Kevin Washburn is a Member of the Business Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group at McDonald Hopkins and serves as the head of the firm’s Cannabis industry practice. He has over 20 years of industry-agnostic experience leading both buyers and sellers through the entire transactional process and advising on the multitude of legal issues that can arise along the way.  

As a trusted advisor of cannabis clients, Kevin assists clients in a broad range of matters from formation and governance to licensing and strategic partnership to compliance and IP protection.

Kevin has extensive experience serving as outside general counsel to startup and high-growth companies in a variety of industries, serving as a trusted advisor and strategist to top executives and handling a broad array of business matters including business formations, drafting and negotiation of operating, shareholder and buy-sell agreements, drafting company policies and procedures, and advising on succession planning, for clients ranging from small private companies to publicly traded entities. His practice also includes a focus on business counseling, corporate structure and governance, corporate finance, and general commercial and real estate transactions.

Kevin represents clients in a broad range of industries, with specific experience and expertise in cannabis, healthcare, esports, real estate, emerging technologies, food and beverage, and automotive and manufacturing,

Kevin earned his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University.



Michigan State University College of Law

Grand Valley State University

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Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

First Tee – Greater Detroit, Board Member

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, President of the Board of Directors (2008-2009); Board Member (2005-2009)

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