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R. Lance Boldrey

R. Lance Boldrey



  • Hospitality
  • Gaming & Indian Law
  • Government Policy & Practice
  • Cannabis Law

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

ABA Group
Gaming/ Gambling Group

R. Lance Boldrey is the leader of the Firm's Cannabis Law Practice, representing a wide range of industry participants, from small retail establishments, to large vertically integrated players, to lenders and investors. He specializes in licensing, regulatory matters, and legislative issues, and quarterbacks Dykema's representation on real estate, corporate and M&A work, and other aspects of serving the needs of this rapidly changing industry. Mr. Boldrey's practice also encompasses Indian law, with an emphasis on gaming, economic development, and state-tribal relations. He represents tribes, developers, banks and other non-tribal businesses, as well as state and local governments, and is a frequent speaker on Indian law topics.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Boldrey served as Deputy Legal Counsel to former Michigan Governor John Engler and was responsible for all aspects of the State of Michigan's relations with tribal governments.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1995


Duke University, J.D. James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University, B.A.
  • with honors
Areas of Practice

Cannabis Law | FDA Regulatory | Gaming & Indian Law | Government Policy & Practice | Hospitality | Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v State of Michigan, ___ Mich ___ (July 30, 2004); LeRoux v Miller, 465 Mich 594 (2002).

Professional Associations

  • Federalist Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Michigan Republican Lawyers Association
  • Republican National Lawyers Association

Professional Activities and Experience

Deputy Counsel and State-Tribal Liaison, Michigan Governor John Engler (1999-2002).

IRS Allows Reduction of Gross Receipts For State-Legal Cannabis Businesses
Dykema, September 2020

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) updated a marijuana industry frequently asked questions (“FAQ”) page that provides relief to state-legal cannabis businesses. The FAQ announces that state-legal cannabis businesses can reduce their gross receipts by using an alternative accounting method under Section 471 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”)...

Unlicensed Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Must Close December 31
Dykema, December 2018

CLOSE OR BE DENIED! In a major year-end development, the Michigan Court of Claims today dismissed the last of the cases that allowed unlicensed Michigan medical marihuana facilities to operate...

Michigan Gets Recommendations for Medical Marijuana Rules, New Advisory Panel Members
Dykema, October 2017

Earlier this year, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced the formation of “work groups” to provide input as LARA adopts emergency rules to govern activities under the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). Organized around the MMFLA’s five license types, those work groups met last month...

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