Brandon W. Gardner

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC
Brandon W. Gardner
Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 2010

Education: Michigan State University College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2024
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Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC

600 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Visit website


Attorney Brandon W. Gardner is the founder and owner of Brandon Gardner & Associates in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than ten years of legal experience, he established his law firm with a mission to help those members of society who typically have the greatest need for a legal advocate. As such, he focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense, family law and juvenile law. In addition, he is also one of the area’s leading attorneys in cannabis law and cannabis business licensing.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Gardner has handled cases in more than 30 counties across the state in front of dozens of juries. During that time, he has helped secure numerous dismissals, acquittals and “not guilty” verdicts for clients accused of a wide range of felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses, including federal crimes, probation and parole violations and more. Likewise, he has represented many young people with their criminal defense as well as in matters involving emancipation, conservatorships and guardianships, and Child Protective Services cases.

In every matter, Mr. Gardner treats all he serves with respect, compassion and dignity as he addresses their questions and concerns and provides invaluable advice and counsel to help them make the best-informed decisions about the issues that affect their cases. Personable and responsive, he keeps his clients abreast of the status of their cases and remains in close contact with them until the end to ensure the best odds of success.

A 2007 graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Gardner obtained his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2010. Along with practicing before all of Michigan’s state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Gardner is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and both the marijuana law section and children’s law section of the State Bar of Michigan. Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Gardner holds an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received numerous other awards and honors from his peers, as well as many five-star reviews from his satisfied clients.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Animal Bites, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Child Support, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, DUI/DWI, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Father's Rights, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Name Change, Parole, Paternity, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Prenuptial Agreements, Probation, Prosecution, Same Sex Family Law, Sex Offenses, Slip and Fall, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Family Law
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2010, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

  • Peer rated AV-Preeminent for ethical standards and legal ability, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016 - 2018
  • Dean's List, MSU College of Law, Recorded a Dean's List commendation
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer - Rising Star, Thompson Reuters, 2017 - 2018
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Bronze Medal Congressional Award Recipient.
Educational Background:
  • Graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Human Services, 2007, 2017
Representative Clients:
  • Jake Olivas - Client rear ended a police vehicle with a .14 BAC. Charges reduced from OWI3rd to OWI2nd, balance of charges dismissed., 2021
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Cash settlement with TC Coleman Insurance agency in an insurance errors and omissions case., 2021
  • Cash settlement with Burnett & Kastran in breach of contract matter., 2022
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Domestic Relations Mediator, 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member - State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee., 2023
  • Advanced Mediation Training, 2022
  • Member - State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Policy Committee.
  • Member - Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, 2019
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Children's Law Section
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Member - State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section, 2016
  • Member - National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2014
  • Member - Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Ingham County Briefs, How the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has applied the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act to the workplace, Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act and the Casias Decision,
  • Author, Medical marijuana in the Workplace, Article explaining the Braska decision, affirming that the denial of unemployment benefits is unconstitutional pursuant to the MMMA,, 2016
  • Author, Understanding Marihuana-Infused Products, Article discussing how marijuana products such as brownies and extracts are treated under an older version of the MMMA,, 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pro bono divorce and PPO matter concerning homeless individual in abuse relationship., 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Mediation
  • Family Law

Office location for Brandon W. Gardner

600 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-366-9045


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2024

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