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Darrel J. Gardner

Darrel J. Gardner

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About Me

Darrel J. Gardner is a criminal defense lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska, representing individuals charged with federal criminal offenses.


Darrel J. Gardner has over 30 years of experience as an attorney in Alaska. Since 1997 he has limited his practice to the defense of serious, complex, or unusual felony and federal criminal cases including narcotics trafficking, sex trafficking, Lacey Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act violations, child pornography, white-collar crimes, and computer crimes.


Darrel J. Gardner has defended against charges of murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, child sexual abuse, assault, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy, and other felony crimes. He has defended cases in Anchorage, Palmer, Kenai, Kodiak, Dillingham, St. Paul, Naknek, Seward, King Salmon, Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Nome, Kotzebue, Bethel, Fairbanks, and Juneau.


Darrel J. Gardner is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Alaska and the Federal District Court for the District of Alaska. He is a founding Director and the 2014 President of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association; and, the current President of the Alaska Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Mr. Gardner was selected to The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers,® and he is Peer Review Rated “AV Preeminent”®, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell.®


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • R. James Christie III

    I enthusiastically endorse Darrel Gardner. I've known Darrel professionally for many years, and serve on the Board of Directors of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AKACDL) where Darrel serves as President. Darrel is intelligent, industrious and committed to providing zealous representation to all of his clients.


    R. James Christie Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Darrel J. Gardner

601 W. 5th Ave - Suite 800
Assistant Federal Defender
Anchorage, AK, 99501-6307



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Chapter Activity Presidential Achievement AwardFederal Bar Association2013
Rated AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant Federal DefenderFederal Public Defender Office2012 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Darrel J. Gardner2003 - 2012
Assistant Public AdvocateAlaska Office of Public Advocacy1994 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Alaska Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2014 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2013 - 2014
Federal Bar Association, Alaska ChapterPresident2012 - 2014
9th Circuit Judicial ConferenceLawyer Representative2012 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Alaska Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hess v. State, 20 P.3d 1121 (Alaska 2001)The Alaska Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Alaska Court of Appeals and reversed Hess's conviction.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
4th Annual All*Stars ConferenceChampions of Justice2014
12th Annual Federal Bar Association Leadership Training ProgramProgramming Best Practices2014