Jonathan is an attorney in the firm’s Cannabis, Hemp, and Litigation Departments, as well as its Coronavirus Task Force.
His practice primarily involves disputes that touch on public policy. For example, he recently represented a dispensary in a challenge of ADHS’ interpretation of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, drafted amicus briefs concerning the Arizona Corporation Commission’s constitutional authority, and writes procedures that allow businesses and nonprofits to reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan started his career by representing plaintiffs in multi-state consumer fraud class actions, and he currently practices landlord-tenant law as well.
During law school, Jonathan earned awards for his oral advocacy and for his academic achievement, including being named to the Dean’s List and earning the highest grade in several of his classes, including Class Actions. In 2015, his moot court team represented the United States at an international competition, one of only twelve teams to do so. The next year, he was named the top speaker at a regional moot court competition. Jonathan also co-authored an article about an attorney’s duty of cooperation that has been published in several American Bar Association publications.
Prior to law school, Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts from West Chester University, cum laude, with majors in philosophy and international relations. While there, he wrote an award-winning paper that compared the work of two naturalist philosophers.
His love of writing and devotion to advocacy has continued. Over the past several years, Jonathan has written several articles that were published by the American Bar Association, and he recently accepted a position as the Communications Director of Arizona NORML in the run-up to the 2020 election where Prop. 207 is on the ballot.
In Jonathan’s free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and dabbling in landscape photography, as well as reading non-fiction and classic novels.
In The News
Holiday traveling? Jonathan Udell, Rose Law Group cannabis department co-chair, highlights why packing pot for the trip ‘should be avoided’
By Edward Celaya | Arizona Daily Star According to the TSA, official federal policy toward marijuana and marijuana-derived products is that they remain illegal and prohibited from aircraft. But inspectors are not actively screening for the drug, the agency says. It’s the time of year when everyone is celebrating a holiday, and with all that cheer can come stress — from planning,
Program to create ‘social equity’ licenses for marijuana shops in Arizona hit with lawsuit; Jonathan Udell, Rose Law Group cannabis department co-chair comments
By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to stop Arizona’s social-equity marijuana shop program and prevent big dispensaries from snapping up the 26 lucrative licenses that are intended to help people harmed by old marijuana laws. The litigation could delay the state’s plans to issue the licenses early next year. The complaint filed in Maricopa County
Republican marijuana legalization bill aims to build bipartisan support for repealing federal prohibition; move endorsed by Rose Law Group cannabis attorney Jonathan Udell
By Jacob Sullum | Reason When Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) unveiled a “discussion draft” of a marijuana legalization bill last July, he said he wanted to start a conversation that would eventually produce legislation resolving the longstanding conflict between the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and state laws that allow medical or recreational use of cannabis. But his 163-page