Pashman Stein Walder Hayden announced today that Chirali V. Patel has joined the firm as an associate in the firm's Cannabis & Hemp Law practice and Litigation practice as of May 24, 2021.
“We are thrilled to have Chirali as part of our team,” said Sean Mack, Co-Chair of the Cannabis & Hemp Law practice and of the Litigation practice at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden. “Chirali’s experience in the cannabis industry brings additional strengths to our group and enhances our reputation as one of the preeminent cannabis and hemp law practice in New Jersey. Deepening our litigation bench with the addition of Chirali’s class action experience is a tremendous asset to our clients and firm.”
Patel started her journey in the cannabis industry through self-education and organic networking in legal states such as Colorado as early as 2016. She went on to gain experience in facilitating vertical applications for medical cannabis licenses in New Jersey and in advising individuals on ancillary market opportunities. Patel is also an advocate in the community and was the South Asian liaison for NJ CAN 2020, the successful “vote yes” campaign led by the ACLU-NJ to legalize adult-use, for which Pashman Stein Walder Hayden served as pro bono counsel. Patel is an Executive Board Member for the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Committee and is a member of its Legislative Subcommittee. She is also a member of several industry organizations and speaks frequently on the topic in her professional and personal capacity. In 2021, Patel was named by the Green Market Report as one of Cannabis’ Most Notable AAPI Leaders.
“I am excited to have found a home at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden where I can grow alongside the evolving Cannabis & Hemp Law practice,” said Patel. “With legalization and decriminalization behind us in New Jersey, the real work begins to ensure an equitable marketplace with opportunities for all. I am fortunate to be at Pashman Stein where I can assist entrepreneurs of all sizes with the support of a stellar team. I am also honored to be a part of the powerful litigation practice where I can continue to enhance my advocacy skills.”
Patel’s litigation practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, including business torts and civil RICO claims against Fortune 500 companies, and complex class actions and mass tort litigation against pharmaceutical drug companies and automobile manufacturers.
She devoted the early years of her career to serving the public, previously working for the County of Bergen as assistant county counsel, for the City of Hoboken as assistant corporation counsel and assistant prosecutor, and for the County of Passaic as a legal associate.
Patel is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and is a Trustee for the South Asian Bar Association-NJ. She earned her J.D. from Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2015 and her B.A. from Rutgers University in 2011. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.