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Meet The Team

 

James D. Thorburn

Managing Partner

Jim Thorburn is a nationally recognized and highly experienced litigation and transaction attorney.  Jim Thorburn has been a licensed attorney since 1991. He is one of the founding partners of Thorburn Walker, LLC, primarily located in Greenwood Village, CO with other locations in Longmont, CO and Las Vegas, NV.  


Jim is a highly knowledgeable and experienced commercial litigation attorney, practicing in both state and federal courts.  From 1991 through 2012, Jim’s primary focus was in commercial real estate and construction law.  In 2012, Jim began to practice cannabis tax controversy law, taking on some of the most notable cannabis tax controversy cases in the nation.   This experience has made Thorburn Walker a formidable force in cannabis tax controversy.   

Jim had the honor of arguing, on a writ of mandamus, Feinberg v. Commissioner, 808 F.3d 813 (10th Cir. 2015) in front of now Justice Neil Gorsuch.  Justice Gorsuch’s opinion in Feinberg has been described as a “technical loss but an artful win for the cannabis industry.” 


Jim is on the forefront of the current federal and state issues affecting dispensaries and works hard to achieve successful outcomes for his clients. Jim works with state and national legislators to effect positive legislative change for the cannabis industry. He helps dispensaries, grow facilities, and other businesses navigate through complex federal legal issues including tax court and IRS audits. In addition to Section 280E issues, Jim also provides general business representation, and helps dispensaries comply with the regulations under state cannabis laws.

 Jim has received national recognition as a lead litigating attorney in a majority of the cannabis industry’s high-profile cases.  He speaks on marijuana legal issues across the country and is a featured expert for the National Cannabis Industry Association. He has been featured in CNBC, INC. Magazine, MJ Biz Daily, HBO (Vice News), Denver Post, Law360, Yahoo Finance, National Law Journal, The Cannifornian, and others. 


Jim recently received the coveted 2019 National Law Journal Cannabis Law Trailblazer Award.  The National Law Journal has also designated Jim as a national “Lawyer of Distinction” for 2019. 

In his spare time, Jim is actively involved in motorsports and is the President of the Rocky Mountain Region Porsche Club of America, which is one of the ten largest regions in the United States by membership.   He is also a member of  PCA National Audit Committee.

Jim Thorburn has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law.  In his spare time, Jim enjoys serving as the President of the Rocky Mountain Porsche Club of America, racing cars, and flying small airplanes.