Cozen O’Connor: Bedwick, Joseph C.

Joseph C. Bedwick

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4753

(215) 701-2353

Joe concentrates his practice in general business and corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Joe is co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Cannabis Industry Team and is a former hiring partner for the firm.

Joe's corporate practice involves a diverse array of industries, and he has represented clients in transactions occurring at every phase of a business’ life cycle. His extensive acquisition experience includes helping clients structure and negotiate business combinations and divestitures, including mergers, asset and stock sales and acquisitions, and joint ventures and strategic alliances in the United States and abroad. He also has significant experience in debt and equity financings and venture capital and other minority investments as well as corporate formations, restructurings, and liquidations. Additionally, Joe provides ongoing legal advice to a number of  clients in the areas of licensing, commercial contracts, corporate governance and counseling, stockholder and voting agreements, and employment and non-competition agreements.

As co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Team, Joe has spearheaded the development of a multidisciplinary cannabis practice into a full-service industry team comprised of attorneys from virtually every practice group within Cozen O’Connor and with an industry team representative resident in 13 of the jurisdictions across the country in which cannabis is legal at the state level. He applies his corporate knowledge and counseling background to help clients navigate this rapidly developing regulated industry, most notably in utilizing his mergers and acquisitions experience to structure and document acquisitions of cannabis license holders. Further, Joe provides regulatory advice with respect to cannabis matters to clients in over 15 states. Through this work, Joe and the cannabis team have developed a comprehensive understanding of each such state’s cannabis regulations.

Joe received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Represents FNCB Bancorp, Inc. in $20 Million Common Stock Offering

February 11, 2019

The public offering of 3,285,550 shares includes 428,550 shares of common stock issued upon the exercise in full of the option to purchase additional shares granted to the underwriters, at a public offering price of $7.00 per share.

6 Fundamentals of Structuring a Multi-Million-Dollar Cannabis Deal

January 17, 2019

Joe Bedwick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing how companies can be prepared to negotiate their terms.

Cozen O’Connor Advises Cannabis Industry Leader, Acreage Holdings, Inc., in $160 Million Acquisition of Form Factory, Inc.

January 02, 2019

Acreage will issue approximately 6.4 million Subordinate Voting Shares to Form Factory shareholders at a deemed price of $25 (USD) per share. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

Philly-Area Law Firms Bullish on Cannabis Despite Grave Legal Risks

August 21, 2017

Joe Bedwick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, discusses Philadelphia area law firms setting up cannabis practices on Philly.com.

Publications

Comprehensive Revisions to Pennsylvania Law Mean Big Changes for LLCs and Partnerships

April 25, 2017

Joseph C. Bedwick and Larry P. Laubach discuss the extensive amendments that govern everything from the contents of the certificate of organization to the ability to alter fiduciary duties.

Medical Marijuana Legal in Pennsylvania [Cannabis Industry Alert]

April 14, 2016

Jim Davis and Joe Bedwick discuss Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which the Pennsylvania Senate had approved the bill earlier in the week and the state House of Representatives passed on April 13, 2016. The governor announced he will sign the legislation on Sunday, April 17.

Fall 2011 [Business Law Observer]

October 01, 2011

Fall 2011 - Business Law Observer - We welcome your inquiries on these topics and any other questions you may have, and trust that we can provide you with the counsel you need to steer clear of the impediments to successfully running your business.

Fall 2010 [Business Law Observer]

November 23, 2010

Fall 2010 - Business Law Observer - Since our Spring 2010 Observer was published, significant new legislation has been enacted
by Congress, affecting tax planning and securities transactions, among other areas. We have summarized two of the new acts, in addition to a review of existing legislation as it affects doing business abroad. Imbedded in the Health Care Act is a new provision in the Internal Revenue Code, codifying the “economic substance doctrine.”

Summer 2008 [Business Law Observer]

July 14, 2008

This Summer issue of the Business Law Observer focuses on important changes contained in cases and regulatory actions affecting both public and private companies.

Fall 2006 [Business Law Observer]

November 06, 2006

Fall 2006 - Business Law Observer -

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Business Issues in the Cannabis Industry

April 09, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

Current Topics in Cannabis and CBD

March 26, 2019 - Santa Monica, CA

2017 Health Law Year In Review

December 06, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Legal Guide to PA Medical Marijuana Act

October 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

ACCGP's Health, Biotech & Pharma Law CLE Institute

May 18, 2017 - King of Prussia, PA

7th Annual Health Law Year in Review

December 07, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1991
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Medical Marijuana and Hemp Committee