About Us

Dogwood Advisors is a transactional and litigation firm devoted exclusively to cannabis law. By focusing on compliance-related issues, Dogwood Advisors is able to craft efficient and affordable service plans for cannabis businesses of all sizes. Founder, Denise B. McCracken, is building a team of compliance professionals to exceed start-up and regular operational compliance needs. Contact Ms. McCracken to learn more about joining the Dogwood team.

Denise B. McCracken

Attorney at Law

Founder of Dogwood Advisors

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 1996
  • University of Kansas, B.A. 1991

Bar Admissions
  • Missouri, 2016
  • Illinois, 1996

Photo: Dilip Vishwanat, St. Louis Business Journal
Photo: Dilip Vishwanat, St. Louis Business Journal

After graduating from Notre Dame Law School and successfully practicing in New York and Chicago, Denise found her way back home and opened a law office in St. Louis where her parents, amazing nephew and three fabulous nieces also live. Since 2016, Ms. McCracken has been studying the cannabis industry and its compliance systems. In 2018, Ms. McCracken created a website to help Missouri voters better understand the three medical marijuana ballot initiatives using neutral, fact-based infographics and easy-to-read comparison charts. From its launch in late August 2018 to election day, there were over 10,000 visitors to the website. In early 2019, she founded Dogwood Advisors to serve the compliance needs of Missouri’s new medical cannabis industry.

Ms. McCracken brings seventeen years of litigation and transactional legal experience in matters governed by local, state and federal law on behalf of public bodies, private individuals and businesses. Areas of her practice that involved significant regulatory oversight include school and special education law. She appeared in federal and state courts as well as various administrative proceedings, and presented at teacher in-services and conferences. During a six year hiatus from law, Ms. McCracken devoted herself to non-profits as a full-time grant manager with responsibilities in program evaluation, strategic development, grant writing and reporting. Her experience, versatility and integrity make Ms. McCracken an asset to her clients and the evolving cannabis industry.

Ms. McCracken is a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association and the Missouri Cannabis Industry Association.

Trade Organization Memberships

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