Todd Winter was one of the first attorneys to embrace the cannabis industry and provide legal services to cannabis businesses in California. He has been representing clients in the cannabis industry in the western U.S. since 2008 through WINTER LLP’s offices in Orange County, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Todd is also one of the original founding members of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and currently is Chair Emeritus of the NCIA’s Manufactured Products Committee, which is focused on standardization and safety of cannabis products, nationwide.
Over the last 12 years, Todd has become known as one of the pioneers of the legal cannabis industry with his vast knowledge and expertise in corporate structures, real estate/regulatory, and intellectual property, specifically cannabis trademarks. He represents some of the largest brands in the industry today across all industry license types: manufacturers, ingestible companies, indoor and outdoor cultivators, processors, retailers, distributors, and technology companies in the cannabis industry.
As part of Mr. Winter’s ongoing representation of clients in the cannabis industry, a large portion of his days are spent advising clients on operational, compliance, and general business needs. In fact, Todd is often relied on as much for his cannabis business and operational expertise, as he is for his legal knowledge
In addition to his role as a legal and business expert in cannabis, Todd is also a licensed real estate broker through his separate real estate company, WINTER REALTY, which focusses on helping to locate and acquire cannabis compliant commercial properties all throughout California. He has helped clients acquire over $30M worth of properly zoned commercial properties all throughout California since 2017.
Prior to founding WINTER LLP, Mr. Winter served as General Counsel to Kittrich Corporation for seven years at its worldwide headquarters in Southern California. Kittrich is a multi-national privately held consumer-products company with offices located throughout the U.S., Canada, China and Hong Kong and has over 500 employees.
Todd earned his B.A. in Economics, with Minors in Japanese and Marketing from the University of Iowa in 1993. Shortly thereafter he started his first career in the high-tech software industry. During the mid-90’s, he worked for two international (Israel and UK) software companies until he ultimately landed in California where he worked as the Western Regional Manager N.A. for a Belgian software and hardware manufacturer in the printing and packaging industry. Todd worked in this capacity prior to and during law school at Chapman University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in December 2003. Mr. Winter was admitted to the California Bar in June of 2004, and the Arizona Bar in May 2005.