal representation, from startups to stars in the industry.
Bryna's desire to play a small part in helping to correct the social injustices resulting from the war on drugs, combined with her food and drug law experience, led her to form a legal practice catering to the cannabis industry. She served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she taught Illinois' first law course on cannabis, and has lectured around the country on cannabis law. She also serves on the Advertising and Marketing Committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
In 2013, Bryna was recognized as one of Chicago’s 40 Attorneys Under 40 by the National Law Journal, and has been selected for the Illinois "Super Lawyers" or “Rising Stars” lists since 2010. Bryna received her B.S. in Journalism and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bryna is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois. She also has significant pro bono experience in prisoners’ rights cases and Section 1983 actions.