Erin Carlstrom

Senior Counsel

  • Biography

    Erin Carlstrom is Senior Counsel with DP&F and leads the firm’s cannabis group. Erin’s practice includes state and local compliance, corporate formation and compliance, land use, and government relations. Erin has specific expertise in land use entitlements and navigating the various regulatory agencies, and has been responsible for major project developments across California. Erin’s experience offers clients comprehensive support from seed to sale, including transitioning from collective operations to for-profit corporations, applying for and prosecuting permit applications, and developing  strategic collaborations.

    Erin represents cannabis producers, farmers, manufacturers, labs, distributors and dispensaries, as well as investment groups interacting with all sectors, in matters ranging from collective formation and transition, operations management, land use and state and local compliance. She has spoken at a variety of conferences on topics ranging from impacts from local ordinances, to the interplay between cannabis and other agricultural industries, and coalition building for effective government relations.

    Prior to joining DP&F, Erin practiced in government relations, land use, and corporate issues at a cannabis-focused boutique law firm. While there, Erin worked on successful general plan amendments, development of local ordinances, and project appeals as well as local entitlements. Erin served on the Santa Rosa City Council, including a term as Vice Mayor, and twice chaired the cannabis subcommittee. Erin’s work helped position Santa Rosa as one of the state’s most progressive cannabis communities, forming predictable and business-friendly paths to operation.

    While in law school, Erin was an intern for the Department of Justice and Screen Actors Guild, and was a summer associate with Neighborhood Legal Services, a nonprofit providing legal service to victims of domestic violence. Erin has a long history with progressive politics, working in electoral campaigns and social advocacy movements for more than a decade.

    Erin lives in Santa Rosa with her son, Adlai.