C3's dynamic team is ready to tackle your LCB trouble!
Sean Badgley, Managing Partner, is one of Washington's first, dedicated "cannattorneys" and focuses on Washington's emerging cannabis industry. He has practiced in the cannabis area in Washington since 2013, when implementation of I-502 first began.
A Colorado native, Sean holds an undergraduate degree in business economics from the University of Colorado. After working in the finance sector for about five years, Sean Graduated from Seattle University's School of Law.
Before moving, Sean held a medical marijuana card from the state of Colorado. Since his admission to practice in Washington, Sean has repeatedly and successfully defended clients against the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. (WSLCB)
Sean's practice area focuses in Administrative litigation against WSLCB including Administrative violations, license denials/cancellations, and other issues around cannabis licensure.
Sean's other primary focus is on licensing issues. WSLCB has a host of unwritten rules on dealing with cannabis, and Sean is familiar with these protocols, procedures, policies, and other unwritten rules. Sean advises clients on a host of licensing issues including advising them on the rules for how to disclose investors, acquire or sell licensed companies, or any of the other detail oriented necessities involved in a highly regulated cannabis business.
Corporate Governance and Civil Litigation
When Sean is not fighting for consistent state standards in the cannabis field, Sean assists clients with corporate structuring, and civil litigation.
He teaches seminars both for attorneys interested in cannabis topics for continuing legal education as well as for prospective business owners and others interested in Washington's cannabis experiment. Aside from his passion for cannabis laws Sean is a cannabis enthusiast who spends much of his time with his family and promoting the legalization process nationally.
Bonnie Fong, Partner, has been a part of the Washington cannabis industry since 2008. Prior to law school, Bonnie earned her Bachelor's Degree with honors from the University of Washington. Bonnie graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, where she completed three legal clinics and two externships, including a judicial externship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Bonnie's focus areas are cannabis compliance, liquor and beverage law, landlord and tenant issues, litigation, and administrative law.
Bonnie has been in the cannabis industry since 2008, when she began volunteering for Seattle drug policy reform groups such as Seattle Hempfest and Sensible Washington in leadership roles. Shortly after, she received cannabis education and training through various roles in cannabis retailers, producers and processors for over 6 years by the time she became an attorney. Armed with her knowledge of cannabis production, processing, sales, and management, Bonnie graduated law school and joined C3 Law Group.
Due to her deep knowledge of the cannabis trade, one of Bonnie's largest practice areas is cannabis compliance. Bonnie knows the cannabis regulations like the back of her hand due to her extensive knowledge of business operations in the cannabis industry. Whether clients face issues regarding traceability, inventory, recordkeeping, employee training, or labeling, Bonnie is always prepared to navigate through Washington's cannabis regulations.
Liquor and Beverage Law
Bonnie is experienced in handling liquor license violations and beverage law issues. She knowledgeable in representing owners of restaurants, bars, liquor beer and wine stores, and other hospitality related businesses. Businesses and clubs that have liquor licenses experience a unique set of problems that include obtaining permits and licenses from the Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board (WSLCB). Bonnie has successfully navigated the administrative regulations of the Liquor and Cannabis Board to obtain licenses as well as defend against license penalties and cancellations of licenses.
Landlord and Tenant Issues
Bonnie regularly assists clients in their landlord and tenant needs. She has won victories in court regarding unlawful detainer actions and disputes of lease agreements. Due to her experience in court, Bonnie is well equipped to meet your landlord and tenant needs including reviews of lease agreements, lease negotiations, commencing unlawful detainer actions, and enforcement of terms of lease agreements.
Bonnie has been a pro-bono attorney for the King County Housing Justice Project (HJP) since 2017. HJP is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible volunteer-based legal services for low-income tenants facing eviction in King County.
Bonnie's passions extend beyond advocacy and into popular Seattle pastimes- cycling around Lake Union, traveling, and practicing yoga. In her free time, Bonnie leads neighborhood beautification teams around Seattle and is a foster parent for the Seattle Animal Shelter's Foster Care Program.
Christian Ferrin, Associate Attorney, is a hardworking litigator who intertwines his passion for justice with a lifelong passion for marijuana. Chris believes the cannabis industry has been built by individuals and businesses fighting hard for fair treatment; he strives to be an attorney who embodies this spirit.
A native of Rochester, New York, Chris graduated from Nazareth College, cum laude with Honors, majoring in Communication and Rhetoric and minoring in Philosophy and Legal Studies. After graduating, he worked as a paralegal in a respected employment firm in Rochester and spent four months backpacking in Europe, attending the 2014 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam and experiencing the cannabis culture worldwide.
Chris moved to Seattle in 2015 and graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. While attending, Chris was a member of the Cannabis Law Society (CLAW), Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Seattle University Law Review Legal Journal. He was a recipient of the Pro Bono Pledge Award (100 hours of Pro Bono completed by graduation) and was a two-time CALI Excellence for the Future Award Recipient. He was also a two-time Alternate Dispute Resolution Competition winner, competing with his team on a regional basis in Client Counseling and Negotiations.
Chris has experience working on a variety of cannabis-related legal matters, including administrative appeals with the WSLCB, civil litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, trademark, and cannabis compliance. Chris also brings his understanding of employment law and marketing to find solutions that are innovative and practical for cutting-edge cannabis businesses.
Besides being a canna-enthusiast, Chris is also an avid dog and nature lover who often can be found at a park or hiking trail with his “legal beagle” Jax, border collie Murphy, and fiancé Jess.