Derek J. Connor Esq. Biography

Derek J. Connor Esq. was born and raised in Alaska where his family operated a small business. Following high school Derek served on active duty in the United States Navy from 2000-2004 aboard amphibious landing ship, USS Comstock. While serving in the Navy, Derek was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2001-2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004. Derek was honorably discharged from active duty in October 2004 and remained in the reserves until 2008.

After being discharged from active duty, Derek attended New Mexico State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, with Honors. Derek was selected to the Gamma Beta Phi academic honor society in recognition of his academic achievements while at New Mexico State.

Derek then attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he was an editor of the New Mexico Law Review, President of the Veterans Association and President of the Federalist Society. Following law school Derek worked at the civil litigation firm of Guebert Bruckner P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Derek later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to work at a boutique insurance defense firm where his practice focused on defending individuals and businesses facing litigation. Determining that he could provide better service to his clients by running his own practice, Derek founded the law firm of Connor & Connor Pllc. with his wife, Amanda, in 2012. Derek's practice has focused largely on civil litigation, business planning and providing legal advice to clients regarding Nevada’s complex marijuana laws.

Derek is licensed to practice law in Nevada and New Mexico.  Since founding his law firm Derek has appeared in numerous news outlets, trade magazines, and local publications including National Public Radio, Fox 5 News, 8 News Now, and Vegas Cannabis Magazine among others.


Amanda N Connor, Esq. Biography

Amanda N. Connor was raised in Deming, New Mexico. After valedictorian from high school, Amanda attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor's of Liberal Arts. Amanda then received a Masters in Education from the University of California San Diego, also graduating Magna Cum Laude.

While working as a dual language kindergarten teacher in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Amanda received her Masters of Administration from New Mexico State University graduating with Honors. Amanda then attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. During law school, Amanda was an editor on the New Mexico Law Review and active in several student organizations.

Since leaving law school Amanda's practice has focused on cannabis law, business formation and litigation. Amanda worked for Peifer, Hansen & Mullins, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico and for Albuquerque Business Law before starting a boutique law firm - Connor & Connor PLLC - with her husband. Connor & Connor PLLC practices in personal injury, business law, and provides legal advice regarding medical marijuana laws.

Amanda is licensed to practice in Nevada and New Mexico.

Vegas Cannabis Magazine - October 2016
Featured: Mommy, Why Are You Supporting Legal Marijuana?

Elevate Magazine - September 2016
Your Right to Grow Cannabis at Home (p.14)

Vegas Cannabis Magazine - July 2016
Legal Tips for Medical Marijuana Patients

Elevate Magazine - July 2016
Becoming Your Child's Medical Cannabis Caregiver (p.15)

Elevate Magazine - June 2016
Medicating in the Workplace (p.30)

Elevate Magazine - October 2015
Delivery is Meant for Pizza not Cannabis (p.30)

Elevate Magazine - September 2015
New Legislation Prohibits Home Extraction of Concentrated Cannabis Oil (p.30)

Newsweek - August 2015
Women in Weed: How Legal Marijuana Could be the First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated by Men

Fox 5 News (Las Vegas) - July 2015
Quoted: Las Vegas Marijuana Businesses Still on Track to Open Soon

Elevate Magazine - July 2015
Navigating the Legal Landscape (p.13)

Marijuana Business Daily - May 2015
Quoted: In Race to Open, Some Nevada Dispensaries Eyeing Home Growers for Cannabis

Pahrump Valley Times - February 2014
New Pot Laws: Cashing In Isn't Easy or Cheap


Riana Durrett

Riana Durrett Biography

Since graduating from William S. Boyd School of Law in 2008, Riana Durrett has practiced law in both Nevada and California. Durrett served as a judicial law clerk to the honorable Judge Elissa Cadish and then practiced primarily in the fields of criminal and immigration law. She changed her focus to cannabis law and advocacy in February 2015 when she joined the Nevada Dispensary Association's government affairs team.

Durrett now serves as Executive Director of Nevada Dispensary Association and outside counsel to Connor & Connor PLLC. Durrett's focus at Connor & Connor is assisting corporate clients with cannabis regulatory compliance, but she also continues to help individuals with criminal charges.