Gianna Puccinelli


Gianna uses her commercial litigation knowledge to assist clients facing enquiries or investigations from state attorneys general (AGs). She is experienced in all stages of litigation, from the development of strategy through discovery, document analysis, pleading and motion drafting and filing, expert witness deposition, and trial, if necessary. She also prepares and analyzes materials for presentation to state AG offices.

Gianna represents several BIPA class action defendants in complex BIPA actions involving licensed fingerprint vendors and other actions involving the use of facial recognition technology. She is frequently called on to draft complex legal arguments that advance the law for BIPA defendants.  

Gianna has advised large companies on regulatory compliance, consumer protection, and antitrust and unfair competition issues with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical industry, and has experience in government contracts, securities, and cross-border issues. She is focused on ensuring that litigation strategies align with clients’ goals and has argued on behalf of clients in federal court.

Gianna worked pro bono to help bring an action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia under the Fair Housing Act on behalf of a group of Latino families who were unlawfully evicted from a mobile home park due to their immigration status. She also assisted in appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit, obtaining a favorable ruling on behalf of her clients and keeping their claims alive in the trial court.

Gianna earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. While studying for her J.D., Gianna interned in the U.S. Attorney’s Office Washington, D.C. and in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.



States Must Step Up to Fill Federal Delta-8 Loophole

June 13, 2022

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli examine recent developments around the question of the legality of delta-8 THC and similar products and what they mean for cannabis companies.

New Jersey AG Declares Police Officers Cannot Face Discipline for Off-Duty Cannabis Consumption

April 26, 2022

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli analyze ways in which AGs are stepping in to reshape enforcement practices—and deeply-held beliefs—for a previously illegal drug.

California Splits from the FDA: CBD Now Permitted in Food, Beverages and More [Alert]

October 25, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss California's new law AB-45 that prohibits restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements, food, beverages, cosmetics, or pet food that contains CBD.

Is Cooperative Federalism Attainable in Cannabis Regulation? AG Weiser Seems to Think So [Alert]

September 01, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss Colorado State AG's letter to Congress regarding national cannabis reform and the recently proposed legislation, and how states and the federal government have worked together in the past to enact legislation and regulations.

Recent Trends and Insights in State Attorney General Antitrust Enforcement

August 31, 2021

Milton Marquis, Ann-Marie Luciano and Gianna Puccinelli analyze recent state AG antitrust enforcement trends, provide insight into targeted industries and consider future roles for state AGs.

After Initial Rejection, Ohio AG Certifies Marijuana Legalization Law, But the Damage May Already Be Done

August 24, 2021

Marijuana legalization activists have finally won the support of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R). On Friday August 20, AG Yost approved summary language in a petition submission for a proposed law, the “Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis,” penned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (the Coalition).

Ohio AG Refuses to Certify Marijuana Legalization Law

August 10, 2021

On the heels of our piece from last week about the value of seeking state attorneys general (AG) buy-in on draft legislation, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) rejected a petition submission for a proposed law that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

Heeding State AGs’ Perspectives on Draft Legislation May Pay Dividends [Alert]

August 02, 2021

In this Client Alert Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli discuss how monitoring state AGs’ views on draft legislation and proposed ballot initiatives can help indicate the likelihood of success of such measures.

How Tax Code Changes Affect State AG Settlement Talks

July 28, 2021

In this Law360 article State AG Group members Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli highlight issues general counsel and their tax advisers may wish to consider when negotiating settlements with state attorneys general arising from recent changes to the IRS code.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2016
  • Georgetown University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2013
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California