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Rachel K. Gillette

Rachel K. Gillette


Business Law and Tax Lawyer
Holland & Hart LLP
Denver, CO
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Attorney Biography

A leading cannabis-focused lawyer, Rachel helps clients nationwide proactively plan and implement strategies to capitalize on strategic business opportunities.

At the vanguard of the retail marijuana industry, Rachel leverages more than a decade of experience guiding clients to establish, expand, and protect profitable businesses in a rapidly-evolving legal, regulatory, and financial environment.

From years of interacting with regulators and taxing authorities Rachel knows how state and local provisions will be applied in practice and what clients can anticipate at every step of the licensing process and beyond. She vigorously protects clients’ interests in tax audits and deficiency assessments at the state and local level, as well as IRC §280E adjustments.

Clients value Rachel’s ability to distill complex, often overwhelming information, into a prioritized plan of action. As a strategic advisor, she helps clients prepare and get positioned to seize opportunities, like starting operations in newly legalized states, scale businesses into multiple jurisdictions, or launch new brands and products.

Rachel’s clients range from individual entrepreneurs and investors, to start-ups to publicly traded companies with operations in one or multiple states in cannabis and cannabis-adjacent businesses. Domestic and international entities exploring cannabis business opportunities turn to Rachel for pragmatic, industry-savvy counsel as they evaluate potential options. Rachel also serves as an expert witness on legal and regulatory issues involving hemp, marijuana, CBD, and other cannabinoids.

Before she joined Holland & Hart, Rachel was a partner at Greenspoon Marder, serving as Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law practice and as a member of the Management Committee.


Practice Areas

 
Business Law (65%)
 
Tax Law (35%)

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Bar Licenses

Colorado State Bar
Colorado
Member in Good Standing
2008

Connecticut State Bar
Connecticut
Member in Good Standing
2007

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Work Experience

Holland & Hart LLP
Partner & Leader, Cannabis Industry Group
2021Present

Greenspoon Marder LLP
Chair, Cannabis Practice Group
20162021

Rachel K Gillette LLC, a cannabis focused law firm
Founder
20102016

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Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Juris Doctor
2007

University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Cer
2004

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Associations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Legal Committee
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
20022021

Founding Member
INCBA
20172021

Member
National Cannabis Industry Association
2015

Executive Director
Colorado NORML
20112016

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Awards & Honors

Chambers & Partners
2021

Outstanding Women In Business
Denver Business Journal
2021

Women of Weed
High Times
2019

Cannabis Trailblazer
National Law Journal
2019

Cannabis Trailblazer
National Law Journal
2018

Cannabis Law Report
Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers

Barrister's Choice
Law Week Colorado

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Commercial Recognitions

Community Leadership badge
Recognized for Community Leadership
Lawyer Legion
2022

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion
2022

The Best Lawyers In America
2022

The Best Lawyers In America
2022

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Contact Rachel K. Gillette

Rachel K. Gillette
Holland & Hart LLP
555 17th Street Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80202
www.hollandhart.com
Office: 303-295-8241
Fax: 303-416-4430

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Nonprofit Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.


NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.


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