Germain E. DeMartinis

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5535

(215) 665-2013

Germain is a former business owner who brings his first-hand experience as an entrepreneur and employer to bear on his practice. He regularly assists clients with financing, mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, corporate governance issues, regulatory compliance, customer and vendor agreements, entity formation, and securities filings.

Before joining Cozen O’Connor as an associate in the corporate practice group, Germain owned and operated a wholesale bakery in California, taking the business from a sole proprietorship to a corporation with multi-state distribution. In addition to handling the company’s day-to-day operations, Germain was responsible for research and development, new product development, production, distribution, and sales. This experience gives him a unique perspective into the business realities his clients face, especially in the emerging company arena.

Germain also has a passion for innovation that allows him to connect on a personal level with entrepreneurial, forward-looking clients. While working for a computer hardware security company before running his own business, Germain invented and patented three products that were manufactured and distributed. In his role for that company, he traveled to China to establish manufacturing partnerships for the products and was responsible for growing the company by expanding its product line, distribution channels, and sales.

Germain received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law and Bachelor of Arts in English and comparative literature studies from Occidental College.

Experience

Publications

PA Cannabis Legislation to Watch in 2020 [Alert]

January 22, 2020

Heidi Schwartz and Germain DeMartinis discuss possible big changes coming Pennsylvania for cannabis businesses and individuals who use cannabis products.

Cannabis and CBD Companies One Step Closer to Federally Legal Banking Services [Alert]

October 07, 2019

Germain DeMartinis discusses the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019, what happens next, and what this means for the cannabis industry.

Calif. Executive Order Impacts Vaporizers, the Cannabis Industry’s Fastest Growing Product Segment [Alert]

September 20, 2019

Germain DeMartinis discusses implications for vaporizer manufacturers and licensed retailers of vaporizers.

3 IRS Factors You Need to Keep in Mind When Classifying Employees [COpilot Blog]

October 11, 2018

Classifying workers as employees or independent contractors is a fundamental element of any startup’s business. The nature of a startup’s relationship with its labor force may not only help define its culture, but may also define whether the business model is sustainable.

8 Pros and Cons to Hiring Employees Over Independent Contractors [COpilot Blog]

October 01, 2018

Whether ‘tis nobler to hire employees or independent contractors is a question of individual business circumstance and need. Where one company hires employees to best control customer experience, another may prioritize the flexibility that only independent contractors can provide.

Education

  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2017
  • Occidental College, B.A., 1998
  • Pennsylvania

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