Biography

Jeffrey F. Barr is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Services practice group with more than 20 years of eclectic legal experience. While Jeff focuses his practice on counseling clients in the marijuana and hemp industries with respect to business transactions, commercial litigation, real estate, crisis management, and government relations, he also has experience with municipal law and has handled civil rights matters for his clients.

Jeff has litigated corporate disputes, contract issues, and comprehensive regulatory controversies in the Nevada cannabis industry. He has counseled marijuana clients in connection with choosing proposed facility sites; helped clients understand and secure zoning and land use approvals; negotiated and drafted cannabis asset/equity purchase contracts, management agreements, employment agreements, commercial financing contracts, licensing agreements, and leases; and managed government affairs on behalf of marijuana clients.

Jeff also handles appeals before the Supreme Court of Nevada and the Ninth Circuit for clients in all industries. 

Background

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was partner and co-founder of Ashcraft & Barr LLP. In 2015, the Nevada Attorney General selected Jeff as co-facilitator of his office transition.

Prior to that, he was City Attorney and Chief Legal Officer for the City of North Las Vegas, which is Nevada’s third-largest municipality. In that role, he supervised a team of 18 professionals and managed a budget of over $6.7 million, advising the City Council and City Manager on various matters. He also represented the city in all litigation matters.

Before law school, Jeff was a nationally registered emergency medical technician (EMT) running 911 emergency calls in Tacoma, Washington, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas  (M.B.A., 1996)
    • Economics and Finance
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas  (B.A., with honors, 1992)
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Nevada, Cannabis Law Section
  • National Cannabis Bar Association

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (Parish President)
  • St. Thomas More Society (Founding Member)

Accolades

  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (2013-present)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® (2017-present), Top Rated Appellate Attorney (2019)
  • Nevada Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (2013-2018)