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Lloyd Pierre-Louis


Lloyd Pierre-Louis is a member of Dickinson Wright’s Cannabis Practice Group. His practice focuses on government affairs and administrative law, and particularly the legal cannabis and hemp industries.  He represents clients providing the industry with equity and debt capital, equipment, devices, and other services.  He also assists entities and individuals through every aspect of licensure, business operation, regulatory compliance, employment, and transactions with related businesses.  

Lloyd's lobbying and administrative efforts have resulted in numerous Ohio enactments, including bill amendments securing funds for vulnerable populations, Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Act and expanding options for opioid use disorder, and numerous client licensures within a highly regulated cannabis industry. He has authored numerous articles, presented to trade groups and has been interviewed regarding ongoing issues inside and outside the legal cannabis industry.  His prior experience includes litigation in all phases of administrative appeals for licensees facing state action, redistricting cases applying state and federal law, and other types of civil matters in state and federal courts.

Education & Credentials


Clark University

B.A., 1994

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

J.D., 1997

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • The Legal 500 United States
    •   Cannabis, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Administrative Law, 2021

Prominent Assignments

  • Secured wishes for sick kids grant program in state operating budget 
  • Secured capital funding for municipalities and housing authority
  • Secured substantial funds from state operating budget for client nonprofit entities work in domestic violence victim support
  • Secured rights to compete for quasi-public entity against state for public contracts
  • Secured opportunity for licensure of for-profit entities to address opioid addiction treatment

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio Lobbying Association 
  • Ohio State Bar Association 
  • National Bar Association 
  • Columbus Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • The Wellington School, board member
  • Capitol Square Foundation, past board member
  • Walk with a Doc, Inc., past board member
  • Leadership Columbus, former fellow 
  • African-American Leadership Academy, past advisory board member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Author, "Why State Law Noncompliance Is Federally Risky For Pot Biz," Law360, October 2021 
  • Author, “High Risks Remain If Operating Cannabis Business Outside Strict State Law,” Dickinson Wright Client Alert, August 2021
  • Presenter, “The Real State of Legal Cannabis” Roundtable, ICSC OH/KY/IN/MI/PA Retail Development & Law Symposium, April 2021
  • Moderator, Navigating the Tax, Accounting & Regulatory Maze, Cannavest, November 2020  
  • Author, Accepting a Federal Loan is Among the Highest Risks a Federally Illegal Business Can Undertake, Benzinga, October 2020 
  • “8 Things Legal Cannabis Businesses Need To Know About Using Receiverships”, Cannabis Times, July 22, 2020
  • Presenter - “Navigating the Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Maze of Legal Cannabis”, CannaVest East Conference (Boston, MA), Feb. 20, 2020
  • "Ohio Legalizes Hemp," published August 30, 2019 
  • "A Legal Outlook of Medical Marijuana: What’s on the Horizon?" 2019 Managing Labor + Employee Seminar, co-presented March 5, 2019
  • "Overview of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Business from a Legal Perspective" Columbus Bar Association, co-presented February 27, 2019
  • “6 Tips for Dealing with Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Regulators,” Columbus Business First, November 15, 2018
  • "Legal Medical Marijuana in Ohio Should Lead to Better Environmental Practices," Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Spring 2018 
  • "Proposed Amendment for 'Non-Partisan·Congressional Redistricting Process in Ohio Voters· Hands," published April 4, 2018
  • "AG Changes Guidance on Marijuana, But Not Laws," published January 8, 2018 
  • "Medical Marijuana: Impact on the Workplace," Columbus Association of Health Underwriters, presented December 12, 2017
  • "Administrative Procedures Act and the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program," published August 11, 2017
  • "Ohio Medical Marijuana Act – What’s Next for Wannabe Cultivators, Processors & Dispensers?," published July 28, 2017
  • "Keynote Address: 'Transitioning from Yes We Can' to 'How We Will,"' Ohio State University's Office of Student Life's 2nd Annual African American + Latino Male Dinner, presented January 18, 2017
  • “What Will this Year’s Election Outcome Mean for You and Your Business,” Smart Business Magazine, Summer 2016
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