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Joseph A Rogoway is the founder of Rogoway Law Group, a boutique criminal defense, business, and cannabis law firm headquartered in Santa Rosa, California with satellite offices in Beverley Hills and Chicago. In addition to being a prominent criminal defense attorney, Mr. Rogoway is a leader in the emerging cannabis industry where his practice includes assisting start-ups with entity formation, transactional matters, and regulatory compliance. Joe Rogoway is on the board of directors for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, Founder of CAN PAC, and member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, and the NORML Legal Committee. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Corporate & Incorporation: 55%
    4 years, 60 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
    2 years, 60 cases



Hourly ($350-450/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Herman Austin Watson IV

    I've had the privilege to work with Joe on several criminal defense matters. He is a zealous advocate with an exemplary sophistication in legal argument. He is composed, effective, and forthright in the courtroom, giving him an excellent reputation among his peers. Given the chance, I would work with Joe again and again. I wholeheartedly endorse his practice.


    Herman Watson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rogoway Law Group

115 4th Street
Second Floor Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder, Lead AttorneyRogoway Law Group2014 - Present
CounselLaw Offices of Joe Rogoway P.C.2011 - Present
Felony Trial DeputyLaw Office of the Public Defender, Sonoma County2008 - 2011
Deputy Public DefenderMendocino County Public Defender's Office2006 - 2008
Associate AttorneyMullan and Fillipi2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Coalition for Cannabis Policy ReformBoard of Directors2015 - Present
National Cannabis Industry AssociationMember2014 - Present
California Cannabis Industry AssociationMember2014 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeAttorney Member2013 - Present
Sonoma County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sonoma CountyMost Felony Charges Dismissed. Client Pled No Contest to wobbler of being an accessory after the fact under PC 32. Received 30 days county jail to be served through work release or electronic home confinement.
Sonoma CountyAcquitted by Jury at Trial under Self Defense theory.
Sonoma CountyRestitution amount reduced from $10,000 to $600.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cal Bar Journal, Criminal Law SectionEffectuating the Medical Cannabis Defense in California2014
Kush MagazineLegalization and How California will Lead in Cannabis Centric Innovation2011
West Coast LeafThe Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 20122011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
U of San Francisco SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Univ of California Santa CruzLegal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SCGA First FundraiserEmerging Issues in the Cannabis Industry2015
Marijuana DUIMarijuana DUI: Does Cannabis Impair Driving?2015
Cannabis Tax and Law SymposiumRunning a Cannabis Centric Practice2015
Cannabis Business SummitLitigation Issues Within the Cannabis Industry2015
2015 Spring SeminarMarijuana Cases, Medical Collectives and Cooperatives2015
Aspen Legal SeminarCrossing the Narc: Techniques in Cross-Examining the Narcotics Expert2014
Cannabis in California, Ending the 100 Year WarCannabis Legalization2013
West Coast Cannabis Expo and Music FestivalRepeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 20122011
Reform ConferenceRepeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 20122011
Next Steps ConferenceCannabis Policy Reform2010