Primary Industries

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California

Professional Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association (co-founder of the cannabis section)


University of California, Davis, B.A.

University of California, Berkeley, JD

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Alexander J. Freedman

Of Counsel
Los Angeles
T: 310.299.5500
F: 310.299.5600

Alex Freedman is of counsel in M&R's Los Angeles office. A cannabis industry insider, Alex was formerly General Counsel to the L.A. Department of Cannabis Regulation and the L.A. Cannabis Regulation Commission. In that role, he was principal legal advisor to the city on all cannabis-related regulatory matters.

Having drafted L.A.’s cannabis licensing ordinances and regulations and guided the launch of the largest municipal commercial cannabis regulatory and licensing program in the world, Alex has played a major role in the historic cannabis legalization movement in L.A. and has come to be recognized as one of the leading authorities on cannabis policy in California. That is the background and know-how he brings to M&R’s robust cannabis practice group.

In addition to his position with the firm, Alex is founder of Freedman Strategic Consulting LLC—a non-legal consultancy company. In that capacity, he relies on the unparalleled experience gained as one of the key regulators of the most important cannabis market in the world to help clients navigate the ever-changing cannabis regulatory landscape in L.A. and beyond. In particular, Alex provides his clients the unique and nuanced advice only a former regulator can offer on the risks and opportunities in increasingly complex and fragmented licensed cannabis markets.