About Jeffrey S. Gard

Jeffrey S. Gard

Jeffrey Gard

Repeatedly Voted One of the Best Lawyers

Jeffrey S. Gard is experienced in cannabis/hemp business matters, litigation and criminal defense. Jeff is widely considered one of the country’s leading cannabis attorneys and regularly teaches other attorneys about this emerging area of law.

He represents numerous medical cannabis patients, doctors and cannabis businesses from all over the country and co-authored a book on Colorado cannabis Law titled “Medicolegal Aspects of Marijuana: Colorado Edition,” published March 2015. Jeff advises state, federal and local governments in their development of cannabis business regulations and was appointed by the state of Colorado to participate in the rule-making progress, which is considered the “gold standard” for regulated cannabis.

Jeff has been voted by his peers as one of the top cannabis lawyers in Colorado, as published in 5280 Magazine. Jeff is recognized as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and one of the Ten Best Colorado Criminal Law Attorneys by American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Gard Law Firm has repeatedly been voted the Best Law Firm in its hometown, Boulder, Colorado in both the Boulder Weekly and Colorado Daily newspapers.

Well Respected By Peers & Clients

Jeff is a tenacious litigator whose skill and dedication earns him the respect of his colleagues, judges and clients. Based on his reputation for meticulous preparation and well-honed trial skills, Jeff is often hired by fellow attorneys to help with cases where settlement has failed and the case must be taken to trial. He has litigated hundreds of cases, many through trial, in both state and federal courts. Jeff also successfully litigated and argued cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. In one case, the Colorado Court of Appeals selected Jeff to conduct oral argument at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law so that the students could observe oral arguments in pending appellate cases.

Jeff's Background

By way of background, Jeff is a Colorado native and a Cum Laude Philosophy graduate from the University of Colorado, where he also was elected Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest honor society. While attending the law school, Jeff won the William De Souchet Award for best individual performance in trial advocacy and won a multi-state moot court competition during his first year of law school. After graduation, Jeff accepted a position with Sanderson & Associates (later Sanderson & Gard), a respected litigation firm in Boulder, Colorado. Jeff later formed his own firm and moved the office to downtown Boulder.


Jeff is one of the first cannabis attorneys in the Country and is widely considered one of the country’s leading cannabis attorneys. Over the last several years, Jeff has been working with the U.S. Congress to assist with an analysis of the Federal Code to determine the various areas which are impacted by the state cannabis laws in hopes of reconciling state and federal law in the near future.

Jeff now shares his knowledge and experience with other attorneys and has given several lectures on various aspects of cannabis law.


Jeff’s extensive experience as one of the country’s first cannabis attorneys makes him one of the most sought after experts in the field of cannabis law.  He has been hired as an expert witness in cannabis legal malpractice actions in situations where the attorney’s mistake and sometimes unethical behavior harmed their client. 

Jeff can quickly analyze the situation and evaluate the offending attorney’s work.  He has also been qualified in District Court as an expert in cannabis law and regulations. Learn more about Jeff’s extensive experience and expertise.

Jeff In the News

Cannabis law is a hot topic and Jeff is often interviewed regarding various legal changes in print, radio and television.