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Stephanie R. Schuman

Stephanie R. Schuman

Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Leaf Legal, P.C.
New York, NY
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About Stephanie R. Schuman

Attorney Biography

Stephanie is licensed in Washington D.C., New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Stephanie began her career at the Innocence Project (IP) of New York under Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. In 2014, she was honored at the IP's fall benefit. Some are surprised to learn that she received the IP's Advocate for Justice Award so early in her career, but for those who know her well, the reason is obvious; Stephanie's passion for the cause was so strong that she simply chose to go above and beyond her call of duty. In addition to her legal work, Stephanie raised both funds and awareness for the cause via her relentless pursuit of perfection as Co-Chair of the IP's Young Professionals Committee.

"Clients love Stephanie because she's passionate, knows their cases cold, and gets things done..."--Vanessa Potkin, Innocence Project, Director of Post-Conviction Litigation

Stephanie is proud of her criminal defense work, but it is her prior experience in the highly-regulated alcohol industry that gives Stephanie an edge over many other lawyers practicing cannabis law today. She was instrumental in launching a liquor brand that is currently thriving far beyond expectations, having single-handedly raised the majority of the capital used to launch the company. Stephanie participated in all aspects of the brand's business development while sitting on its board. Stephanie's keen understanding of what it takes to launch a company—from initial inception, to early-stage funding, to success in the marketplace—no doubt serves her current clients well.

Further, Stephanie is the founder and principal attorney of Leaf Legal, P.C., one of the nation's first full-service cannabis-only firms. An avid poker player, Stephanie tends to go all-in. Her firm focuses on all aspects of canna-business, including business formation, licensing, regulatory compliance, risk evaluation, intellectual property, land use, and corporate transactions. Counsel to a number of accredited cannabis investors, Ms. Schuman has a perfect record in winning her clients' claims, including against well-known, multi-billion dollar, publicly traded companies.

Practice Areas

Marijuana Law (50%)
Criminal Defense (50%)

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Bar Licenses

New York State Bar
New York
Member in Good Standing

District of Columbia State Bar
District of Columbia
Member in Good Standing

Connecticut State Bar
Member in Good Standing

New Jersey State Bar
New Jersey
Member in Good Standing

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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lifetime Member
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Awards & Honors

Advocate for Justice
Innocence Project of New York

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Recognized for Community Leadership
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Recognized for Professional Involvement
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Contact Stephanie R. Schuman

Stephanie R. Schuman
Leaf Legal, P.C.
24 East 21st Street #4
New York, NY 10010
Office: 212-933-2420

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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.

NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.