About

Roots in the Movement

History

James Anthony had the distinction of running the first law office in the state that specialized in medical cannabis collective land use law. His early experience as Oakland Deputy City Attorney and as a drug policy activist made him ideally suited to break ground in this emerging area of law.

Over 10 years later, the cannabis movement is becoming an industry--one that requires expertise in land use, complex regulatory issues, commercial law, and political strategy. Now a burgeoning office of attorneys, public policy professionals, and organizers, the Law Office of James Anthony assists cannabis organizations to stay compliant with state and local laws and compete in the new cannabis economy.

 

 

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The Team

 
 

PRINCIPAL

James Anthony

James is a long-time, leading lawyer and political strategist in California medical cannabis permitting, land use, and local government. In The Cannabis Manifesto, Steve DeAngelo calls James a, “Brilliant strategist and steadfast advocate, without whom Harborside might never have been licensed.” 

Since January 2006, James has worked exclusively in Cannabis Law, Policy, and Political Consulting—focusing primarily on California local government. Before that he was a zoning prosecutor for the City of Oakland (based on which he served on the Board of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). He has worked with all the major dispensaries in Northern California, and has written dozens of winning applications for cannabis business permits and licenses throughout the state. 

James has been a sporadic and unfaithful student and practitioner of zen koan meditation for 34 years. He is unsure what he wants to be when he grows up, but he guesses this is probably it. His brain chemistry was significantly altered on August 20, 2000 at the birth of his daughter and has remained so ever since.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Managing Attorney

Christina Sava

Christina is Managing Attorney at LOJA. She helps clients understand the regulatory process, create thorough and professional permit applications, and bring their businesses into compliance so that they can compete in the new cannabis economy. Christina also oversees office procedures, ensuring smooth internal operations and the most effective and creative assistance possible for our clients.

Christina graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law. While at UM Law, she apprenticed in the nation’s only robust Mindfulness in Law program, and continues to teach the personal and professional benefits of Mindfulness practice to lawyers around the country. Christina supports her own sanity with a regular meditation and yoga practice, and finds solace by the ocean as often as possible. 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Senior ASSOCIATE Attorney

Drew Miller

Drew Miller is Senior Associate Attorney and the firm's expert on entity formation, strategic planning and government relations. His work is helping to shape government policy, structure compliant businesses, and get clients licensed.

Drew is a long-time public policy strategist on issues affecting regulated businesses, having spent 10 years in Washington, DC working on regulatory policy at the state, federal and international levels. He has held multiple government affairs roles inside and outside of government and, immediately prior to joining LOJA, he led a series of U.S. Government projects to improve business environments in Asia and the Middle East. Drew graduated from The George Washington University Law School and is licensed to practice law in New York and California.

10 years in D.C. was more than Drew could take, so he and his wife made a break for the Bay Area for fewer suits and awkward surfing. 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Business manager

Zoe Schreiber

Zoe Schreiber joined the Law Offices’ team in January 2014 after graduating from Mills College and now serves as Project Manager. She oversees the firm’s operations and manages client projects in coordination with the Managing Attorney.

She founded a Student for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter in 2010 while at Mills College and has continued to fight for the end of the draconian War on Drugs. Bringing her community organizing roots to the firm, she has worked to help organize cannabis community groups to incite positive change through local political and community engagement. She currently functions as Acting Secretary to the Oakland Diversity and Equity Cannabis Coalition (OakDECC), helping to move the organization towards the goal of creating a model equity program in the City of Oakland that ensures those most harmed by the War on Drugs are not left behind as the industry emerges.

Zoe deeply believes in the healing aspects of cannabis and exploring terpenes and lesser known cannabinoids. She believes that full plant legislation and availability is necessary across the country for full and true medical access. Being a teacher at heart, Zoe helps other medical cannabis patients learn about the plant and navigate the various forms and consumption methods to find what suits their needs.

Outside of work, Zoe can be found doing an assortment of activities related to parrots, including serving as Secretary/Treasurer on a non-profit parrot rescue and education organization’s board, training through positive reinforcement methods, and enjoying her ever growing flock. 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Office Manager

Hannah Young

Hannah Young is a paralegal with an associate degree in paralegal studies and six years’ experience supporting attorneys and their clients in a variety of civil practice areas. 

Hannah joined our team as Office Manager in October 2016. She works to ensure the ongoing organization and efficiency of our team by developing, implementing and maintaining office processes and schedules. She also acts as our client liaison and provides general support to our Project Managers and Attorneys.

Eliminating the stressful legal obstacles and easing the stress that clients face as they deal with times of growth and transition is what drives her. All inquiries concerning scheduling or inquiries from potential clients should be directed to Hannah. 

 
 

 
 
 

Policy Analyst & Senior Mapping Technician

Elizabeth Welsh

Elizabeth Welsh (Liza) is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Mills College with a focus on the intersection between cannabis and planning. Liza enjoys creating order out of chaos and making peoples' dreams come true. As a Policy Analyst and Sr. Mapping Technician, she provides clients with complex zoning and property analysis, and informs the firm's public policy efforts to educate lawmakers on the effects of varying land use and zoning policies. 

When she isn’t scouring Planning Codes for information about zoning and land use, advocating for equitable cannabis policies in Oakland as part of the Oakland Diversity and Equity Cannabis Coalition (OakDECC), or working in her own garden, Liza contracts as a waste reduction expert with various events and community groups from Burning Man to the Women's March to the Oakland Art and Soul Festival. An Oakland resident with roots in Sacramento and Humboldt County, she is enthusiastic about all things cannabis, but prefers buzzy sativas with ample lemon terpenes.