National labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLP is pleased to announce the launch of a new practice area focused on cannabis and employee substance abuse law. The new practice area will be led by co-chairs, Keya Denner (Northern New Jersey) and Ashley Orler (Chicago).

“Cannabis and employee substance abuse law are two areas of increasing concern to employers,” said Neil Wasser, chair of Constangy’s executive committee. “Our practice group will help clients navigate this complex, ever-changing area of law and will be an excellent resource to ensure they’re staying up-to-date on the latest regulations.”

Although cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, a majority of U.S. states have passed laws permitting the manufacture, distribution and use of medical and recreational cannabis. Now, a number of these jurisdictions are also providing workplace protections for employees who use cannabis outside of work. This sea change presents major challenges for employers both large and small, and the difficulty is compounded by a lack of uniformity in these new laws.

The practice group will provide counsel to employers on a number of related areas to cannabis law including wage and hour concerns, qualified retirement plans, union and labor relations, pre-employment inquiries, workplace policies, corporate immigration, workers’ compensation issues and coverage, and much more.

“Our team has significant experience assisting clients in various industries on this area of law,” said Denner. “With the state and federal regulations relating to cannabis evolving quickly, our attorneys provide comprehensive coverage throughout the United States to help employers with the nuances of these laws,” says Orler.

For more information on the new practice area, click here.


About Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete offers a wider lens on workplace law. We have counseled employers exclusively since 1946. With offices in 21 states, we are one of the largest labor and employment law practices in the U.S. Constangy has been named as a top firm for women and minorities by organizations including Working Mother Magazine, Law360, the National Law Journal and Many of our more than 200 attorneys have been recognized by leading authorities such as Chambers USA®, The Best Lawyers in America® and Martindale- Hubbell. Find out more about us online at or follow us on Twitter @ConstangyLaw.

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