Charles Bachtell is the co-founder and CEO of Cresco Labs, LLC — a medical cannabis operator with operations in six states. As an attorney by training, Charlie brings with him deep legal expertise in both corporate governance and complex regulatory compliance. This background helps to ensure that Cresco is an industry leader, setting new standards for a progressive, transparent and reputable medical cannabis community, all the while ensuring that Cresco is operating in a professional, secure and compliant manner.
Prior to Cresco Labs, Charlie served for 8 years as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Guaranteed Rate. During his tenure at Guaranteed Rate, Charlie established himself as one of the industry’s foremost authorities on regulatory affairs and compliance in one of the nation’s most heavily regulated industries.
Charlie also serves as an adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law teaching classes on the legal and regulatory matters existing in the emerging cannabis industry.
Charlie holds a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Arizona.