Denise A. Pollicella

Denise A. Pollicella

Esq., Founder & Managing Partner, Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan

Practice Areas

  • Business Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Licensing & Regulatory Law
  • Labor & Employment

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Marihuana Law Section, Property & Zoning Co-Chair
  • Business Law Section
  • Contributor, Culture Magazine

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Wayne State Law, Denise Pollicella’s 21 years of private and corporate practice have focused on Business Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, Regulatory & Licensing, and Corporate Law.  Managing Partner of Pollicella & Associates, PLLC, she founded Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan in 2009 to advance marihuana law in Michigan.

Ms. Pollicella was involved in the crafting of the legislation that is now PA 281 of 2016, the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, and has been a strong advocate for patients, caregivers and emerging canna-businesses for nearly a decade.  In addition to regularly writing, speaking and educating on the Michigan’s rapidly developing marihuana laws, she continues to be at the forefront of developing cannabis policy and regulation at both the state and municipal levels.

Ms. Pollicella is an inaugural member of the Michigan State Bar Marihuana Law Section, and is a member of the Business Law and Labor & Employment Law Sections.  She serves on the Small Business Administration’s Marihuana Task Force, as well as the on the Legal Advisory Board of MiCompassion, a charitable organization focused on medical cannabis education and research.  She has been a Legal Corner contributor to Culture Magazine since January 2013, and currently serves as legal counsel to the Michigan Cannabis Development Association, which she helped found in 2014.

Ms. Pollicella was recently honored to be named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Women in the Law, and has been named one of American’s Top Lawyers by the American Law Society.

Ms. Pollicella holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Political Science and French, and worked in the US Senate prior to attending law school.  She then served as Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel for Childtime Learning Centers before departing for her most important job, mom to two beautiful children.  She started her own Livingston County practice in 2003, where she resides with her family.