Partner, Chair of Cannabis Practice Group at McCarter & English, LLP
Guillermo focuses his practice on government affairs and complex litigation, including intellectual property.
As a registered Government Affairs Agent in New Jersey, Guillermo helps clients achieve their governmental, media, and business development objectives. As a former federal law clerk, Guillermo also provides local counsel expertise to clients involved in Hatch-Waxman and other complex litigation in the United States District Court of New Jersey.
Most recently, Guillermo served as Associate Counsel to Governor Philip D. Murphy, where he gained in-depth regulatory experience. Both emerging and seasoned companies in such industries as cannabis, cryptocurrency, renewable energy, and technology turn to Guillermo for guidance regarding shifting legal and public policy issues.
In Governor Murphy’s front office, Guillermo handled legislative initiatives, overseeing a portfolio of departments and agencies that included Treasury, Banking & Insurance, Transportation, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Motor Vehicle, and the Board of Public Utilities. Guillermo also handled appointments in Counsel’s Office and oversaw the Governor’s vetting process for judicial and prosecutorial candidates across the State.
Previously, Guillermo served as Corporate Counsel at Greenskies Renewable Energy, the largest commercial and industrial solar energy developer in the United States.
After law school, Guillermo served as a law clerk to the Honorable Esther Salas, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey.
During law school, Guillermo worked in the Intergovernmental Affairs Group of Governor Chris Christie, as the Governor’s Executive Fellow from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Enforcement actions in either the cryptocurrency or cannabis industry can come from a gamut of regulators such as FinCEN, SEC, CFTC, DOJ, and DEA. What is an enforcement action, how do you avoid one, and what do you do when you get one?