Jean E. S. GonnellPartner

Jean E. S. Gonnell is an attorney whose legal career has been dedicated exclusively to cannabis law. She began working with marijuana clients in 2010, became a licensed attorney in 2012, and has since built a career representing cannabis business owners, investors, and other associated individuals and entities with litigation, regulatory, licensing, and compliance issues.

Her experience in cannabis law has allowed her to work with businesses ranging from small marijuana cultivation facilities to large hemp farms, independently owned and operated dispensaries to national marijuana dispensary brands, and minimal equity investors to wealthy investment groups. Her work has been featured in many news outlets including the Denver Post, Colorado Springs Independent, Westword, Fox 31 News, and ABC Denver 7.

She has worked with law firms of varying size and as a business owner, operated her own solo practice. She has advised clients on cannabis business matters in Colorado, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Washington, and Canada to name a few. In addition to Colorado, she is also a licensed attorney in Arizona and has a pending application in North Carolina.

When not tirelessly working with clients, she enjoys spending her time relaxing along the Carolina coast with her family and dogs.


Legislative Changes Significantly Impact Ownership and Financing of Colorado Marijuana Businesses
Colorado Bar Association – Business Law – November 2016

Colorado’s Emerging Medical Marijuana Legal Framework and Constitutional Rights
The Colorado Lawyer – November 2011


Marijuana: Shop Drops Challenge to Pot-Hating Town Amid Fears of Overzealous Enforcement
Westword – January 2015

Colorado Attorney General to Approve New Rules for Marijuana Edibles

Legislation Implementation Work Group
Colorado Dept. of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division – 2016 Legislative Session

Denver Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division
Cannabis Law Speaker – Barristers After Hours

Ask the Cannabis Experts Convention and Symposium 2016
Speaker – National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce

Marijuana Business Legal Considerations
National Business Institute – Lecturer/Instructor

Cannabis Professional Advancement Series
Speaker – September 2016


University of Colorado at Denver
Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

University of Denver – Sturm College of Law
Juris Doctor

States of Current Practice

Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina (pending reciprocity certification)