Katy M. Young, Esq.
Partner – Ad Astra Law Group
Katy represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes and real estate claims, including matters for cannabis industry litigants. For cannabis businesses, she handles mostly partnership disputes and breach of contract matters, including leases. She graduated from University of the Pacific cum laude where she played water polo on scholarship and then she received her law degree from University of San Francisco where she graduated magna cum laude. She has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2014 through 2019. In 2018, she was named to Benchmark Litigation’s top 40 under 40 list. She also the President of the National Cannabis Bar Association.
Kathryn McCall, Esq. focuses on helping early stage and mature companies, as well as family-owned and life-style businesses, succeed. Her clients appreciate her pragmatic and strategic advice regarding their entity formation, business financing, and operational concerns. As outside general counsel for many of her clients, Ms. McCall advises businesses on a wide variety of corporate and other legal matters. In addition, she has extensive experience counseling businesses in all aspects of the business life cycle from the initial structuring and formation of the business to financing that business; hiring employees; corporate governance; day-to-day operations; negotiating licensing and other commercial agreements; equity incentive plans; and liquidity events. She advises corporations, boards of directors, investors, CEOs and CFOs, and business owners on a wide range of corporate and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, venture capital, joint ventures, and corporate finance. She has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including: media; technology; internet of things; education; internet-based products, services, and applications; consumer products; retail; publishing; and health and fitness.
Ms. McCall also assists businesses in the cannabis industry develop the necessary infrastructure and organization to succeed while remaining in compliance with the complex legal and regulatory framework burdening the industry. Working with other members of the firm’s well-rounded cannabis industry team enables her to create a strategic and coordinated approach to not only business structuring, organizational, and regulatory matters but also intellectual property, tax, estate planning, and business and criminal litigation issues.
Ms. McCall is a mentor at Draper University advising budding entrepreneurs regarding the legal aspects of starting and running a business. She also speaks regularly at Draper University on legal issues facing startups.
Prior to joining Sideman & Bancroft LLP, Ms. McCall was Of Counsel with Carr & Ferrell LLP in Menlo Park, California.