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Robert Hoban sits at the center of the world’s largest commercial cannabis industry network. As the cannabis industry commercialized, Bob was widely credited for creating the class of lawyers now known as “cannabis attorneys.” He has truly transcended the practice of law and is regularly involved in assembling and structuring large-scale cannabis industry M&A transactions. Above all else, Bob is a cannabis industry expert.

Since 2008, Bob deliberately constructed the Hoban Law Group (HLG) to become the world’s leading full-service commercial cannabis industry law firm. For more than a decade, HLG represented the cannabis industry’s titans in every aspect of the commercial cannabis industry around the world. In June of 2021, HLG was acquired by international law firm, Clark Hill. Bob joined Clark Hill as a Member, Member-in-Charge of Clark Hill’s new Denver Office, and the Co-Leader of its Cannabis Industry Practice Group.

From 2010-2016, Bob served as one of the Nation’s first cannabis policy instructors at the University of Denver, where he regularly lectured regarding cannabis topics, and led a University-sanctioned research practicum concerning the efficacy of marijuana regulation. Given this academic background, Bob has been asked to work with the governments of more than thirty countries on crafting commercial cannabis public policy.

Bob has consistently been recognized as one of the most influential people in the global cannabis industry by a variety of organizations and publications over the course of the past ten-plus years. Since 2013, Bob has achieved the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, awarded to only those lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability. He was recently named a “Cannabis Law Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, and he has been consistently recognized as one of “Denver’s Top Cannabis Lawyers” for nearly a decade.

Bob is a Forbes contributor and frequently appears in media coverage as a legal expert on cannabis and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of cannabis events around the world. He has conducted hundreds of interviews regarding marijuana policy for international, national, state, and local media outlets. Major media outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Rolling Stone, Forbes, VICE, MSNBC, and Bloomberg all have called on Bob for his unique perspective on the cannabis industry.


J.D., University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
B.S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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