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  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1975


  • University of San Francisco School of Law Board of Governors
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Arthur E. Cirulnick


Art Cirulnick is a member of the firm's business, corporate finance, and securities practices. With an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters, he represents domestic and international clients in a wide array of industries that pursue aggressive acquisition programs. Art maintains a special concentration in emerging growth companies in the technology, e-commerce, telecommunications, regulated substances, and government contracts fields. In accordance with applicable state law, Art also advises clients on the general business issues related to investing, transacting, raising capital, and operating in the cannabis industry.

Art counsels clients on their day-to-day and long-term business issues and transactions, including equity formation and planning; equity and debt financing from venture capitalists, commercial lenders, and private investors; key employee incentive compensation arrangements; acquisitions and dispositions of businesses; and joint ventures. Art is an adviser to many management teams in connection with structuring and implementing their M&A strategies and has been lead counsel on approximately 300 M&A transactions.

In addition to his experience as a general business lawyer, Art offers his clients a broad tax background. He attended the Masters of Taxation program at New York University.

Representative Clients

Represented the acquirer of approximately $4 billion of spectrum from the FCC.

Represented the leading banking and payment solutions company in the United States in the cannabis space.

Represented the founder of one of the largest cannabis dispensaries in the United States.

Represented a major DC-based government contractor and handled the entirety of its mergers and acquisitions work.

Represented the developer of a major shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip.

Represented a DC-based venture capital company with respect to its investments in portfolio companies.


Art has taught business planning as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University National Law Center. He has written numerous materials for inclusion in American Law Institute-American Bar Association publications, and has authored a chapter entitled "Shareholders Agreements," published by Wiley Law Publications as part of its Negotiating Business Transactions text. Art presented a program on "Strategic Planning for the Closely Held Business - Where to Go Beyond Bank Debt and Internal Growth" at the 48th Annual William and Mary School of Law Tax Conference in the fall of 2002.