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Marcie Lynn Gardner

Criminal defense Attorney at Rancho Cucamonga, CA

4.9   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
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About Marcie

Learn Marcie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I routinely handle a wide range of criminal matters, including infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. My practice includes cleaning up your record (expungements, findings of factual innocence, and certificates of rehabilitation).

  2. DUI and DWI
    In addition to handling criminal DUI cases, I represent clients in DMV hearings. My DMV practice includes representation in negligent operator hearings.

  3. Juvenile law
    I handle juvenile delinquency cases (meaning when kids are facing criminal charges in court). My practice includes representing kids for all types of misdemeanor and felony conduct. My juvenile practice includes fighting fit and proper allegations (where the DA is trying to get the case transferred to adult court), as well as representing juveniles whose cases are already in adult court.

  4. Education
    My education practice focuses on representing students in expulsion hearings and appealing expulsion recommendations before local and county school boards. I have succeeded in getting students back in school in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.


Marcie Gardner is devoted to the vigorous representation of adults and juveniles accused of all types of crimes, ranging from complex murder cases to simple traffic tickets (and everything in between!). As one of the few attorneys in the area with extensive experience in both adult criminal and juvenile delinquency defense, her practice’s dual-focus has also led Marcie to develop a unique expertise representing students facing public school expulsion hearings. Through her juvenile practice, Marcie learned that very few attorneys were familiar with the ins and outs of the California Education Code. Because expulsions are occurring with increasing frequency, Marcie felt compelled to learn these procedures to help her juvenile clients outside of the courtroom. Marcie also helps clients clean up any convictions on their criminal record (expungements, certificates of rehabilitation and petitions for factual innocence).


Marcie has been a lawyer since 1997. After receiving honors for graduating in the top 5% of her UC Davis law school class, Marcie became an associate at the Los Angeles office of the prestigious law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. There, Marcie was involved in cutting-edge, complex civil litigation. Her practice was geared to defense of corporate clients. Marcie balanced out her career with pro bono cases, including guardianship matters, litigating an inmate’s federal civil rights jury trial and assisting with the investigation and drafting of a habeas petition for a death row inmate.

These pro bono matters reminded Marcie that her true passion was to fight for people whose liberties were at stake. While grateful for the high-caliber legal work she experienced at the civil firm, Marcie felt her career would be much more satisfying if she could help people facing the prospect of jail or prison rather than working on cases where company profits were the bottom line. Marcie turned her efforts back to criminal defense, the field which she fell in love with after her first high school mock trial competition at age 16.  During law school, she worked for the Federal Public Defender’s Office, the Sacramento Mediation Center, and the Prison Law Office.  For the latter, Marcie advocated for administrative relief for prisoners across the state who suffered many types of injustices while incarcerated. Thus, in 2003, Marcie formed a Rancho Cucamonga-based criminal defense partnership with another attorney. For seven years, Marcie worked tirelessly on behalf of hundreds of clients. Marcie represented adults and juveniles facing criminal prosecution in all types of cases.  She also represented students facing expulsion proceedings in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

In 2011, Marcie opened her own law office, still based in Rancho Cucamonga. Just as before, Marcie practices adult criminal and juvenile delinquency defense work. Marcie accepts each case understanding that it is not just a "case" for her clients - it can be a potentially life-changing, nerve-wracking experience for each client. For clients who want or need to go to trial, Marcie pursues a "no stone unturned" defense. For clients who prefer to resolve their cases before trial, Marcie attempts to find creative solutions while keeping her clients' priorities in mind. 



Marcie has experience in courthouses throughout San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties. Having represented clients in these areas since 2003, Marcie has built a solid reputation and maintained good relationships with judges, court staff and deputy district attorneys in these areas. By retaining Marcie as your attorney, you know exactly who your attorney is and can be confident she will use her experience, reputation and training to your benefit.


Finally, Marcie’s ties to this area are deeper than her law firm practice. She graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in political science in 1994, having co-founded the University’s first Mock Trial program and leading it to national recognition. A firm believer in community service and outreach, Marcie founded and became the first President of ieLAW – the Inland Empire Legal Association of Women. ieLAW is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated, in part, to advancing the interests of women in the community. In just a few years, ieLAW has sponsored numerous events to help struggling members of this community. For example, ieLAW has hosted holiday parties at a local shelter for abused or runaway teens, mock trials at disadvantaged elementary schools, and organized food drives for the needy. Marcie and this organization were featured in The Inland Empire Magazine in 2010.


Several years ago, Marcie developed a volunteer organization for students at a local elementary school, which she still spearheads to this day. Through this group, Marcie has assisted students in a wide variety of community projects, such as: writing holiday cards to soldiers; donating Halloween candy to charitable groups; funding a sick child’s wish through the inspiring Make-A-Wish Foundation; gathering hundreds of needed items for the Inland Valley Humane Society; donating hundreds of books, DVD’s and stuffed animals for hospitalized children; and donating over 800 pairs of shoes to the Haiti earthquake victims. Moreover, Marcie is a Board Member of a local Educational Foundation.  


These experiences have fostered a sense of compassion in Marcie which has carried over to her law practice to the benefit of her clients.


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Law Office of Marcie Gardner
10788 Civic Center Dr Ste 240
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730

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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
very professional, cooperative and transparent
I was an immigrant and got booked in a case misdemenor. Marcie helped me in getting my court date preponed and get a quicker judgement as my visa was expiring. Thank you Marcie.
Posted by Brian | January 20, 2015
Excellent Attorney on Challenging Cases. Professional, Caring, and Effective.
Our family retained Marcie Gardner to represent our Mom when she was arrested for our Dad’s mercy killing. This was an extremely complicated and challenging case for the best Attorneys out there. The DA charged our Mom with First Degree Murder. Dad was in a Nursing Home, almost completely non-responsive, and probably had weeks to live. Mom has always been an upstanding, caring person who has always gone out of her way to help others at her own expense. She has been helping Dad stay at home for decades since his disability started and always put his health before hers. She has many medical issues of her own, and is an extremely fragile Diabetic. When Dad passed away, the Police questioned Mom and she made a very damaging statement to them. In the beginning, we were not even aware that the Police were considering Dad’s death as a crime. We thought he had passed away of Natural Causes. They simply stated that they needed to ask Mom some questions. Mom’s statement combined with other evidence gave the Police cause to arrest her and charge her. We contacted Marcie after researching Criminal Defense Attorneys and reading so many positive reviews online about her. We talked to another Attorney who was significantly more expensive and not as seasoned in this type of challenging case. Marcie took the case and never looked back. She is well respected by the courts and DA office as an excellent Attorney. Marcie was always understanding, caring and patient with Mom despite often having to explain many things multiple times to make sure she understood. She never sugar coated anything and always gave multiple options. She took the time to make sure that everyone in the Family understood the options, along with the pros and cons. Over the course of 9 months trying to get the best possible outcome for Mom and the entire Family, there were several curve balls that came up from the DA. Marcie took them in stride and adapted without blinking an eye. When Mom was having serious episodes of Low Blood Sugar, Marcie went above and beyond getting the court to provide a court order to West Valley Detention Center to ensure that her medical needs were being met. Even though the Court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the jail, it was enough to get the Jail’s attention and start taking her Diabetes more seriously. West Valley consulted with her Diabetic Doctor to make sure that her Diabetes was being handled appropriately. The end result of this case was getting a reduced plea for Voluntary Manslaughter with 3 Years. That was the lowest possible term for Voluntary Manslaughter. Marcie went through extensive lengths of providing additional mitigating information and meeting with the DA to try to get the lesser charge of Involuntary Manslaughter. In spite of Family talking with the DA directly (multiple times) and Marcie putting together the best possible argument for reducing the plea (meeting face to face with the decision makers), the DA’s office was not willing to go any lower on the plea. Unfortunately, many times the DA’s decisions are driven by Politics and they don’t want to appear “soft” regardless of how many mitigating factors you put in front of them. Even though it was absolutely the only option that we would have short of taking it to trail, I could tell that this outcome bothered Marcie personally and she truly cared about Mom. She was doing everything possible to try to get Probation so she could be released. Because of Mom’s health issues, anything over 3 years had a very strong possibility of her not living to see freedom due to her Diabetic challenges. With 3 years, at least there was light at the end of the tunnel. Marcie’s costs were significantly lower than many other Attorneys. We would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone who is in need of a Criminal Defense Attorney. We wish the circumstances of meeting Marcie were different - but in spite of that our Family not only considers her an excellent Attorney, but also a Friend.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2014
Felony theft and posession
I was facing felony charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property. My family and I never had to deal with accusations or court proceedings of any kind before. Unfortunately, we went through two other attorneys who were incompetent (in my opinion) before finding Marcie! From the beginning Marcie was committed to defending my cause working late nights and weekends with me. We forged a solid partnership and shared lots of information as we built up our defense. Marcie's experience and expertise is unmatched in my opinion. Ultimately, after a year and a half and a trial the charges were dismissed and I am able to begin moving forward with my life. Marcie's representation rates are more than fair for her level of commitment and experience. Thank You Marcie for your professionalism and believing in my innocence. My family and I are in a better place today with your help.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2014
domestic violence
I was falsely accused of domestic violence, and was really worried this was going to ruin my life. I searched for a lawyer talking with many,decided on Marcie,and am so glad I did. She chose the right strategy,worked hard, and had both my charges dismissed. She was always thorough explaining to me what was going on, and always put my mind at ease. I would highly reccommend Marcie to everyone shes an amazing lawyer!!!
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Posted by Carolina | June 18, 2014
True attorney very knowledgable
I was in a very desperate situation and not only did she return my call after hours but she gave me guidance and was willing and able to appear for me and my situation at a moments notice. Honesty and true integrity.
Posted by Moses | May 23, 2014
5th DUI
Marcie is an excellent attorney she knows her stuff. I was facing two with half in the county jail . I'm the soul provider for my family Mrs. Gardner got me probation no jail time Marcie is the business ..!
Posted by Izella | May 22, 2014
Home Owner, Fontana, CA
Marcie was able to handle the City of Fontana attorney and had the charges placed against me reduced to nearly zero affect on my life. She handled everything as I could not tread through the legal process by myself. I was so relieved when she came to me and my husband with a settlement and rid the city from ever trying to impose their will on this homeowner.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2014
sexual assualt (3minors)
My case was one of extreme challenges. numerous counts, charges and plaintiffs . I felt I had no chance of proving these accusations were false but I had to fight. Marcie took on the challenge and never looked back. She stood by me and for me, every step of the way through two trials. She was always honest and when we would hit a stumbling block, she never sugar coated anything. we worked as a team and I was involved in the decision makings every step of the way. She kept my family sane which in itself, I'm sure, was a great chore. The only promise she ever made to me was that I would get the very best defense she had to give and that she would be open and honest through out the entire process . I received this and much more. No question was so insignificant that she did not take time to explain and she always returned calls from my family in a timely manor as my family nor I ever had dealings with legal issue of this type or magnitude. Her legal knowledge is amazing and her courtroom presence is awesome! I thank her for her support, kindness, diligence, honesty and professionalism. I give her the highest recommendation to anyone who need the very best. My entire case was dismissed
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2014
Knowledgeable and approachable!
Marcie represented our son who was charged with possession of marijuana while he was in college (20 yrs old). Marcie met with him, was able to explain what he could expect , kept us informed with his permission (we live out of state), and did a great job representing him in court. Whenever any of us had questions, Marcie was able to answer them quickly and clearly. I highly recommend hiring her!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2014
Great Accessible Lawyer
Marcie was the best decision our family made. Kept us informed of every and all details. Marcie was always available and didn't play phone tag with her. She gave us all the options available and went from there. She called or emailed us before she went to court. Hit and Run misdemeanor was dropped to an infraction.
Posted by Jennifer | February 5, 2014
Couldn't ask for better!
Marcie is very knowledgeable and went above and beyond in fighting for our family. She is sensitive to needs of the family, and responds quickly and fully to questions. I am 100% sure that she is the reason our case had a positive outcome. Would recommend her again and again.
Posted by Alexander | September 11, 2013
Excellent lawyer
Marcie Gardner is a very knowledgable attorney who worked hard for me to have my case resolved in the best way possible. Mrs. Gardner worked very hard for me and kept me informed the entire way through out my case. She did a great job to get my misdemeanor battery dropped to an infraction because she was able to prove to the DA/ prosecutor evidence relating to my case. She is a great attorney and I would recommend her to others and use her services again if I ever need too.
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Posted by Jim | September 6, 2013
Trespassing Cases
Ms. Gardner handled a very challenging set of circumstances exceptionally well. She represented more than 10 college students who were charged with criminal trespass while on a hiking excursion. Several of the students were not U.S. citizens, which further complicated the matter. Ms. Gardner's diplomacy with the sheriff, district attorney, and the court were all superb. Thanks to her exceptional legal research and skills, the matter was satisfactorily resolved for every student involved. I highly recommend Ms. Gardner for any criminal matter with the highest degree of confidence.
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Posted by Jing | June 28, 2013
I will recommend Ms. Gardner to anyone who needs help.
Ms. Gardener is the nicest lawyer I ever spoke to over the phone. I never met her, but she provided all the informations I needed to resolve the case without hiring her. When I offered to compensate her for the hours she talked to me over the phone, she told me "don't worry about it, that is what she does". She recommended me to use public defender to help me since it cost me more to hire her. It turned out she was right. I will recommend her to anyone who needs help. I hope every attorney is as nice as her and every attorney gives honest advice like Ms.Gardner
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2013
A Second Chance from a Compassionate, Dedicated Attorney
FINDING HOPE: I never imagined getting into trouble with the law, but the unthinkable happened when two cops showed up out of nowhere and decided to search my friend and me, finding a firearm for defense, registered but without a CCW permit. Against all odds, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in finding Marcie I was given a second chance, and upon the fourth pre-trial hearing my case was dismissed with a motion to suppress. Terrified from the beginning at the possible consequences of my mistake, I consulted with numerous lawyers, many with outrageous fees for a misdemeanor who were eager to attain my business with inflated promises. I was drawn to Marcie through Avvo and her website, called her, and from the start she was straightforward, honest, knowledgeable, reasonably priced, and confident to handle my case. She enabled me to take one step at a time, take every precaution, and pursue all options to dismiss my case, or at least reduce the consequences. RELIABLE & RESPONSIVE: Throughout six anxiety-ridden months, Marcie responded to each email and call with great consideration, care, and timeliness. To be honest, she treated me as you would expect an attorney to treat a family member who’d gotten into trouble; but, unlike in My Cousin Vinny, she knows the law, and wields its power deftly, cogently, and skillfully. There wasn’t a single time I doubted her ability, and she was always one step ahead, ready to pursue the best course of action. Much of the time she must have felt more like a therapist than a lawyer, always easing my nerves, doubts, and inquisitive mind, but she never expressed irritation or aloofness. My case always felt like her priority in dozens of emails and phone calls every step of the way, during which she remained composed and confident, yet direct with me and our options. TACTFUL & THOROUGH: My case was dragged on through several hearings due to the DA having trouble in gathering info from officers, the case detective, and so forth. During this time, Marcie gained continuances so that I would not be convicted without proper documentation, which never turned up. As it turns out, the DA was unable to discover any evidence, besides what the officers claimed, to support the search and seizure of my firearm. Marcie was extremely thorough in communicating with the DA on this matter, with whom she worked effectively. With the fourth pre-trial hearing around the corner and still no evidence, Marcie told the DA that she would file a motion to suppress for dismissal. The DA agreed, stating she would not oppose the motion, call officers in, or pursue the matter further. I can only imagine how effective Marcie’s communication must have been with the DA for such an ideal outcome. Had the case not been dismissed in ten minutes at the last hearing, she was prepared to negotiate with the DA on the next best scenario, having discussed with her the importance of my case’s outcome to my future. Thankfully, my case was so strong that the judge dismissed it immediately at the fourth hearing. A SECOND CHANCE: Overall, Marcie has given me a second chance and a way to prevent this mistake from lasting a lifetime and affecting my career, where convictions fall under great scrutiny. She was a professional attorney with knowledge, compassion, and power; a caring individual with genuine concern for me and my case; and a friend who, with the final dismissal, hugged me and urged me to stay in contact as I continue on what will be a much brighter future thanks to her perseverance, skill, and dedication. I recommend her unconditionally for any legal matter one might regrettably encounter. And now the police officer who stopped me has to live with the fact that a judge recognized his poor police work, which will reflect negatively on his duty to protect and serve, not to search and seize. With Marcie, justice undeniably prevails.
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Posted by John | May 14, 2013
Great Defense Attorney in the Inland Empire
Super friendly and personable. She helped me get my case reduced and dismissed, and made me feel comfortable even though it still is an embarrassing and shameful mistake of my past that I will never let happen again. I felt like she really cared about me as a person and not just another case. I would highly recommend Marcie to anyone that was in the same situation.
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Posted by Lisa | May 3, 2013
Marcie Gardner helped my brother get out of prison after serving 19 years in a California State Prison
my brother had been sentenced to 25 years to life on the three strike law, once the law had over turned, i started my search for a criminal Lawyer. I spoke with many, and I wasn't really satisfied with the ones I had talked to. Once I spoke with Marcie Gardner, just speaking to her, gave me a feeling of confidence and the retainer that she asked for was very reasonable. I chose to retain her services, Marcie Gardner did whatever it took to help my brother with a successful outcome of his case, and kept us informed every step of the way. The outcome turned out to be very successful and I now have my brother home where he belongs. Looking for successful results, someone who will work for you not against you, I highly recommend Marcie Gardner.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2012
Marcie Gardner is Exceptional!
Our daughter, an Honor Student, was facing expulsion after she consumed Rx medication, thinking it was an over the counter ibuprofen. She had never been suspended and was now facing expulsion. Needless to say, our Family didn't know where to turn! We decided to fight the school district's decision and we won! All charges were dropped and she returned to school. Marcie was far cheaper than the online referrals that we researched. (They wanted $5,000 up front fee just to get started). Marcie was easy to talk to and she prepared us well for what we were about to face. We'll always be grateful to Marcie.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2012
highly recommended
I had a case pending but needed to move out of the state; a friend had recommended Marcie to handle the case and I am so glad to have had her on my side! Now living on the other side of the country I was very stressed about getting my case dismissed to move on with my life. She kept me informed of all my options every step of the way! And when all was said and done she got the dismissal that I needed/wanted! I would definitely recommend giving her a call to see if she is the right fit for your case!!
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Posted by Harpreet | June 15, 2012
Excellent Services
MArcie Gardner helped me to resolve my case within few after i contacted her . She is excellent in following up and giving updates from time to time . She guided me through every little step . 100% satisfied with the services !!
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Connally & Gardner LLP
  • 1997 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • 1997 - 2006


  • UC Davis SOL King Hall
  • Law
  • 1997
  • Univ of Redlands
  • undergraduate
  • 1994


  • Claremont Educational Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Inland Empire Legal Association of Women
  • President
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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  • San Bernardino County Bar Association Bulletin
  • Representing Students at Expulsion Hearings
  • 2008
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association Bulletin
  • Key Comparisons of Adult Criminal and Juvenile Defense
  • 2007

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Marcie for several years now and would highly recommend her services and counsel. She is know for her good nature as well as her aggressive no nonsense approach which is hard to find in many lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Gardner enjoys the reputation of an experienced and ethical lawyer. She can be counted on to do what is right, and to know what is right. I have know her for some time now, and if I were in trouble, I would call her for help. If you or a loved one, or a Juvenile is in trouble, call Marcie. She will know what to do, and will do it very well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Gardner is one of the most exemplary and extraordinary attorneys that I have encountered in 24 years of practice. Despite being a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for nearly two and a half decades, I continue to learn valuable information from her posts every day. I would highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci is truly committed to helping her clients. I have personally seen that commitment first hand in the courtroom. She definitely goes the extra mile! She is a prepared, thorough, and diligent advocate. I endorse her without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After reviewing attorney Gardner's history as well as her insightful answers to questions posted on Avvo, I believe she is a trustworthy source of legal information and experience."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Gardner as evidenced by her profile is well respected within the legal community. She genuinely cares for her clients and their cases and I would not hesitate referring a client to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of knowing Marcie for a while now and I would whole heartedly recommend her. She graciously allowed me to recently work on a trial with her, it was a pleasure as well as a wonderful learning experience for me. She is not only a wonderful lawyer, but she is also a thoughtful, caring, and genuine person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Marcie Gardner to all of my clients who need representation in criminal matters. She keeps our mutual clients happy, well-informed & provides excellent representation. She knows the law, the ins and outs of the system and has a fantastic rapport with judges, prosecutors and fellow criminal defense attorneys. I endorse Marcie Gardner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had a case with Marcie, and she was fearless. A true "bulldog" (in a good way.) She's thorough, aggressive, and bright. Everything you'd want in an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marcie is an excellent attorney and gets the best results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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