Shawn Hauser


Denver / Austin


455 Sherman St.
Suite 390
Denver, CO 80203


J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
B.S., University of Texas at Austin


Shawn Hauser is a partner at Vicente LLP, where she co-chairs the firm's Hemp and Cannabinoids Department and Federal and International Law Group.  She helps cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics businesses navigate the intersections between state and federal law and ensure compliance as laws evolve. Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance, licensing, general business representation, policy reform and strategic guidance to best position businesses for success at the at state, national, and international levels.

With more than a decade of experience in cannabis law and policy, Shawn is a go-to source for businesses, industry groups, governments, and reporters seeking opinions, analysis, and guidance. She has presented on cannabis law and policy to many local, federal, and international agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and UK Parliament.

Since directing Sensible Colorado's local government implementation team following the passage of Amendment 64, Shawn remains active in policy work with local and state governments in Colorado and Texas as well as advocating for federal reforms. She is passionate in supporting the development and implementation of cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics regulations that advance the industries responsibly and in support of public health. Active in the community, Shawn currently serves on the Board of Directors of United States Cannabis Council, and previously served on boards of the International Cannabis Bar Association and on the steering committee of the American Hemp Campaign—a project of Vote Hemp—which was instrumental in legalizing hemp in Texas in 2019.

Well-regarded in her field, Shawn has received many accolades. She was named one of the top cannabis lawyers in the United States Chambers and Partners and was recognized by her peers in The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in cannabis law. Additionally, Shawn has been listed in 5280 magazine's "Denver's Top Lawyers" list since 2015 and was included in Denver Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2021.

After attending law school at the University of Denver, Shawn was an associate attorney at McAllister, Darnell & Gottlieb PC, one of the first marijuana-focused law firms in Colorado.



  • Board Member, International Cannabis Bar Association, 2020

  • Member, Regulatory Affairs Committee, Council for Responsible Nutrition, 2020

  • Co-founder, Hemp for Our Future, 2020

  • Member, Steering Committee, American Hemp Campaign, 2019

  • Member, Legislative Review Committee, Hemp Industries Association, 2019

  • Member, Cannabis Committee, American Herbal Products Association

  • Member, Education Committee, American Herbal Products Association

  • Member, Speaking Committee, International Cannabis Bar Association, 2015-Present

  • Member, Green Flower Steering Committee 

  • Founding Member, Women Grow, 2014

  • Board Member, National Hemp Association, 2014

  • Director, Local Government Implementation Team, Sensible Colorado




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