Speaker Bio


Marc Hauser

Marc Hauser

Counsel, Co-Vice Chair, Cannabis Practice Team, Reed Smith LLP

Marc Hauser is Counsel and Cannabis Practice Team Leader at Reed Smith LLP, a global law firm with over 1,600 lawyers worldwide. Nationally recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and his peers as one of the country’s leading Cannabis attorneys, Marc’s practice is focused on the Cannabis industry (non-hemp and hemp), providing sophisticated legal services to industry participants nationally, and helping companies build relationships, manage risk, and get business done in constantly-shifting regulatory environments.  His deep and broad base of connections throughout the industry gives him access to an extensive knowledge and skill set, benefitting clients and relationships.

Marc has 23 years of experience as a deal and capital markets lawyer, spending the bulk of his career as personal deal counsel for Sam Zell, a Forbes-listed billionaire and active investor in Chicago.  His current Cannabis industry clients include public and private single- and multi-state operators, market-leading ancillary businesses, investment banks and other financial services providers, lenders and real estate investment trusts, private equity funds and other investors, multinational CPG manufacturers, testing labs, cultivators, processors, and entrepreneurs. 

In addition, Marc provides perspectives on the cannabis industry through speaking engagements, being frequently quoted in trade and business publications, and his periodic newsletter, Cannabis Musings, which has delivered his unique take on industry activities since 2018.