Kellsi Booth is the founder and principal attorney at Wake Law Group.
Kellsi’s practice focuses on meeting the diverse needs of highly regulated businesses. She counsels clients on entity formation, commercial transactions, licensing and permitting, regulatory compliance, government relations, land use and development, and products liability. She is also skilled in alternative dispute resolution, and certified in transformative mediation.
Kellsi began her education at Wake Forest University with double major in Political Science - and after pioneering the Women’s and Gender Studies program- a major in Women;s and Gender Studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She earned her Master’s in Studies of Law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a J.D.
While attending law school, Kellsi became a certified student attorney with the University of Maryland’s world renowned Clinical Law Program and worked with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender on matters of appellate advocacy and law reform. She also interned with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she researched, drafted, analyzed and edited materials for regulatory submission by the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission and authored a paper on the tax implications and anticipated financial impact of medical marijuana in the state of Maryland.
Following law school, Kellsi completed a post-bar clerkship with Disability Rights California where she worked in the Mental Health Division to investigate systemic abuse and neglect in state and private facilities serving people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.
Kellsi has devoted much of her education and career to serving the legal cannabis industry. She developed a passion for cannabis law and policy while working with the Maryland Department of Health, where she had the unique opportunity to assist the Natalie M. LaPrade Cannabis Commission in the development of regulations for medical marijuana in the State of Maryland. Kellsi’s experience goes far beyond the practice of cannabis-related law, and includes her work as Senior Consultant at a cannabis business and development company as well as Coordinator of a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing medical marijuana policy and exploring the science behind cannabis as medicine. Kellsi has established herself as an expert in the field, and is regularly consulted by the media on developments in the cannabis industry. She has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Bloomberg, Bisnow, The Hemp Mag, and Green Market Report. She also speaks at industry events and educational symposiums, and was nominated for “Best Attorney” in Cashinbis’s 2018 Best of Cannabis Awards. While many cannabis attorneys began their careers as criminal defense attorneys, Kellsi credits her trailblazing success to approaching the industry from a business rather than criminal perspective. As California’s new comprehensive regulatory framework goes into effect, Kellsi is eager to help clients from seed to sale transition out of the previously “gray” market and establish fully compliant business enterprises.
Kellsi is admitted to the California Bar. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Food and Drug Law Institute, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the California Cannabis Industry Asssociation, and P.E.O International.
When she is not at the office, Kellsi can be found in the kitchen. She is a foodie who enjoys experimenting with recipes. Kellsi is also an avid cyclist and proud dog mom.