Professor of Practice
Nicole Stanton is currently Vice President and General Counsel of Trulieve Cannabis Corp., the largest multi-state operator in the U.S. following a $2B acquisition which Ms. Stanton assisted in closing on October 1, 2021. Prior to that acquisition, Ms. Stanton served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Harvest Health & Recreation since 2019, overseeing the legal department and compliance program. She received the Public Company General Counsel of the Year award by the Arizona Association of Corporate Counsel in April 2021. That same year, the Harvest legal department was nominated for Legal Department of the Year. Prior to joining Harvest, Ms. Stanton was employed by the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP for nearly 20 years. She served as the office managing partner of the firm's Phoenix office from 2013-2018, as well as the firm's assistant general counsel from 2009-2019. While managing partner, she was responsible for overseeing more than 100 lawyers and 75 professional legal staff, covering 11 different legal practice areas. She is a veteran litigation and legal ethics counsel. Her success as defense counsel garnered her an established and credible reputation across business practices including awards as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona from AZ Business Magazine (2015-2108) and Phoenix Business Journal's Most Admired Leaders (2014). Ms. Stanton holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, College of Law. She has taught legal ethics at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute.