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Brandon William Gardner

Criminal defense Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

4.9   11 reviews

About Brandon

Learn Brandon’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Marijuana defense, felony and misdemeanor defense, life offenses, federal offenses, probation violations, license restoration and appeals, sex crimes, drug crimes, OWI's.

    12 years

  2. Family
    40%
    Divorce, custody, child support, adoption, CPS, parenting time/custody disputes, PPOs, moves outside of 100 miles.

    12 years

Brandon Gardner founded Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC with one thought in mind: "Who is most in need of a lawyer?" The answer came to him after much thought - people facing criminal prosecution, children and young adults. He completed his undergraduate degree at California State University, Fullerton and earned his juris doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. During law school, Brandon clerked for an Ingham County Circuit Court judge, served as an investigator for the Ingham County Probate Court, served on several law student organizational boards, and worked for prominent law firms in mid-Michigan.

Brandon is admitted to practice throughout Michigan, the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. His professional memberships include the Marijuana Law Section and Children's Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for legal knowledge and ethical conduct and was selected to the Michigan Rising Stars list in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He has written several articles for the Ingham County Bar Association's "Briefs" and the Grand Rapids Lawyer and filed briefs with the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Mr. Gardner has practiced in over 30 Michigan Counties and appeared before over a hundred jurists.

Mr. Gardner is an active volunteer in the community and regularly assists the homeless, sober living groups, first responders, schools, local farms and businesses, and service members.

Licensed for 11 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Brandon

Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC
600 Monroe Ave NW Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Isadora | August 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fabulous
Brandon was wonderful. He was timely with his responses and very professional to work with. He helped make a difficult situation decidedly easier to deal with. Thanks Brandon
Posted by Sharon | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Criminal Attorney
That is what comes to me should someone ask me about Mr. Brandon W. Gardner. Brandon gave to me instantly a sense of comfort when he responded to my question on AVVO. I received a return call within an hour of posting. Scared, feeling helpless and having someone you love sitting in jail. I needed answers, reassurance, honesty even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Brandon was all that and more. He worked hard for my daughter. He brought her home. Nailed it!! I would recommend Mr. Gardner to anyone needing an amazing criminal defense lawyer. He is your guy. His staff is so wonderful. Katie was a great help. And the cost well, better than most. Thank you, Mr. Gardner, for everything.
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Posted by Dylan | June 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and diligent lawyer
Brandon was a great lawyer made sure I stayed in the loop of knowing what was going on, and was always straight forward. Did a wonderful job in my case as he got all charges dismissed! As helpful as he could be in not letting anything slip by or as you some would say, no stone unturned. 10/10
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Informed
He broke apart my case in no time and gave it to me straight. He put my Rights and best interest in front of everything.
Posted by Dan | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got both my cases dropped for marijuana.
I had 2 separate charges in two of the worst counties in Michigan,(Ottawa and Ionia) when it comes to marijuana related charges. Brandon was able to get them both completely dropped! One being a second possession of marijuana(wax) in Ottawa county, this charge was dismissed at the arraignment. In ionia county I was again pulled over and had marijuana(wax) in my pocket and got an illegal transport, that was also dropped. He was at both of the court dates and I didn't even have to see a judge in Ionia. In Ottawa County I only saw the judge once for arraignment and Brandon did the rest and got the charge dropped within 15 minutes of the judge ordering me to take a drug test. I am a MMMP cardholder, but regardless I am very certain that without the help I received from Brandon I would be in a much worse position right now.
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Posted by Justin | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy! Worth every penny!
Brandon Gardner is the man when it comes to Marijuana Law. Very knowledgeable and informed attorney. Brandon was great at putting me to ease during a stressful time. The outcome of my matter and Brandon's determination to fight for my rights far exceeded my expectations. Very thankful to have had attorney Brandon Gardner on my side. So much so I have already pointed a friend Mr. Gardner's way. If you find your self in trouble and it pertains to marijuana, there is only one lawyer to call, Brandon Gardner.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2015
Excellent Job
Mr. Brandon Gardner did an outstanding job representing me in the court of law. Before going into court he told me to add anything he may forget to tell the judge but that was not necessary. He represented me in the best way possible and did not miss a single detail. I would definitely recommend Brandon Gardner as your lawyer if you get in any legal trouble concerning marijuana.
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Posted by Dawn | October 13, 2014
Very Impressed, Very Informed, Highly Recommended!
Brandon was very knowledgable, made me feel comfortable and confident that my case was being handled appropriately. He was very quick to respond even on off hours and weekends. He answered all of my nonstop questions. He made me feel like I wasn't facing things alone and kept me informed through the entire process. He seemed to really care about the outcome of my case and never made me feel like he was there just there for the money. I would gladly refer Brandon to anyone facing a MMM related case. I truly feel he goes the extra mile not only as a lawyer but also as an educator.
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Posted by Denise | February 9, 2012
I highly recommend Mr. Brandon Gardner
Brandon Gardner was reffered to me by the Michigan State Bar Association. Mr. Gardner kept me informed on all aspects of my case. Mr. Gardner took the time to tell me what to expect through every step of the case. Mr. Gardner worked with me to keep the cost of the case reasonable. My lawsuit was against a VERY LARGE, WORLD WIDE Corporation. I would not trade Mr. Gardner for any of their Corporate lawyers. I highly recommend Mr. Brandon Gardner.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2011
One of the best up and coming lawyers in the area
What I found most satisfying about Mr. Gardner's work ethic was his dedication to finding out the details of the law pertaining to my case. He is already very knowledgeable, but his attention to detail made me feel that my case was in very capable hands. He constantly kept me apprised of progress made and was always willing to listen to my concerns and suggestions. I would recommend Mr. Gardner to anyone who values an attorney who is focused, driven, and sure to fight for his client.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!
I was facing a high BAC OWI in Ottawa county and failure to provide insurance after an accident. I have had an MIP for alcohol 10 years ago so this would be my second "alcohol related" charge. I followed all of Brandon's instructions and was able to plea to just a regular OWI charge sentencing was to include 12mo probation and alcohol counseling. The judge admitted that he was going to give me jail time, but all of the hard leg work that Brandon suggested really paid off! He is very professional, always returned my calls, gave me peace of mind, and ALWAYS showed up to all court appointments (a fear of mine to be stranded w/out my representation). This guy really knows his stuff, he be in your corner, and he will work his tail off for you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 75-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • The Gardner Law Firm, PLC
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, PC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk - Honorable Paula JM Manderfield
  • 30th Judicial Circuit Court
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2010
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • People v. Wells
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Holt
  • Deferred sentence and case dismissed.
  • People v. Grams
  • Charges dropped.
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Associations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section
  • Member, Chairperson
  • 2016 - 2017
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Thompon Reuters
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Dean's List
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2009
  • Dean's List
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • 2006
  • Bonze Medal Congressional Award
  • United States Congress
  • 2000
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Medical Marihuana Seminar
  • The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Unknown Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brandon is a great man and great attorney. I have known him for many years and would not hesitate to seek his advisement. I fully endorse and recommend this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brandon and I attended law school together, served together as officers in a law related organization, and worked together in a small business clinic in Michigan. Brandon is an articulate attorney and caring individual. Any client would be well served by his counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brandon is an extremely dedicated and driven attorney. He works diligently on matters and, as a result, achieves great outcomes for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brandon. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Gardner for quite a while and found that he not only is a competent and sharp attorney, but also an honest and compelling individual. I highly recommend him to anyone."
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Grand Rapids Criminal defense Lawyer Brandon William Gardner
Brandon William Gardner
Criminal defense Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 11 years