At Shevin Law Group, our well-educated and experienced team provides clients with a broad array of criminal defense and cannabis business services. Our attorneys have a national reputation for excellence and knowledge and represent groups and individuals that comprise the most talented skill sets in the emerging cannabis industry.
For over 25 years, Mr. Shevin’s legal practice has focused exclusively in the area of criminal defense and cannabis law, defending clients in State and Federal courts across the nation. Mr. Shevin has won significant victories for his clients in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Mr. Shevin also provides counsel to lawful cannabis cultivators, processors, distributors, dispensary and delivery outlets on issues involving legal structure, business formation, tax reporting and compliant business operations. Mr. Shevin’s client list includes cannabis industry leaders in all aspects of the cannabis industry. Mr. Shevin also assists clients with brand development, trademark and marketing solutions. Through his extensive experience, Mr. Shevin possesses advanced knowledge of the laws pertaining to the cannabis regulatory landscape and providing guidance to business groups in the emerging cannabis industry.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shevin has been an advocate for sensible marijuana regulations and has taught courses in cannabis law and policy to Judges and Lawyers throughout the country. Mr. Shevin has been featured and/or quoted in the following media outlets: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, Fox News, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, Hartford Courant, Orange County Register, Orange County Weekly, LA Weekly, The 420 Times, West Coast Leaf, Marijuana Anti Prohibition Project, Press Enterprise, Metropolitan News Enterprise, Hemp Evolution, The Compassion Club, Cannabis News, The Medical Marijuana Magazine, The Marijuana News, and was featured in the High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month article in 1995. Mr. Shevin is listed with the Top 100 National Trial Attorneys, and is a recognized “Superlawyer” in California since 2004, representing the Top 5% of all attorneys. Mr. Shevin is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, dedicated to the reform of marijuana laws. Mr. Shevin was awarded the Defender of Justice Award by California’s advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access. Mr. Shevin is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Seminars and Teaching
Stephen J. Fisch grew up in Central Florida and came to California in 1997 to attend college at UCLA, where he gained firsthand experience in law enforcement while working at the University Of California Police Department as a community service officer. Mr. Fisch worked with police officers on a daily basis and became a field training officer for the community service program. He was also the director of risk management, a member of the judicial board for the Interfraternity Council and vice-president of Alpha Epsilon Pi.
After graduating from UCLA, Mr. Fisch remained in Southern California and attended Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles. He he graduated among the top 20 percent of his class and passed the California State bar exam on the first attempt. Mr. Fisch is briefly appears in the documentary film "A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar.
Mr. Fisch began working with Mr. Shevin as a law clerk in 2004. In his nearly 10 years of practice as an attorney, Mr. Fisch represents clients in all stages of criminal litigation from pre-arraignment investigations with law enforcement to appeals of jury trials to the appellate courts. Mr. Fisch defends clients in administrative hearings involving the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Department of Real Estate and other state and local agencies. Mr. Fisch also practices civil litigation including collection cases, forfeiture cases, restraining orders, writs and other various disputes. Mr. Fisch was named a Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine for Criminal Defense in 2010 and 2015. Mr. Fisch is an advocate for the reform of marijuana laws and takes pride in representing medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and collectives in criminal and civil settings.
Ryan M. D’Ambrosio is an associate in the firm’s criminal defense practice, handling both state and federal cases.
Mr. D’Ambrosio received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, receiving an additional honors degree in entertainment transactions. Before attending law school, Mr. D’Ambrosio earned a bachelor of science in business from Linfield College.
Mr. D’Ambrosio has represented clients in all stages of criminal proceedings and has extensive knowledge of the state and federal laws governing narcotics, organized crime, and violent crimes. Mr. D’Ambrosio represents clients accused of a range of felony and misdemeanor cases.
Benjamin S. Reccius is an associate in the firm’s criminal defense practice, handling both state and federal cases.
Mr. Reccius received his J.D. from Pepperdine University, Malibu. Before attending law school, Mr. Reccius earned a bachelor of arts in Biological Psychology at Univeristy of California, Berkley. Mr. Reccius has an extensive knowledge of state and local law pertaining to the operation of Medical Cannabis businesses.
Formerly, Mr. Reccius worked at the Los Angeles County Public Defender and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
Ruey Slotnick graduated magna cum laude from National University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in paralegal studies. She was also awarded a Master of Science from National University of Los Angeles in business administration with a concentration in alternative dispute resolution.
Ruey is an American Bar Association certified paralegal and is an active member of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association. She is an accomplished political fundraiser and, in her free time, volunteers for the Harriett Buhai Center in Los Angeles, which focuses on providing low-income families with family law assistance. Ruey’s professional expertise, training and and passion for the cannabis industry make her a vital asset to the Shevin Law team.