Marc J. Ross is a founding partner of Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP, formerly known as Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP, a firm he started in 1998 which specializes in corporate, securities, litigation and regulatory matters.
In the securities and corporate area, Mr. Ross advises companies with their 1934 Act reporting requirements as well as their NASDAQ, AMEX and NYSE and other exchange listing and compliance matters. In addition, Mr. Ross assists companies going public, whether through a reverse merger (RTO), initial public offering (IPO), or company offering (DPO). He also advises clients on investment and capital raising transactions, including private investments in public equities (PIPEs), initial public offerings (IPOs), registered direct offerings (RDs), and shelf offerings.
In the litigation and regulatory area, Mr. Ross represents clients in commercial/securities matters from arbitrations before FINRA, the AAA, and JAMS, to court cases nationwide. Mr. Ross also counsels clients in civil regulatory and possible criminal investigations before self-regulatory organizations, state agencies, or federal agencies, and he regularly appears before the SEC, FINRA, and state securities agencies in connections with their investigations.
Mr. Rossalso specializes in advising marijuana and marijuana-related companies. In particular, he is very knowledgeablein, and often speaks on, the legal issues associated with marijuana and marijuana-related businesses, including the interplay between state laws which legalize recreational and/or medical marijuana uses, and federal laws which bar such uses.
Mr. Ross teachesthe first law school course on marijuana at Hofstra University School of Law,titled Business and Law of Marijuana. In his course, Mr. Ross introduces students to the rapidly-developing legal questions encountered in the operation of marijuana-related businesses. The course uses a fictional business, Cannabis Inc., to explore (1) the interplay between state laws legalizing recreational and/or medical marijuana uses and the Federal Controlled Substances Act; (2) enforcement and application of other regulatory regimes governing the operation of marijuana-related businesses, such as banking and securities laws; and (3) the ethical considerations for an attorney advising a client engaged in a marijuana-related business.