Shamoun appointed to state’s cannabis regulation advisory group

Attorney Alan Shamoun of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – has been appointed to serve as a member of the state’s Adult-Use Marijuana Stakeholder Workgroups.

Shamoun volunteered to serve on the attorney workgroup as part of his practice, which includes a focus on representing cannabis businesses in the medical and recreational use sectors. He is one of only 13 attorneys statewide to be selected for service on the workgroups, which were formed by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

The purpose of the attorney workgroup is to provide input and advice to the Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation on topics related to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation Act. The new law allows legal use of marijuana for people age 21 and older.

Shamoun applies his tax and business law expertise in the cannabis industry by assisting clients involved in the state and local business application processes. He also works with them once they are licensed to remain compliant with numerous industry regulations.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to assist the state with its implementation of the new regulation and taxation act,” said Shamoun, who practices in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office. “There are a lot of issues to consider, and I am glad to be able to provide a voice for my clients in this process.”

The attorney workgroup will begin meeting this month in the office of the Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, which is located at 2407 North Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906.

Shamoun is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Business Transactions & Planning Practice Group and the firm’s Cannabis Law Industry Group. He focuses his practice primarily on tax conflicts involving individuals and corporations. His expertise also includes the areas of corporate tax and estate planning.

Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of legal services to Michigan’s medical and recreational use cannabis industry. The firm’s attorneys helped secure some of the first business licenses issued in the state, and their expertise extends to such issues as business law, commercial litigation, employment law, environmental law, government affairs and real estate.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Plunkett Cooney was also named by Crain’s Detroit Business as its first ever Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Shamoun’s appointment to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation Attorney Workgroup, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Firm Expands Business Department with Addition of New Tax Attorney

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has added further depth to its business law department with the recent addition of tax attorney Alan Shamoun.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Shamoun will serve as Plunkett Cooney’s Tax Law Practice Group Leader, working closely with attorneys in the business law and estate planning practice groups.

Shamoun focuses his tax practice primarily on tax planning, resolving tax controversies and assisting tax exempt organizations. His specific expertise includes white collar criminal defense, IRS audits and appeals, international tax issues, and tax matters related to estate, gift and trust planning. In addition, Shamoun works with clients on commercial real estate matters, corporate transactions and emerging areas such as crytocurrency.

Named a 2018 Top Lawyer in Tax by DBusiness magazine, Shamoun is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and the Real Property Law, Taxation and Young Lawyers sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

Shamoun received his law degree, cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2012 and his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 2006.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Business Law Department provide legal services to clients in numerous industries, including automotive, banking, construction, foodservice and hospitality, healthcare, medical cannabis, nonprofit, real estate and many others.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.


For more information about tax attorney Alan Shamoun joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.