35+ Years of Commitment

Rachel K. Gillette


Rachel Gillette focuses her practice on marijuana/cannabis business licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. She has vast experience in representation of cannabis and hemp businesses, having represented state and locally licensed marijuana and hemp businesses in Colorado since 2010.

Ms. Gillette also regularly represents clients before the IRS’s Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions, including marijuana businesses facing the challenges of IRS adjustments under 280E. She has successfully protested local, state and federal tax deficiencies in behalf of her clients, having prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. She can assist individual and business taxpayers in 280E proposed assessments, offers in compromise, audit examinations, innocent spouse claims, sales, use, and employment tax matters, trust fund tax penalty assessments, penalty abatement’s, and levy releases.

Ms. Gillette received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. During law school, she interned with the New Haven Public Defender’s office, where she developed her commitment to advocacy for those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.

Through her current work with cannabis and hemp businesses in a highly regulated industry, Ms. Gillette remains committed to ending the prohibition of cannabis at the national level and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed and regulated.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Tax Court

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut


  • J.D., Quinnipiac University, 2007
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
    • Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado NORML, Board Member and Former Executive Director
  • NORML, Legal Committee, Member
  • Women Grow, Founding Member
  • National Cannabis Bar Association, Board of Director
  • National Cannabis Industry Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Member


  • Complex magazine, “15 of the Most Powerful Women In the Weed Industry,” 2017
  • Sensi magazine, Named One of 24  “Cannabis Pioneers,” May 2016
  • 5280 magazine, “Top Lawyer”, Marijuana Law, 2016, 2017
  • Cannabis Business Executive, Listed in 100 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry, 2014
  • Cannabis Business Awards, “MVP”, 2014-2015

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