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Christopher P. Parrington

Of Counsel

Since 2014, Christopher has been actively involved in representing businesses and business owners in the hemp and state-legal cannabis industries throughout the U.S. He represents hemp and cannabis clients in matters related to business formation, corporate compliance, regulatory compliance, labor and employment, real estate, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, FDA labeling compliance, due diligence and investments. Christopher has also represented numerous clients in applying for state-issued licenses to operate marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary businesses.

More than half of the states in America have legalized cannabis for medical use, and more than 20% of the states have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Christopher has represented marijuana clients in many of the states that have passed legislation legalizing cannabis (medical or recreational). He understands the complexities and challenges involved in representing startup companies or less established businesses, as is the case for most of the state-legal marijuana industry. Christopher has the knowledge, understanding and experience necessary to advise clients through the myriad challenges navigating state laws and local government rules and regulations, specifically the conflicts between the state laws that have legalized cannabis (whether medical or recreational), and federal law, in which the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis and cannabis-infused products is illegal. He has also represented clients attempting to navigate through the regulatory landscape that resulted from the federal government’s legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill including continuing hemp operations under the 2014 Farm Bill, creation of compliance policies and procedures under the 2018 Farm Bill, and issues related to the interstate transportation of hemp.

Because of his experience in the hemp and state-legal cannabis industries, Christopher has been frequently quoted by Marijuana Business Daily on a variety of marijuana-related topics. He was also quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News with respect to securities offerings in the cannabis industry. In December 2018, Christopher was included on the “250 Cannabis Law Experts” list published by the Databird Research Journal, which recognized 250 individuals “shaping this fast-growing [cannabis] space.” He has been recognized as a Rising Star with Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2007 and is currently teaching a cannabis-law course at Doane University in Nebraska. He is also a frequent contributor to Minnesota Attorney at Law Magazine on topics related to Minnesota’s medical cannabis industry, and has written numerous other articles and made numerous presentations on hemp and cannabis-related topics.

Presentations
  • “Banking the Cannabis Industry: Legal and Ethical Issues,” Nebraska Bankers Association, December 2018
  • “A Navigational Guide to Investigating Financial Crimes in State-Legal Cannabis Market,” International Association of Financial Crimes Investigator’s Midwest Annual Conference, October 2016
  • “Can Broker / Dealers do Business with Investors in the Marijuana Industry?,” Catlin US Independent Broker / Dealer Conference, 2014
  • "How to Prevent Your Dispute from Turning from an Ant Hill into a Mountain,"  Independent Broker Dealer Conference, September 2016
  • "Broker-Dealer Due Diligence Investigation," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2015
  • "General Investments: Supervision vs. Compliance Oversight," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2014
  • "Broker-Dealer: E&O and D&O Insurance Issues Every Compliance Professional Should Know," National Society of Compliance Professionals Webinar, 2013
  • "Anti-Money Laundering, National Society of Compliance Professionals," National Conference, 2013
  • "Broker-Dealer: Ethics, Compliance and Risk in Today’s World," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2012
  • National Business Institute CLE, 2011, 2012
Publications
  • "Securities and Marijuana: A Broker/Dealer’s Guide to Navigating through the Rules and Regulations Related to the Cannabis Industry," Currents, The National Society of Compliance Professionals, May 2016
  • "Native American Tribes & the Evolution of Cannabis Laws,” Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, May 2015
  • “Smooth Sailing: Minnesota Sticking to MMJ Timeline, Dispensaries on Track to Open in Summer,” Marijuana Business Daily, March 2015
  • "Crowdfunding: The New Way to Finance Your Startup," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, November 2014 
  • "The Real Dope: Banking in the Age of Medical and Recreational Marijuana," Minnesota Bankers Association News, September 2014
  • "Is It Illegal To Do Business With Businesses In the Legal Drug Industry?," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, July 2014
  • "Cracking the Whip: FINRA Enforcement Action and Rule Changes Involving Private Placement in Outside Business Activities," DRI Today, 2012
  • "Top 5 reasons to continue networking during a down economy," Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, October 2009

Representative Matters
  • JAB, Inc. v. Naegle, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A14-1743 (non-compete dispute) 
  • Schmit Towing, Inc. v. Chris Frovik, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A10-362 (non-compete agreement dispute) 
  • QBE Insurance Corp. v. Twin Homes of French Ridge Homeowners Association, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A09-929 (insurance coverage dispute)
  • Hendel Construction, LLC v. Security State Bank of Howard Lake, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A08-1248 (contract dispute)
  • Equity Trust Company Custodian FBO Eisenmenger IRA, et al. v. Joseph A. Cole, et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A08-1681 (securities fraud allegations)
  • Andrew Bloomquist v. Wisdom Development Group, Inc., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A08-0367 (securities fraud allegations) 
  • Esera Tuaolo v. Want Some Weather, Inc., et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File Nos. A07-2139, A08-0014 & A08-0044 (fraud allegations)
  • Tenant Construction, Inc. v. Scott H. Mason, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A07-0413 (non-compete agreement dispute)
  • Salon 2000, Inc. v. Chandra Lynn Dauwalter, et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A06-1227 (non-compete agreement dispute)
  • Ran Mart Stucco, Texture & Drywall, Inc. v. Danna Homes, Inc., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A05-2256. (contract dispute)
  • Richard T. Ketterling v. Carolyn Hamilton, et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A05-2119 (real estate dispute)
  • Edwin L. Sisam, et al. v. Workman Securities Corporation, FINRA Case No. 12-00259 (securities fraud allegation)
  • Katherine Williams v. Daniel Rickett, FINRA Case No. 12-02075 (contract dispute)

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars® 2007, 2009-2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2018 
  • Who's Who in Business Litigation, Minnesota Law & Politics and Twin Cities Business magazines, 2011