Susan L. Hays is a lawyer, advocate, and crisis manager based in Austin, Texas, with more than twenty-five years’ experience in law and politics. Her practice now focuses on cannabis law, from hemp to the full regulatory scheme of cannabis, both as legal counsel and as a registered lobbyist. She has drafted license applications, served as the general counsel of a publicly traded, touch-the-plant cannabis company, and most recently was intimately involved in the drafting and passage of Texas’s 2019 hemp law. In 2020, she was named the first cannabis law “Super Lawyer” in Texas. She began her legal career as a legislative aide to a Texas House member. She moved a few dozen yards north to clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas. In the years since, she has represented individual clients, corporations, and organizations in the courts and the political realm, drawing from a broad skill set to employ the best tactics to achieve the client’s goals whether litigation, press strategy, or legislative advocacy.