A seasoned litigator, advisor, mediator, and arbitrator, Gary Smith is one of the leading cannabis attorneys in Arizona, often advocating for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the industry under the Weediator and Weediation brands. Notably, he served as amici counsel to the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Arizona Supreme Court petition State v. Jones, restoring cannabis extracts and concentrates to legal status under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. He has also represented dispensary owners and investors in multi-million-dollar litigation and receivership disputes.
Smith has authored numerous articles about cannabis law, and he is commonly invited to share his expertise with professional associations and industry groups. Further, Smith is a founder and current president of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, an organization committed to educating lawyers and the public about cannabis law and responsible legislation. He also serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.
He also focuses his practice on commercial matters, construction, real estate and administrative law. He has represented a wide range of individual and institutional clients in both State and Federal courts, administrative hearings and arbitration.
Among the most well-known voices in Arizona contracting and construction law, Gary is the author of highly regarded books, manuals, and articles on the topic, including two legal treatises: The Orange Book: The Regulation of Arizona Contractors, 2nd Ed.: Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings and Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings. Additionally, he co-authored “Construction Lien Law in Arizona, A Practice Manual.”
With a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Pepperdine University School of Law: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Smith is highly skilled in ADR. He has worked on partnership disputes, construction defect, design defect, real estate purchase, employment contract breach, business purchase disputes, consumer fraud, banking and purchase contracts. Smith also has ample experience in arbitration, having handled construction design and defect, personal injury, contract disputes and professional fees. He has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association roster of neutrals for both Mediation and Arbitration and has taught ADR classes for the association.
Smith earned his Juris Doctor at the California Western School of Law. He is admitted in Arizona, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, the U.S. District Court, 9th Circuit District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.