Meet Rod Kight
Advocate | Attorney | Author
I am an attorney who represents businesses in the cannabis industry. I consult, assist with strategic planning, and offer a full array of business services to the cannabis sector, including hemp, CBD, medical marijuana, and adult use marijuana. I am also a bankruptcy law specialist who has successfully reorganized all types of businesses and assisted thousands of individuals in reclaiming their lives after financial catastrophe through the tools offered in bankruptcy.
Thought Leadership for the Hemp and Cannabis Industries
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I have been an advocate for cannabis reform all of my adult life. I am fortunate to provide legal services to businesses in the cannabis industry, including hemp and medical adult use marijuana. I am the author of "Cannabis Business Law", a legal business primer for industry professionals and lawyers. It is the first published book of its kind. I am also the author of Kight On Cannabis, a blog dedicated to legal issues affecting the cannabis industry. For nearly two decades I have represented thousands of businesses and individuals in legal matters. During that time I have provided legal guidance to clients covering a broad span of business issues, including entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, shareholder disputes, joint ventures, tax matters, intellectual property protection, commercial litigation, appeals, asset sales, bankruptcy, and dissolution.
In addition to the law I am passionate about music and play guitar every day. I gig with my rock band most weekends and do session work for friends on the side. I am in love with my wife, who also happens to be the first girl I kissed on a playdate in first grade. We have a blended family of 5 great kids who never cease to inspire, challenge, encourage, and educate us about themselves, ourselves, and life. We're fortunate to live in Asheville, NC and travel often.
I hope to get an opportunity to speak with you. Although I have almost two decades of experience practicing law and know what I’m talking about, the most important things I’d like to convey are that I care and I listen. I’ve got my share of grey hairs and have handled thousands of cases; however, I’m not an aloof, judgmental, starched shirt lawyer. I’d rather wear my jeans to the office, have a real conversation, and get to know you and your business.
Honors & Recognitions
Board Certified Specialist in Consumer & Business Bankruptcy Law
Rod is a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization. Rod is licensed to practice in North Carolina and Oregon.
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Rod was selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2012 and to the North Carolina Super Lawyers main list since 2015
Recognized by Business North Carolina Legal Elite
Selected to Business North Carolina Legal Elite Bankruptcy Section 2016-2017
AVVO Superb Rated Lawyer
10.0 Rating on Avvo; 28 5-Star Client Reviews and counting.
Avvo Client Choice Award
Avvo Client Choice Award Recipient 2015
AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell
AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell since 2014
Included in Best Lawyers in America 2018
Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2018 and Best Lawyers in America 2017 Winter Business Edition
Schools and Degrees
- Furman University
- BA in Philosophy in 1994
- studied classical and jazz guitar.
- University of South Carolina School of Law
- Juris Doctor 1999
Admissions & Accolades
- Admitted, North Carolina State Bar (1999)
- Admitted, Oregon State Bar (2016)
- Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2012
- Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Rated Lawyer
- Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers, since 2016
- Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2016-2017
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Business & Individual Bankruptcy Section, 2018
- Listed Best Lawyers in America Winter Business Edition 2017
Memberships & Advocacy
- North Carolina Bar Association, member
- National Cannabis Bar Association, member
- National Cannabis Industry Association, member
- Women Grow, Asheville Chapter (former chapter), member
- NORML, national attorney advocate
- NC NORML, registered agent
Writing and Speaking
An avid writer and public speaker, Rod maintains a cannabis law blog, Kight On Cannabis, and has spoken widely about cannabis law to professional and industry groups across the country. He is a regular columnist for the Cannabis Law Report. His book, “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, was published by Aspatore, a Thomson-Reuters legal publishing company, in August 2015. Written for individuals interested in starting a cannabis business who need to know the legal “lay of the land”, it was the first book of its kind. Rod has published articles on cannabis law in the Cannabis Law Journal and Best Lawyers. He is a regular resource for journalists covering cannabis legal issues and has been a guest on national and international podcasts about cannabis law. His blog posts are routinely quoted in online industry publications and by businesses across the world.
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