Derek J. Connor Esq. Biography
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.
Vegas Cannabis Magazine – June 2015
"Marijuana Patients and Firearms" – Page 44
National Public Radio – July 2014
"New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints"
Las Vegas Sun – October 2013
"Big Money Clamoring for a Piece of Nevada's Medical Marijuana Pie"
Las Vegas Sun – August 2013
"Captured on Camera: Men Point to Video as Proof of Misconduct by Metro Police"
Fox 5 News – May 2013
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Closer to Reality in Nevada
Amanda N Connor, Esq. Biography
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.
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
David Gardner Biography
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 Biography
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.