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The difference between a successful cannabis company and an unsuccessful one will come down to planning. As with any business, one focused on cannabis needs planning—in fact—more planning is needed than for many typical new cannabis businesses. Part of that planning is securing your legal team. Let the CaliCannabisAttorney and his team help you plan, execute, and grow.
Hi. I’m Eric Proos. I’m a Detroit area native, who is a private practice attorney in beautiful Los Angeles. I focus on business transactional and litigation, with an area of expertise representing the cannabis industry. You might wonder how I got into this industry. Well, it all started when I was a law clerk at the Michigan Attorney General’s Criminal Division learning what enforcement agencies were evaluating when looking at the medical marijuana industry.
A bit more about my background, I received a B.S., cum laude, in political science, with a double minor in economics and legal studies on a partial academic scholarship from Central Michigan University. I then went on to attend the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where I graduated in the top 23% of my class. During law school, I also advised on strategy and theme in a state representative campaign.
Days after graduation from law school, I packed up my life and moved to San Diego where I was hired as a Post J.D. law clerk at a plaintiff’s securities law firm. After successfully passing the California State Bar Exam on the first attempt, I began working at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program family law clinic, and the San Diego County Corporation Counsel.
In 2014, I made the move from San Diego to LA, where I gained experience working with large and small businesses and individuals. Today, my experience ranges from politics and municipalities, to the private sector where I’ve provided a wide range of services to the cannabis industry—an industry that desperately needs well-versed business attorneys.
When I’m not working, you can find listening to a podcast as I hike Runyon Canyon each morning with my black lab, or enjoying the California sunshine doing any number of outdoor activities, especially golf, one of my favorite pastimes.
A Bay Area native [and sixth generation Northern Californian], Benjamin Sternberg is an attorney in private practice in Century City, specializing in general litigation, Federal and State criminal defense, and family law. Ben served for several years as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County Superior Court, being the youngest lawyer to be asked to sit while serving on then-Governor Schwarzenegger’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Ben received his undergraduate degree in political science and economics at the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. Ben also earned a degree from the University of Houston Law School through their international law program in Mexico City at the Universidad de Panamericana.
Prior to law school, Ben worked as an assistant in the Presidential scheduling office of the Clinton White House, was an advisor to several senatorial campaigns, fundraised for the Democratic National Committee, lobbied for pharmaceutical companies, and was the Chief of Staff to a member of the Arizona State Legislature. Ben also was the deputy campaign director for a successful Los Angeles City Council race.
Prior to becoming an associate and then a partner in two separate Beverly Hills law firms, Ben worked for both Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Offices, concentrating his prosecutions on the criminal street gangs of Los Angeles.
Ben is a founding member of AIPAC’s young leadership in Los Angeles, a member of the Young Men’s Division of the Guardians for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, received the honor of 2008 “Man of the Year” award from Israel Cancer Research Fund’s young leadership group, Visions, and co-created and sat on the Board of Angela’s Angels which is a California not-for-profit that provides electronic medical and entertainment items to pediatric wards of hospitals throughout Southern California. In 2006, Ben was honored with a lifetime commission from the Governor of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel, and in 2014, Ben was appointed Vice-President of Temple B’Nai Hayim in Sherman Oaks, California. Ben also has provided service to “Reading for Kids”, SOVA food bank, the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association, the Department of Parks and Recreation for Los Angeles, and has signed on to start work with the American Association of Missing Children.