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.


Related links:

Elevate Nevada Magazine – June/July 2015
“How To Become Your Child’s Medical Marijuana Caregiver” – Page 19

Vegas Cannabis Magazine – April 2015
“Medical Marijuana Patient Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts” - Page 22

“The Law, Policy, and Reform”
NCIA Cannabis Business Summit – July 1, 2015

“Navigating the Legal Minefield of Medical Marijuana”
The Money Show – May 2015

“Business Law, Civics, and Legal 101”
Oaksterdam University – 2015

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.

David Gardner Biography

David Gardner was born in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007 magna cum laude and then attended the William S. Boyd School of Law. While in law school, David was fortunate enough to extern for Chief Judge Nakagawa in the Federal Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada.

David currently practices in personal injury, business law, business formation and cannabis law but also has experience in construction defect, complex litigation, bankruptcy and contract negotiation and review.

David is married to Melissa and is the proud father of four. When he is not at the office, David likes spending time with his children and watching John Wayne movies.

In addition, David was elected to represent Nevada State Assembly District 9 in the 2014 election.

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.