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Mahal Rufina Montoya

Mahal Rufina Montoya

Law Offices of Mahal Montoya
  • Civil Rights, Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • California
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Summary

Mahal is a civil rights lawyer with a sharp focus on cannabis law. She began her law practice in 2014, having spent the previous fourteen years as a law clerk, educator, and paralegal specialist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Her law practice integrates her passion for civil rights and her support for entrepreneurs. She spends her time counseling entrepreneurs about civil rights, business, and corporate law.

Mahal was born in Vallejo, and after a series of family tragedies enrolled herself in the tenth grade at Oakland Technical High School. She was legally emancipated as a minor the following spring. These childhood experiences inspired her to become an attorney and in her law practice, to work on family law issues.

While an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Mahal was a representative on the Ethnic Studies Fifth Account Committee. This experience taught Mahal the importance of working with entrepreneurs within a framework to achieve desired goals. Mahal is focused on mastering the cannabis regulatory process at the local, state, and federal levels to best serve her clients’ needs.

Mahal received a full academic scholarship to study law at the University of Iowa after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UC Berkeley. She was a graduate legal research assistant to Law Professor Adrien Wing with her work writing “Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader.” As a woman of color, Mahal has personally experienced implicit and explicit sexism and racism in academia, in the workplace, and in life. Her civil rights practice was born from an instinct to survive and navigate the white male patriarchy that is America.

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 299288
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Owner/Principal
Law Offices of Mahal Montoya
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Education
California State University - San Jose State University
M.S. (2010) | Library and Information Science
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University of Iowa
J.D. (2000) | Law
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University of California - Berkeley
B.A. (1997) | English
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Professional Associations
National Business Institute (NBI)
Faculty
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Activities: Seminar Presenter
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Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
Volunteer Attorney
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Activities: Landlord/Tenant and Family Law
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State Bar of California # 299288
Member
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California State University - San Jose State University
Alumni
- Current
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University of Iowa College of Law
Alumni
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University of California - Berkeley
Alumni
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Marijuana Law Top Challenges
NBI (National Business Institute)
Marijuana Business Law in California
NBI (National Business Institute)
Speaking Engagements
Marijuana Law Top Challenges, National Business Institute (NBI), Video Webcast
NBI
How confident are you in your abilities to handle top challenges concerning legalized marijuana? Attorneys, accountants, financial advisors and business owners need to be well-versed in how to overcome difficulties and issues surrounding cannabis laws, rules and regs before clients come knocking. In this essential guide, our experienced faculty will walk through issues, hidden dangers and complexities surrounding marijuana businesses, including property leasing, operational issues, taxation and more. Get the answers you need to field questions concerning legalized marijuana - order today! Course Content Difficulties in Navigating the Crossfire Between State Marijuana Laws and Federal Prohibition Remaining Compliant and Handling Enforcement Actions: Overcoming Current Challenges Advising Clients on the Top Challenges in Running a Marijuana Business Overcoming Difficulties in Property Leasing and Buying/Selling Real Estate Handling Current Legal Complexities Lawful Marijuana Users Face Medical Marijuana Business Taxation: Overcoming Current Difficulties Ethical Considerations for Practicing Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Law in California, National Business Institute (NBI), San Luis Obispo, CA
NBI
The legalization of marijuana has created business opportunities, but it has also created many questions and uncertainties for professionals advising businesses due to the position of the federal government. What are possible federal responses to legalized cannabis? What types of businesses does the law allow, and how does a potential business owner obtain a permit? When are you potentially violating federal law by merely assisting a client? Learn the answers to these questions and more - order today! Course Content Federal Responses to California Marijuana Law Banking and Financing for the Marijuana Industry Marijuana Businesses Law in California Obtaining a California Cannabis Business License Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Packaging and Testing Valuation Issues as Related to Dispensaries California Marijuana Taxation: The Latest Rules Ethics
Recreational Marijuana Business Law in California, National Business Institute (NBI), Fresno, CA
NBI
Recent legislation and initiatives are paving the way for many new business opportunities in the cannabis industry. It has also created many questions and uncertainties for professionals advising these new businesses due to the position of the federal government. What are possible federal responses to legalized cannabis? What types of businesses does the law allow, and how does a potential business owner obtain a permit? When are you potentially violating federal law by merely assisting a client? Learn the answers to these questions and more - order today! Course Content Federal Responses to California Marijuana Law California Marijuana Taxation: The Latest Rules Recreational Marijuana Businesses Law in California Obtaining a California Cannabis Business License Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Packaging and Testing Banking and Financing for the Marijuana Industry Ethics
Cannabis Business Law in California, National Business Institute (NBI), San Jose, CA
NBI
Recent legislation and initiatives are paving the way for many new business opportunities in the cannabis industry. It has also created many questions and uncertainties for professionals advising these new businesses due to the position of the federal government. What are possible federal responses to legalized cannabis? What types of businesses does the law allow, and how does a potential business owner obtain a permit? When are you potentially violating federal law by merely assisting a client? Learn the answers to these questions and more - order today! Course Content Ethics Federal Responses to California Cannabis Law Recreational Cannabis Businesses Law in California Obtaining a California Cannabis Business License Legal Best Practices for Cannabis Product Packaging and Testing California Cannabis Taxation: The Latest Rules
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Oakland, CA 94606
USA
Telephone: (510) 328-1018
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