Lloyd Pierre-Louis


Lloyd Pierre-Louis is a member of Dickinson Wright’s Cannabis Practice Group. His practice focuses on administrative law and government affairs, and with particularity in licensing, regulatory compliance and legislative advocacy in the legal cannabis and more traditional highly-regulated industries. Along with the process of legislation and rulemaking, he assists entities and individuals through every aspect of licensure, regulatory compliance, business operations, employment and business transactions.  His clients include producers, manufacturers, retailers, service providers, testing laboratories, equity and debt investors, nonprofits and trade associations. 


Lloyd's efforts have resulted in dozens of valuable license awards, rule changes, and numerous Ohio enactments, including Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Act and amendments securing funds for vulnerable populations and expanding options for opioid use disorder. He has authored articles appearing in Law360, Bezinga, and Smart Business Magazine, presented to trade groups, been interviewed regarding ongoing issues concerning the legal cannabis industry, and been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for administrative law and cannabis law. His prior experiences include several years as a civil litigator practicing in both state and federal courts, all phases of administrative appeals for licensees facing state action, redistricting cases applying state and federal law, and as chief counsel to the Ohio House of Representatives.

Education & Credentials


Clark University

B.A., 1994

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

J.D., 1997

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • The Legal 500United States
    •   Cannabis, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Administrative Law, 2021, 2023-2024
    • Cannabis Law, 2023-2024
    • Government Relations Practice, 2024

Prominent Assignments

  • Secured legal cannabis licenses for clients in Ohio, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and California
  • Regulatory compliance for debt transaction exceeding $30 million
  • Regulatory compliance for equity transactions exceeding $100 million
  • Secured 7-figure state capital and operating funding for nonprofit entities
  • Obtained certifications for businesses as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise, Women Business Enterprise and Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity Program (EDGE)
  • Secured opportunity for state licensure of for-profit entities to address opioid addiction treatment

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association 
  • National Bar Association 
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • John Mercer Langston 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

  • The Supreme Court of Ohio 
  • 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 of United States


  • Co-Author, “Ohio Voters May Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use for Adults,” Dickinson Wright Client Alert, October 2023
  • Panelist, "Lawyering in Cannabis," Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, September 2023
  • Author, “Five Upcoming Changes to Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Laws & Recreational Update,” Dickinson Wright Client Alert, Jul 2023
  • Featured, "What Cannabis Companies Need to Know About State Cannabis Regulators," Dickinson Wright Minutes on the Matter, March, 2023
  • Speaker, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, February 2023
  • 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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