Lara L. DeCaro is a business attorney and mediator in San Francisco, focused primarily in highly-regulated industries including cannabis and banking. She has also represented event venues, entertainment providers, art galleries, authors, banks, recycling companies, investors, franchisors, an airport, and various small business owners. Whatever their industry, Lara takes pride in getting to know her clients and working with them from start-up to wind-up.
Lara is a co-founder, former executive officer, and current advisory board member of the International Cannabis Bar Association and currently Chairs the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section, where she generated the idea for the San Francisco Cannabis Equity Program pro bono panel to provide meaningful representation to social equity applicants. She is a published author and frequent speaker on various matters of cannabis business law, is a regular correspondent on Susan Soares' State of Cannabis News Hour on Clubhouse, and had the honor of appearing on the August 14, 2020, Weed Wonks podcast. Lara was also on the team that drafted the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) for Cannabis with Meadow (with the approval of YCombinator), an open source document intended to reduce costs of capital raises for California cannabis corporations.
Lara graduated with honors from both her undergraduate program at the University of Southern California and law school at Tulane, where she concentrated in International Environmental Policy and received a certificate in mediation in 1999 from the American Arbitration Association. She is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, and New Mexico (currently inactive).
Lara grew up on a horse ranch in a small ski valley town so enjoys a healthy passion for both environmental and social justice, which is reflected in the work she elects to pursue.