Megan Walsh

  • Owner
  • Oakland, CA, 94611, US
  • Jan 19, 2021
Full time role, Part time role, Contract position Attorney Biology

Personal Summary

Hello there!  I am Megan - a transactional attorney and former biologist with a focus in environment, water, and cannabis law in California.  I am seeking a position with a fast paced, mission driven company with confident leadership and a good sense of humor.  I have spent the last few years as ad hoc general counsel in finance, tech, and cannabis startups but would like to pivot to a team working to fight climate change.

If you see potential connections in my LinkedIn profile please reach out.  I am happy to make introductions. 

Work Experience


Legal entrepreneur focused on general counsel, compliance, and financial due diligence. Applies subject matter experience in funding, environment, land use, and water law to guide operators through the legal startup process. Uses skills in compliance and administrative defense to limit ongoing risk to businesses. Hard skills: research, advocacy, drafting, negotiation, execution
● Contract general counsel to technology startup including formation, advisory agreements, and licensing
● Contract general counsel to financial startup including formation documentation, led negotiations on venture capital funding
● Lead commercial contracting and compliance review for cannabis companies including leases, permit applications, water registrations, and LSAA notifications
● Developed and presented "Preparing for the Transition from Carrot to Stick", an educational proposal for handing legal enforcement in the cultivator community

Director of Regulatory Affairs
Nov 2017 - Aug 2018 CBD PROFESSIONALS

Provided regulatory counsel and assessment of the nascent commercial cannabis industry in California. Subject matter expert in water, land use, environmental, and hazardous waste.
● 90% acceptance of local cannabis applications
● Achieved full permitting for retail and cultivation permits and licenses
● Execution of cannabis-related leases, operating agreements, business formations, and corporate conversions

Dec 2010 - Nov 2017 Law Office of Megan Walsh

Focused on environmental, hazardous waste, and water law. Provided critical business support on immediate timescales. Freelance supported in a wide-range of areas: litigation, contract law, employment law, environmental law, water law, and trust administration. Led academic exploration of environmental metrics for measuring impacts and risks of business.

Attorney, Environmental Practice Group
Jan 2009 - Dec 2010 CHEVRON U.S.A. INC

Responsible for the negotiation and settlement of contracts for access, cost-sharing, indemnification, remediation and reimbursement as part of the Environmental Practice Group. Provided extensive client counseling relating to business and legal matters. Supported business positioning with regards to water law and corporate processes.
● Accelerated pace of contract execution while meeting client objectives for time and cost
● Directly managed team caseload for environmental claims and projects at company retail and marketing properties


Juris Doctor - Int. Environmental Law & Water Law
Bachelor of Science - Biology

Software Languages & Skills


Experience Level

15+ years

Sectors of expertise

Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy, Land Use, Advocacy or Policy, Venture Capital

Sectors of Interest

Advocacy or Policy, Climate Adaptation, Climate Finance, Climate Venture Capital

Are you currently working in climate?


Are you interested in being involved in a Climatebase mentorship program? If so, how would you like to participate? (As a mentor VS as a mentee)

Yes, I am interested as a mentee

Where are you in your climate journey?

I am looking for a climate job

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