Natasha Sumner is a leading authority in the field of psychedelic therapy law, serving as Senior Counsel at Husch Blackwell. She co-leads the firm’s groundbreaking Psychedelics and Emerging Therapies Practice Group, which is dedicated to navigating the legal complexities of psychedelic substances in clinical and therapeutic settings. With a career that spans over two decades, Natasha has become a pivotal figure in shaping the legal landscape for these emerging therapies.

Natasha’s journey into law began with a profound interest in the intersection of health, science, and policy. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was particularly drawn to health law and policy. Her early career was marked by significant contributions to health regulatory compliance and litigation, setting the stage for her future work with psychedelic therapies.

At Husch Blackwell, Natasha has spearheaded efforts to provide comprehensive legal guidance on the use of psychedelic substances. This includes ensuring regulatory compliance for clinical trials and advising on the legal intricacies of using psychedelics in therapeutic contexts. Her expertise is not just theoretical; Natasha is deeply involved in practical applications, working closely with clients to navigate the complex regulatory environment that governs the use of these substances.

One of Natasha’s notable achievements is her involvement in drafting amicus briefs aimed at rescheduling psilocybin and other psychedelics to make them more accessible for therapeutic use. She has been a vocal advocate for regulatory reforms that support the integration of psychedelics into mainstream medicine, particularly for treating conditions like PTSD and treatment-resistant depression.

Natasha’s commitment to advancing psychedelic therapies extends beyond her legal practice. She is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, where she shares her insights on the regulatory challenges and opportunities within this field. Her published works in leading legal and medical journals have also contributed significantly to the discourse on psychedelic law, making her a thought leader in this niche yet rapidly growing area.

Outside of her professional life, Natasha is an avid photographer with a keen eye for capturing the beauty of the natural world. Her photography often features landscapes from her travels, reflecting her appreciation for nature’s tranquility and inspiration. Additionally, Natasha is a dedicated pianist and an enthusiastic student of hand sewing, hobbies that offer her a creative outlet and a break from her demanding legal career.

Natasha is also deeply committed to pro bono work, using her legal expertise to promote equity and justice. She has represented clients in cases involving educational rights, immigration and asylum based on sexual orientation, and other civil rights issues. Her dedication to social justice is evident in her efforts to provide legal services to those who might not otherwise have access to them.

In the community, Natasha is known for her collaborative spirit and her ability to bring people together to address complex legal issues. She mentors young attorneys and law students, sharing her knowledge and encouraging the next generation of legal professionals to explore the evolving field of psychedelic law. Her leadership and vision continue to inspire those around her, making her a cornerstone of the psychedelic therapy legal community.

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