Chirali V. Patel, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. Photo


Chirali V. Patel is an associate in the firm’s Cannabis & Hemp Law and Litigation practices.

Recognized on the InsiderNJ 2021 “Insider 100: Cannabis Power List” as an influential voice in the cannabis debate, Chirali started her journey in the cannabis industry through self-education and organic networking in legal states such as Colorado as early as 2016. Chirali went on to gain experience in facilitating vertical applications for medical cannabis licenses in New Jersey and in advising individuals on ancillary market opportunities. She 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 cannabis. Chirali is an Executive Board Member for the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Committee and is Co-Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Subcommittee. She is also a member of several industry organizations and speaks frequently on the topic in her professional and personal capacity.

Chirali’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. Chirali was also appointed as Liason Counsel in the multidistrict litigation In re Elmiron as part of one of the most arguably diverse plaintiff's steering committees.

Chirali 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. Chirali is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and is a Trustee for the South Asian Bar Association-NJ.

In Chirali's Words:

"With legalization of cannabis 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. Truly grateful to continue my journey at Pashman Stein with great people who do great work for our portfolio of clients."


Honors & Recognitions

  • NJ Cannabis Insider, "22 to Watch in '22"

  • InsiderNJ, “Insider 100: Cannabis Power List,” 2021
  • Green Market Report – Most Notable AAPI Leaders in Cannabis

The 22 to Watch in '22 list is issued by NJ Cannabis Insider. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

The Insider 100: Cannabis Power List is issued by Insider NJ. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

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Community & Professional

  • Trustee, South Asian Bar Association-NJ
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Committee New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee
  • Co-Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Social Justice and Equity Subcommittee

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


B.A., Rutgers University, 2011

J.D., Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2015


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