Rosemarie Moyeno Matos, Esq.

A practicing lawyer for over 20 years, Rosemarie has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in a wide range of practice areas, including business, cannabis, insurance, environmental, regulatory compliance, and real estate law.  A substantial portion of her practice is focused on representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, and non-profits in various industries, offering comprehensive legal advice designed to protect her clients from avoidable exposure and unexpected risks.  Her services include legal counseling on all aspects of business operations from entity structuring, formation, and permitting/licensing to commercial and real estate transactions, insurance coverage, regulatory compliance and environmental matters, as well as preparing tailored governing documents, contracts, and operating manuals.   

Since 2018, Rosemarie has practiced extensively in the expanding legalized cannabis market on the east coast, offering outside general counsel services with respect to formation, structuring, licensing, contract negotiations, drafting required legal documents, banking, insurance, finance, real estate acquisition, regulatory compliance, and land use and zoning matters.  Many of her existing clients are licensed cannabis businesses or applicants for recreational cannabis licenses throughout New Jersey and New York.  In May 2022, Rosemarie was appointed to serve as the Board Attorney for the City of East Orange’s Board of Cannabis Control.

In addition to her legal practice, Rosemarie is the current President of Latinas United for Political Empowerment (L.U.P.E.) Inc., a 501(c)(4) organization engaged in advocacy for civic and social issues affecting the Latino community.  She is also an executive board member of its sister organization, LUPE Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to engage, educate, and empower Latinas in the promotion of leadership and civic engagement, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee.  In May 2021, Rosemarie was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy as a commissioner to the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission.  As a proud graduate of New Jersey’s Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (SHCCNJ) 2020 Latina Entrepreneurship Training Series (LETS), Rosemarie also serves as a legal coach for LETS and the SHCCNJ’s companion entrepreneurship program, the Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program (HETP), where she dedicates her time to coaching program participants on pressing legal issues affecting their businesses. 

Education

 

Seton Hall University School of Law                                               

JD, 2001

College of Saint Elizabeth (now Saint Elizabeth University)

BA in History, with honors, 1996 

Bar Admissions

 

New Jersey, 2001

New York, 2002

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2001

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2004; and

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2004.

Appointments/Elected Positions

 

National Hispanic Cannabis Council, Tri-State Chapter Executive Board Member, 2023 to Present

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, 2022 to Present

City of East Orange Board of Cannabis Control, Board Attorney, 2022 to Present

New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission, Commissioner, 2021 to Present

Latinas United for Political Empowerment (L.U.P.E) Inc., Board President, 2021 to Present

LUPE Fund, Inc., Trustee, 2021 to Present

LUPE Fund, Inc., Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, 2021 to Present

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Legal Coach, 2020 to Present

Affiliations/Memberships

American Bar Association (ABA)

ABA’s Business Law Section

New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA)

NJSBA’s Special Committee on Cannabis Law

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

National Hispanic Cannabis Council

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce

League of United Latin American Citizens

Phi Alpha Theta, Nu Upsilon Chapter

 

Awards/Recognition

2023 NJ Cannabis Insider Awards, “Excellence in Cannabis – Municipal Lawyer,” Nominee

2023 NJBIZ Leaders in Law Awards, Cannabis Lawyer, Recipient

2022 Hoboken Girl, “6 Hudson County Women Leading the Cannabis Industry,” Recognized

2020 New Jersey Law Journal, “Trailblazer in Cannabis,” Recognized

2019 New Jersey Law Journal, “Trailblazer in Cannabis,” Recognized

2019 420 Media “Trailblazer in Cannabis,” Recognized