Brandon W. Gardner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC
 | 250 Monroe Avenue NW Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-207-2828
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Cannabis Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Brandon Gardner is the founder and owner of Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than eight years of legal experience, Mr. Gardner 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 and juvenile law. In addition, he is also one of the area's leading attorneys in the area of 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* from 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (30%): Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Family Law (20%): Juvenile Law

Cannabis Law (20%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency, DUI/DWI, Juvenile Law


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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About Brandon Gardner

Admitted: 2010, Michigan

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  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Bronze Medal Congressional Award Recipient.

Educational Background:

  • Graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Human Services, 2007

Industry Groups

  • Cannabis Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
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Office Location for Brandon W. Gardner

250 Monroe Avenue NW Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-207-2828

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Last Updated: 10/7/2019

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