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Mahal Rufina Montoya

415-741-9028
Mahal  Montoya
Law Offices of Mahal Montoya
Mahal Montoya, Esq. 45 Embarcadero Cove
Oakland, CA 94606
www.mahalmontoya.com
Phone: 415-741-9028
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Mahal Rufina Montoya

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About Mahal Rufina Montoya

Mahal is a civil rights lawyer with a sharp focus on cannabis law.  She began her law practice in 2014, having spent the previous fourteen years as a law clerk, educator, and paralegal specialist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Her law practice integrates her passion for civil rights and her support for entrepreneurs.  She spends her time counseling entrepreneurs about civil r... read more »

Biography

Mahal is a civil rights lawyer with a sharp focus on cannabis law.  She began her law practice in 2014, having spent the previous fourteen years as a law clerk, educator, and paralegal specialist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Her law practice integrates her passion for civil rights and her support for entrepreneurs.  She spends her time counseling entrepreneurs about civil rights, business, and corporate law.

Mahal was born in Vallejo, and after a series of family tragedies enrolled herself in the tenth grade at Oakland Technical High School.  She was legally emancipated as a minor the following spring.  These childhood experiences inspired her to become an attorney and in her law practice, to work on family law issues.

While an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Mahal was a representative on the Ethnic Studies Fifth Account Committee.  This experience taught Mahal the importance of working with entrepreneurs within a framework to achieve desired goals.  Mahal is focused on mastering the cannabis regulatory process at the local, state, and federal levels to best serve her clients’ needs.

Mahal received a full academic scholarship to study law at the University of Iowa after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UC Berkeley.  She was a graduate legal research assistant to Law Professor Adrien Wing with her work writing “Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader.” As a woman of color, Mahal has personally experienced implicit and explicit sexism and racism in academia, in the workplace, and in life.  Her civil rights practice was born from an instinct to survive and navigate the white male patriarchy that is America.  

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Mahal Rufina Montoya -
Law Offices of Mahal Montoya
Mahal Montoya, Esq. 45 Embarcadero Cove
Oakland, CA 94606
www.mahalmontoya.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 415-741-9028

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Business Law50.00%
Tax Law50.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
California Member in Good Standing 2014

Work Experience

Position Duration
Attorney and Counselor at Law 2014 – present

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
San Jose State University School of Information Library and Information Science Master of LIS 2010
University of Iowa College of Law Law Juris Doctor 2000
University of California at Berkeley English Bachelor of Arts 1997

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Member National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 2016 – present
NORML Marijuana Business Section present

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