Our Team

We are licensing and regulatory experts. Real estate and transactional experts. Municipal ordinance, zoning, employment law, criminal defense, litigation, trial law and intellectual property experts. All specializing in, and dedicated to, the Michigan medical marihuana industry. Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan is a team of dedicated lawyers committed to your growth, to your success, and to your needs, not because you are a marihuana business, but because you are first a business.

Our clients are the definition of the entrepreneurial spirit, pioneers in bringing a centuries old medicine into the highly-regulated market of present day. And Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan is there with you every step of the way. From business planning and real estate development, to licensing and trademark protection, to litigation and criminal defense; we support our clients and keep them risk averse, so that they can navigate the fluid and sometimes hostile legal climate facing the marihuana industry. We are the starting point for every successful canna-business.

  Denise Pollicella – Founder/Managing Partner


With two undergraduate degrees from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ms. Pollicella received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School and joined the Michigan Bar in 1996.  After practicing with a labor and employment firm, she moved to corporate law as Secretary, VP & General Counsel for Childtime Learning Centers, one of the nation’s largest child care companies. Since leaving Childtime, she has continued as a sole practitioner and now maintains offices in Downtown Howell, specializing in Corporate Law & Business Transactions, Regulatory Law and Medical Marihuana Law.

As managing partner of Small Business Legal Services and Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan she represents small business and medical marihuana clients throughout Michigan.

Nickolas B. Galendez – Associate Attorney



Nickolas Brandon Galendez graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management.  In 2015, Mr. Galendez received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law where he was a member of the Michigan State Law Review and had an article on civil procedure/personal jurisdiction published in the Dartmouth Law Journal.  During law school, Mr. Galendez also gained valuable legal research and writing skills working as an extern for the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division, the Honorable Mark T. Boonstra of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Bridget Mary McCormack of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Mr. Galendez started working for Pollicella & Associates/Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan as an intern/law clerk in April 2014 and joined the firm as an Associate Attorney shortly after becoming a member of the Michigan Bar in November 2015.  Mr. Galendez specializes in Medical Marihuana Law, Land Use and Zoning, Municipal Law, and Corporate Law & Business Transactions.

 Travis J. Copenhaver – Associate Attorney


Travis J. Copenhaver holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Copenhaver joined the Michigan Bar in 2013. Mr. Copenhaver began his career practicing with a trademark law firm, prosecuting hundreds of Federal Trademark Applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Now with Pollicella & Associates/Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan, Mr. Copenhaver specializes in Corporate Law & Business Transactions, Regulatory Law and Medical Marihuana Law.


Diana Olesko – Of Counsel

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Diana Olesko is passionate about the law and medical marihuana, and brings a powerful combination of science and criminal defense to Pollicella & Associates.  Diana has a strong and successful history of criminal defense victories, aggressively defending clients from marijuana and other related controlled substances charges.  Uniquely, Diana is also a registered patent attorney, assisting clients with patent applications, as well as a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.

Diana has an in-depth and specialized understanding of the science involved with marijuana, forensics, and pharmaceuticals.  Diana earned an LLM in intellectual property and a professional science masters in chemical synthesis and material science.  Before attending law school, she worked in a pharmaceutical research laboratory.  When not representing clients, Diana teaches chemistry at South University and Mott Community College.  Before becoming a lawyer and a scientist, Diana served in the United States Navy.


Timothy Lessing – Of Counsel


Timothy Lessing, Esq., Trial Law & Criminal Defense Litigation

Mr. Lessing is the Senior Trial Attorney for the team and specializes almost exclusively in criminal and civil trial and litigation practice.   With countless trials over the course of his career, Mr. Lessing has earned the reputation as a ferocious advocate for his clients at both the trial and appellate levels.  He has been repeatedly recognized as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer for the State of Michigan by the American Society of Legal Advocates and by the National Trial Lawyers.  Mr. Lessing is also a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, which can only be accomplished by unsolicited invitation, and a peer review of trial experience and qualifications.  There are currently fewer than 150 lawyers in the State of Michigan who are members of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Mr. Lessing is a member of the bar in the following jurisdictions:  State Bar of Michigan, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.  While completing his Law Degree at Michigan State University, Mr. Lessing served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Rudy J. Nichols in the 6thCircuit Court for approximately three years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.