As co-chair of Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team, Whitt represents clients in a wide range of cannabis issues. In addition to providing a full suite of legal services to cannabis companies, Whitt and the Cannabis Industry team advise non-cannabis clients – from banks to commercial real estate companies to insurance companies and high net worth individuals – on best practices for doing business (or, when appropriate, not doing business) with cannabis companies.
Part of his practice is focused on providing guidance related to the ever-evolving legal status of cannabis in the U.S. and Canada. Whitt assists financial institutions that provide services to cannabis companies operating in Canada or states that have legalized cannabis under state law, advising on how to best comply with the complex state and federal laws governing the provision of financial services to cannabis companies, as well as how to comply with various regulatory obligations, including those imposed by the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and related Anti-Money Laundering (AML) statutes and regulations. He also counsels clients on the interplay between the Controlled Substances Act and the provision of services (financial and otherwise) to cannabis companies that operate in states that have legalized cannabis under state law.
Whitt is one of the leading voices in the cannabis bar. He has presented on cannabis issues at conferences around the country. His work has been featured in the National Law Journal, Law360, and the Westlaw Journal. And he has been quoted in an array of legal and mainstream publications from Law360 and Super Lawyers to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press.
Prior to joining the firm, Whitt was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, where he gained experience in general commercial, antitrust, securities, professional liability, and labor and employment matters as a member of the litigation department.