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 a lot of 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 listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. 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.
His legal practice is focused on the representation of employers in employment law matters and on general business and civil litigation. He also represents business owners and their families in connection with alleged white collar crime and other criminal investigations.
Mr. Gardiner began his legal career as an assistant district attorney for Bronx County, New York. As a law student, he interned with the corporate legal department of Rockefeller & Co., Inc., a registered wealth management and investment advisory firm.
He is active in community and professional activities. Mr. Gardiner serves as a board member of Legal Aid of Western Michigan and Ministry with Community. He is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee and the Kiwanis Club of Kalamazoo. He formerly served as a member and committee chair with the Kalamazoo Law Post and as a member of the Kiwanis Club Board of Directors. He volunteers with a number of charities related to the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo.
Honors, Awards, and Recognition
Michigan Rising Stars 2018, Employment & Labor
Kalamazoo County Bar Association
Pro Bono Committee
Civic, Cultural, and Community Activities
Ministry with Community, Member, Board of Directors
Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Member, Board of Directors
Kiwanis Club of Kalamazoo, Member
Elle is a legal assistant at Brandon Gardner and Associates, PLC. She completed her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University in 2013, double majoring in Psychology and Gender Studies. She has a thorough grasp of human motivation and social dynamics, providing valuable insight to clients as they navigate the complex system of the Michigan Courts.
Elle has been working as a legal assistant in high volume law firms for several years. She has experience in family law offices on cases such as divorce, parenting time, custody, etc. and is excited to learn more about criminal law as well as cannabusiness licensing. When not at work, Elle volunteers her time at a local no-kill cat shelter, Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary.
Mrs. Jones has extensive experience in the hospitality and medical industry. She specializes in customer service and ensures that every person who comes to Brandon Gardner & Associates is warmly greeted and comfortable. She is a native of West Michigan and has proudly worked with Mr. Gardner for the past two years.
Sheila has worked with Mr. Gardner for several years. With over 35 years in customer service positions, her expertise and passion are evident in the way she interacts with people. Her hometown is the beautiful Harbor Springs in Northern Michigan, where she loves to visit with family as often as possible. Sheila is proud of her involvement as a United States Marine Corp Key Volunteer during Operation Iraqi Freedom when her son was deployed to Iraq. Sheila's hobbies are making soy candles, cooking and baking and she loves to share and sell them! Mrs. Keller is a notary public and helps the firm run smoothly at the front desk.
Whether you or a loved one is facing a petty theft charge or want to take advantage of new cannabis business laws, the Brandon Gardner & Associates team can assist by: