On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a public reprimand of attorney P. Gail Brashers-Krug.

The case is entitled “Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. P. Gail Brashers-Krug,” with case number 24-0381.

According to records from the Board, Brashers-Krug was administratively suspended from practicing law in Iowa in September 2022 for failing to comply with continuing legal education and registration requirements. In March 2023, a Chicago law firm requested a certificate of good standing for Brashers-Krug from the Iowa Supreme Court Clerk’s office but was informed a certificate could not be issued due to her suspension.

An investigation by the Board found that Brashers-Krug had continued practicing law and holding herself out as an attorney while suspended. Her LinkedIn and Facebook profiles listed her job as General Counsel for Justice Cannabis Company, where she admitted undertaking legal functions. However, Brashers-Krug claimed she had not practiced law within Iowa itself.

In response, Brashers-Krug acknowledged neglecting to maintain her license but attributed this to grief over the sudden 2020 death of her young adult child from mental health issues. She stated her work as General Counsel was limited to the eight other states where Justice Cannabis operates, and not within Iowa.

While accepting her personal difficulties, the Board determined Brashers-Krug’s ongoing practice of law while suspended violated ethics rules. She was issued a public reprimand. Under Iowa rules, Brashers-Krug has 30 days to file an exception to the reprimand before it becomes final.

The reprimand has been submitted to the court clerk, along with evidence of service and a statement indicating that Brashers-Krug has not filed any exceptions within the specified timeframe. As a result, the Supreme Court has mandated that the reprimand of P. Gail Brashers-Krug be recorded as a public document in the court’s records.

According to LinkedIn, Brashers-Krug is a Chief Legal Officer at Justice Cannabis Co. She graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1994.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.