David C. Holland is a partner and a member of Prince Lobel’s Business Litigation and Cannabis practice groups.

David is a highly sought-after civil and criminal litigation attorney who has an extensive background in representing a broad range of stakeholders in the cannabis industry.  He is the Executive and Legal Director of Empire State NORML, the New York State affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and is a Co-Chair of NORML’s Amicus Committee. He is also a co-founder and President of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association (NYCCIA) and Vice President of the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA). David has served as a Legal Advisor to Last Prisoner Project (LPP) seeking clemency and habeas corpus relief for prisoners of the Drug War.

Previously, David spent a dozen years as Counsel to High Times Magazine handling all legal matters. During that same time he was Of Counsel to the late Michael Kennedy, Esq., an outspoken criminal defense, civil rights, and cannabis advocate. Together, they successfully pursued President Obama for group clemency petition on behalf of five elderly first time offenders serving at least one sentence of life without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana related offenses. All members of the group received relief with the last granted by President Trump in January, 2021. David is a regular lecturer at many multi-disciplinary legal and media events regarding cannabis related issues and frequent information source for local and national news media outlets.

David has been at the forefront of several challenges to the constitutionality of federal and state cannabis laws including submission of amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court in the cases of Washington v. Barr and Musta v. Mendota Heights Dental Ctr., arguing that the Schedule I status of cannabis under federal law is unconstitutional. He has also successfully pursued claims against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services on behalf of probationers who are being denied access to medical marijuana under the state’s Compassionate Care Act as well as reinstatement and backpay and benefits for a firefighter who was wrongly terminated from the Buffalo Fire Department for his lawful use of medical cannabis.

David has been repeatedly named as a Top 100 Attorney of the Year and a Metro New York Super Lawyer since 2022.

David may be reached at DHolland@PrinceLobel.com.

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Education

  • New York Law School, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court