Justin M. Brandt


Justin Brandt is a founding partner of Bianchi & Brandt and an award-winning business attorney who has been representing clients in the cannabis industry for almost a decade. He has a deep understanding of the cannabis industry, its key players, and its complex regulatory landscape. Justin represents a diverse range of clients, including multistate cannabis operators (MSOs), dispensaries, cultivation and processing operators, and other cannabis-related businesses. And his extensive experience helping clients navigate the intricate nuances of the cannabis industry has enabled him to establish trusted relationships with regulators.

In tandem with his cannabis-sector expertise, Justin is a leading industry and policy expert in the emerging and highly regulated psychedelics arena. As society embraces some of these formally criminalized substances, he assists clients with various commercial endeavors within this evolving landscape. Justin recently discussed the similarities and differences surrounding the psychedelics and cannabis industries, and their respective futures, as a speaker on the 2023 South by Southwest (SXSW) panel Cannabis and Psychedelics: Where the Parallels Align and Diverge.

Justin also routinely serves as outside general counsel for various businesses nationwide. Leveraging his background in business economics and accounting, he guides clients through a variety of business issues with legal implications, approaching each situation with a comprehensive corporate perspective.

Justin’s experience working in the cannabis industry places him at the forefront of thought leadership, and he frequently shares his expertise on legal and business challenges in this evolving market. Justin has been featured in numerous media outlets including MJBizMagazine, Cannabis Business Times, Forbes, Politico, Marijuana Venture, Cannabis Industry Journal, mg Magazine, Arizona Attorney Magazine, The Denver Post, The Arizona Republic, AZBusiness Magazine, and Phoenix Business Journal. He has also been named a 40 Under 40 winner by both Marijuana Venture and Phoenix Business Journal, receiving notable recognition as a cannabis attorney and business leader.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. in Business Economics and Accounting
  • University of Arizona, The Business of Cannabis, Certificate of Completion

Bar + Court Admissions

  • Arizona State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • New Mexico State Bar (inactive)
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Working with Justin M. Brandt

  • Justin works hard to establish and cultivate lasting relationships with clients built on trust, respect, thoughtfulness, and a dedicated sense of immediacy.
  • He represents clients throughout all stages of litigation, handling a variety of business and corporate transactions, and advising clients on various day-to-day issues surrounding their business operations and compliance.

Community Involvement

  • Editorial Board, Maricopa Lawyer, MCBA Publication (2015-2019)
  • Men’s Art Council, Phoenix Art Museum (2015–2018)
  • St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix, AZ (2016-2020)
  • Valley Leadership Institute, Class 41

Outside Interests & Activities

  • Golf
  • Dirt biking
  • Travel
  • Spending time with family outdoors