Laura KalesnikChief Legal Officer and General Counsel
Ms. Kalesnik is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Verano, where she is responsible for overseeing all Verano's legal activity and policy within the Company.
Ms. Kalesnik brings over 30 years of legal experience advising public and private companies across varying sectors with robust practice leading organizations through transformational moments, such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic restructuring and reorganization, financings, divestitures, spin-offs, securities offerings, and corporate governance.
Ms. Kalesnik joined Verano as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in 2021 after leaving her position as Partner at a large law firm where she supported corporations with governance and fiduciary duties, public reporting and disclosure obligations. She spent much of her legal career as Partner at several prestigious law firms, where she gained invaluable knowledge on general corporate matters.
Ms. Kalesnik received her bachelor's degree from University of Oklahoma, her master's degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University. She was named a Texas Top Rated Lawyer by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell for 2013-2015 and a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters for 2010-2019.