The Lockwood Team
John M. Lockwood is the founding attorney of the Lockwood Law Firm in Tallahassee, Fla. John specializes in the alcoholic beverage, cannabis, casino gaming, and health care industries. He is regularly cited by Florida news publications as a gaming and regulatory law expert, and has also been named to Florida Super Lawyers and to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.
John is known for his ability to formulate legal and public policy strategies to seek favorable outcomes for his clients. Companies seek John’s counsel because he is known to effectively organize complex situations while maintaining a keen sense of the client’s business and a profound interest in their success. He maintains a large regulatory practice in front of Florida executive branch, including the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Health, Department of Revenue and the Agency for Health Care Administration. John’s presence in front of these legislative, legal and regulatory bodies allows him to form strong relationships with regulators to ultimately achieve clients’ goals.
Prior to founding his private practice, John was an attorney at the Florida Attorney General’s Office and a judicial law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal.
He graduated cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law and received his Bachelor of Science from Troy University.
He resides in Tallahassee with his two Labradors, Charlie and Rose.
Prior to joining the Lockwood Law Firm, T.J. represented several regulatory agencies, including the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Department of Health. This experience in the public sector allowed him to form a unique understanding of the inner workings and decision-making processes of regulatory agencies. He uses this unique understanding to form effective strategies to avoid or resolve disputes with regulatory agencies.
T.J. graduated magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law and earned his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Missouri State University.
T.J. resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Khanty, and daughter, Malia. In his spare time, T.J. enjoys playing soccer, traveling and whiskey.
Prior to joining The Lockwood Law Firm, Devon practiced law in Washington, D.C., at two of the nation’s leading law firms. During that time, she represented large companies and foreign-sovereign clients in complex civil litigation at the trial court and appellate level, and also represented corporate policyholders in negotiations and litigation related to complex insurance coverage.
Devon graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a winner of the Hinton Moot Court Competition in brief writing and oral argument.
Devon received dual Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, cum laude, from the University of Florida in International Economics and Spanish. She attended the University of Florida as a National Merit Scholar and was a member of the Honors Program.
Devon is licensed to practice law in Florida. She resides in Tallahassee with her energetic rescue dog, Layla. She loves food and cooking, has traveled to more than 30 countries, and is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Angela Chiang is an attorney who has experience working for state regulatory agencies including the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Department of Health. Angela began her career at the Department of Health where she prosecuted professional licensee violations of state laws and administrative rules and developed a passion in regulatory law. Angela represented the Department in all aspects of professional license discipline including litigation preparation and settlement negotiations. Angela’s work in the public sector has afforded her the opportunity to understand the practicalities of Florida’s Administrative Procedure Act and inner workings of regulatory agencies.
Angela graduated from Stetson University College of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. While in law school she was a legal intern at the Fifth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, the City of Largo, and Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.
Angela is an active member of the Junior League of Tallahassee and enjoys volunteering, traveling, and attending Pure Barre classes in her free time. She resides in Tallahassee with her dogs, Marley and Jessie.
Christian Bax served as Florida’s chief medical marijuana regulator for over three years. As Director of the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use, Bax oversaw the development of Florida’s medical marijuana use registry, implemented the state’s patient identification card program, and assembled the Department’s medical marijuana inspection and compliance team.
Christian is member of ASTM’s D37 subcommittee on cannabis and is the lead cannabis advisor for the International Accreditation Service. He frequently presents on cannabis regulatory issues and has advised municipalities, Fortune 500 companies, and a wide range of investors and business leaders on both state and national policy relating to cannabis and hemp. Christian has also published articles on cannabis regulation in numerous publications including the Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, Florida Today, the Fort Meyers News-Press, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Cannabis Industry Journal.
Christian earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Alabama, a juris doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.