PITTSBURGH, PA – June 15, 2021 – Leech Tishman partners Michael H. Sampson (Cannabis), Steven D. Irwin (Employment & Labor), and Francesca M. Schiavone (Corporate) recently represented hometown hero Charlie Batch in connection with Mr. Batch’s just-announced agreement to serve on Hemp Synergistics Advisory Board. Hemp Synergistics is a Leetsdale, Pennsylvania-based biotech company dedicated to transforming the way manufacturers use hemp-derived cannabinoid-based formulations. Leech Tishman also assisted Mr. Batch, a Homestead, PA native, in the formation of a new entity to facilitate this exciting partnership.
A former Pittsburgh Steeler and Detroit Lion quarterback, Mr. Batch has a keen interest in sports medicine and research, serving as Player Advisor on the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University and as an Advisory Council Member for the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. After his National Football League (NFL) career, which spanned 15 years and two Super Bowl victories, Mr. Batch, in retirement, continues to be a respected strategist in the NFL, providing game-day commentary for Steelers broadcasts and several national media outlets. He also serves as Senior Captain for The Trust Powered by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), an initiative that Mr. Batch helped negotiate in 2011 with NFL team owners. Mr. Batch helps former players achieve their dreams after football as a Transition Consultant for the NFL. He also runs the Best of the Batch Foundation, creating communities where all kids and families are equipped with the tools they need to build their own best futures.
More recently, Mr. Batch has turned his focus to hemp and the state-compliant cannabis industry, collaborating with Mr. Sampson and Leech Tishman as he explores various opportunities.
“In recent years, my interest in utilizing CBD and other hemp-based technologies as a vehicle to facilitate health and wellness in the sports community and beyond has grown,” said Batch. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to leverage my experience to help scale this biotech company, who I believe is a pioneer in this industry. I appreciate Hemp Synergistics’ dedication to the development of industry-leading solutions and am proud to be part of this team.” Batch continued, “I look forward to continuing to get more deeply involved in the rapidly-growing hemp industry.”
Mr. Batch is also actively seeking to become more involved in the state-compliant marijuana industry locally and nationally.
Mr. Sampson, Leech Tishman Cannabis Industry Group Co-Leader, stated, “It has truly been a pleasure to represent Charlie as he joins the Hemp Synergistics team. Once again, the local guy makes good. And just like in the NFL, Charlie no doubt will soon be a leader in the cannabis industry. We are very excited to continue partnering with him as he builds his brand across the industry.” Sampson continued, “Our team’s experiences advising cannabis-related businesses, entrepreneurs and ancillary businesses in the U.S. and international cannabis industries, we believe, will be a significant asset to him.”
Leech Tishman’s Cannabis Industry Group
Leech Tishman’s Cannabis Industry Group was created to provide comprehensive guidance to cannabis companies, investors, ancillary businesses, and real estate owners/developers regarding the unique legal landscape of the cannabis industry. Leech Tishman’s multi-disciplined practice group assists clients to address complex issues in numerous areas of law, including the following: corporate, investment & transactional matters, employment & labor, environmental issues, federal & criminal law considerations, government policy & affairs/regulatory compliance, health law, immigration & labor certification, insurance coverage, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, and taxation.
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Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in business restructuring & insolvency, corporate matters, employment & labor, estates & trusts, intellectual property, litigation & alternative dispute resolution, and real estate. In addition, the firm offers a wide range of legal services to clients in the aviation & aerospace, cannabis, construction, energy & natural resources, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota and Wilmington, DE.