About Austin Hiatt
Experienced Cannabis Business Representation
Austin Hiatt is an experienced cannabis attorney working with Gard Law Firm, LLC since 2015. He has worked with cannabis businesses in matters related to state and local licensing, business formation, business contracts, litigation, criminal cannabis charges, and administrative violations. His experience with resolving violations and civil lawsuits for cannabis businesses informs his representation in contract and licensing matters so that problems can be avoided before they even begin.
Austin has represented clients in multi-million dollar cannabis business transactions and in some of the most difficult cannabis compliance issues. His detailed experience with the Colorado Marijuana Code has proven to be an asset where clients are pursuing novel or complicated business ideas. Compliance is always at the forefront of representation. Austin takes pride in providing efficient representation so that clients feel comfortable asking for legal advice even if when they are dealing with smaller legal matters. Because Austin assists clients with a variety of legal matters, clients get to know him personally rather than seeing a new face every time they have the need for an attorney.
While attending the University of Colorado School of Law, Austin earned merit awards for scholastic achievement. He continued his focus on client-oriented practice at CU Law, choosing coursework focused on the economics of the legal system and small firm work. His work as a law clerk after class allowed him to graduate with a strong foundation in cannabis regulation and compliance.
Austin is a Colorado native and Magna cum laude graduate from Colorado State University, earning bachelor’s degrees in Criminology with honors and Political Science. He conducted independent undergraduate research in criminology, which allowed him to see criminal issues from a sociological perspective. His research, Predictors of Fear in the Motoring Environment, used quantitative Colorado State Patrol survey data to examine demographic predictors of fear of victimization on Colorado roadways. That research reaffirmed Austin’s desire to practice law so that he could help the public navigate the unfamiliar and sometimes confusing legal system.