Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP partner Christine Masse has been selected as one of the top national influencers by The Business Journals, the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States. Masse was selected as one of the top 100 most influential law executives in the country (and one of only six influencers in the Pacific Northwest) by editors and staff writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications, including the Portland Business Journal and Puget Sound Business Journal.
The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law are described as “executives who are driving business for their employers, and for their clients, in cities across the country.”
Masse is recognized in part for leading Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s tribal team, offering counsel to Native American tribes across the Northwest, and for representing companies in the fast-growing cannabis sector.
“Chris is an innovative and skilled attorney who consistently achieves results for our clients,” said Kieran Curley, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s managing partner. “She was the driver of our firms’ expansion into serving the legal cannabis industry and had a pivotal role in writing important first-in-the-nation cannabis legislation, regulations, and tribal compacts in Washington.”
About Christine Masse
Masse leads the firm’s government and regulatory affairs practice group and specializes in representing businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory, and public policy needs.
She leads the firm’s tribal team, providing counsel to Northwest Native American tribes and organizations on gaming, regulatory, real property, construction, financing, tax, liquor, cannabis, and economic development issues. Masse also leads the firm’s cannabis industry team that assists clients with business formation, license application and updates, general business operations and contracting, regulatory compliance, tax planning, administrative violations, business disputes, and acquisition, sale, divestiture, and dissolution—all within the unique context of a licensed cannabis company.
She maintains a practice before the Washington State Gambling Commission relating to licensing issues and the approval and ongoing regulatory oversight of casino properties and before the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board on liquor and cannabis matters.
Masse is a strong supporter of women entrepreneurs and heads the firm’s partnership with the Portland, Oregon-based Initiative, the highly touted accelerator program for women-founded cannabis companies.