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Atty. Mahal Rufina Montoya, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA


Mahal is a civil rights lawyer with a sharp focus on cannabis law. She began her law practice in 2014, having spent the previous fourteen years as a law clerk, educator, and paralegal specialist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Her law practice integrates her passion for civil rights and her support for entrepreneurs. She spends her time counseling entrepreneurs about civil rights, business, and corporate law.Mahal was born in Vallejo, and after a series of family tragedies enrolled herself in the tenth grade at Oakland Technical High School. She was legally emancipated as a minor the following spring. These childhood experiences inspired her to become an attorney and in her law practice, to work on family law issues.While an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Mahal was a representative on the Ethnic Studies Fifth Account Committee. This experience taught Mahal the importance of working with entrepreneurs within a framework to achieve desired goals. Mahal is focused on mastering the cannabis regulatory process at the local, state, and federal levels to best serve her clients? needs.Mahal received a full academic scholarship to study law at the University of Iowa after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UC Berkeley. She was a graduate legal research assistant to Law Professor Adrien Wing with her work writing ?Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader.? As a woman of color, Mahal has personally experienced implicit and explicit sexism and racism in academia, in the workplace, and in life. Her civil rights practice was born from an instinct to survive and navigate the white male patriarchy that is America. View More ?

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    California State University - San Jose State University
    M.S. (2010) | Library and Information Science
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    University of Iowa
    J.D. (2000) | Law
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    University of California - Berkeley
    B.A. (1997) | English
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    6 years of experience


    Law Offices of Mahal Montoya
    45 Embarcadero Cove
    Oakland, CA 94606
    Telephone: (510) 328-1018