At York Howell & Guymon, we recognize that we live in a complex, complicated World. Long gone are the days of generalists. Individuals, families, and businesses need professionals who concentrate on specific areas and who stay on the cutting edge in an ever-changing landscape. York Howell & Guymon is a boutique law firm focused in five key areas:
When it comes to my personal estate planning, protecting my assets, and caring for my family, I trust York Howell & Guymon.
After we had our first child, we wanted to make sure we planned for his physical and financial well-being, should anything ever happen to us. Through their Estate Planning services, York Howell & Guymon provided us with the peace of mind we needed. The process was simple, yet extremely thorough. We would absolutely recommend York Howell & Guymon!
I have worked with York Howell & Guymon on a number of varied projects over the year dealing with Estate Management, Tax Issues and Business Organization. I have not only felt the service and work product has exceeded expectations, I have also enjoyed the process. I enjoy working with York Howell & Guymon. How many attorneys can you say that about?
The Attorneys at York Howell & Guymon have a tremendous skill set of communicating effectively and making complex ideas understandable and effective in an ever changing legal world. Their tax planning strategies have helped my clients avoid millions of dollars in over payment of taxes. I would highly recommend, and am happy to say I am a client of, York Howell & Guymon, for my personal and business planning.
York Howell & Guymon has helped us think through all of the pitfalls that might lie ahead on the roads we have chosen. Whenever I have a business decision to make, York Howell & Guymon’s attorneys are my most trusted advisers.
David R. York is a Principal with the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell. David practices law in the areas of estate planning, tax, business planning, and non-profit entities. He is a Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP). David has extensive experience in designing and implementing advanced tax and estate planning strategies for high net worth clients. David regularly speaks to public groups and professional organizations on estate planning, tax planning, business entities, succession planning, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, charitable giving techniques, charitable entities, asset protection, defective grantor trusts, and other sophisticated tax and estate planning strategies. David has successfully represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service at all levels (Audit, Appeals, and Tax Court). David is a member of the Utah State Bar, the Alaska State Bar, the Utah Association of CPAs, and the Estate Sections of the Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is the past Chair of the Utah State Bar Estate Planning Section and currently serves on the Utah State Bar Budget and Finance Committee. David has been regularly named to Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite in the field of Estate Planning and as a Mountain States Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine. He was recently selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts & Estates with Martindale-Hubbell.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Little Heroes Foundation, Holding out HELP, and was a founding Trustee of The PI Fund, which is a Donor Advised Fund that has distributed over $70 million to various charities since its’ inception. He is also the former Chairman of the Primary Children’s Medical Center Planned Gifts Committee.
David lives in Cottonwood Heights, Utah with his wife Mindy and their five children, Emma, John, Samuel, Hudson and Avery. He enjoys running, biking, basketball, softball, and photography.
Andrew L. Howell is a Principal with the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell. Mr. Howell represents clients with respect to estate planning, probate and estate administration matters, charitable giving, and sophisticated business and tax planning matters. He has continued to develop his practice in this area of specialty, including assisting clients in the preparation and review of trusts and wills, instruments for charitable giving, and various other estate and family planning documents. Mr. Howell assists in planning and structuring business organizations, stock and asset sales and purchases, buy-sell and shareholder agreements, and other business buy-out and business succession planning.
Mr. Howell has earned his life and health insurance licenses in 1999 and maintains them in good standing although is not active in the sale of life or health insurance. He is currently a member of the Utah State Bar, Idaho State Bar, Arizona State Bar, Texas State Bar and the Wyoming State Bar. Mr. Howell continues to seek admission to additional areas of the western United States as the world is getting smaller and smaller and licensure in one state is insufficient. Mr. Howell was also recognized in the Utah Business Magazine as one of the Utah Legal Elite in 2011, 2012, 2013 and just again in 2014, as well as a Rising Star of the Mountain States Super Lawyers List, 2010. Andrew currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Estate Planning Section of the Utah State Bar. Mr. Howell is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.
When not in the office, Andrew enjoys vacationing in Montana with his beautiful wife, Candice, their two boys Thomas and Harrison, and their daughter Madeline. He is also an avid fly fisherman, hunter and skier and loves to be outdoors with his family.
Paxton R. Guymon’s law practice spans all areas of real estate law, including a wide variety of real estate litigation matters, land use and zoning, subdivisions, land acquisitions and development, real estate finance, condominiums, owners associations, and real estate transactions. He has successfully represented real estate developers, lenders, brokers, agents, and concerned citizens in numerous land use, zoning, regulatory, and other real estate matters. Mr. Guymon has taught seminars for the National Business Institute on topics including Real Estate Litigation in Utah, and Evictions and Landlord-Tenant law in Utah. He also speaks regularly at conferences sponsored by the Utah Land Use Institute and the Utah Association of Realtors. Mr. Guymon has been selected as one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine, as well as a top real estate lawyer in the Mountain States Super Lawyers magazine.Mr. Guymon has served as the Chair of the Real Property Section of the Utah Bar, and is a board member of the Utah Land Use Institute. He is also a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Cottonwood Heights. Before law school, Mr. Guymon was a licensed real estate sales agent, and has been actively involved with real estate matters ever since.
Mr. Guymon is a graduate of the University of Utah (Honors B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1995) and the University of Utah College of Law (J.D. 1998) where he was elected to the Order of the Coif (top 10% of graduating class) and served as an editor of the Utah Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Guymon served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Justice Leonard Russon on the Utah Supreme Court. Mr. Guymon joined the York Howell Law Firm in 2014, where he currently heads up the firm’s Real Estate Representation Division.
Neil Lindberg, of counsel at York Howell, P.C., practices land use and local government law. For 40 years, first as a city planner and then as a lawyer, he has helped private and public clients address myriad land use and development matters, including project permitting, impact fees, nonconforming and conditional uses, takings, transferable development rights, and regulation of group homes. He has prepared numerous development agreements and has overhauled entire development codes.
His extensive, hands-on, understanding of planning, zoning, and real estate development from both public and private perspectives provides the basis for pragmatic, cost effective solutions to land use problems. After a decade working as a city planner for local government, he practiced land use law at a prominent Maryland firm in suburban Washington, D.C. Thereafter, in addition to maintaining a private law practice, he was Municipal Council Attorney for Provo, Utah, for 14 years and for the last three years served as counsel to the Salt Lake City Council. He is on the board of the Utah Land Use Institute and is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences.
Mr. Lindberg obtained B.A. and Master of Public Administration degrees from Brigham Young University and received a J.D. from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School where he was a member of the Board of Advocates (Moot Court). He is a member of the bars of Utah, Maryland, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Areas of Practice:
Land Use Law
Local Government Law
Washington, D.C., 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
Brigham Young University
Utah Impact Fees (in Development Impact Fees in the Rocky Mountain West), The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Denver, Colorado, 2006
Daniel Dansie represents clients in a wide variety of land use and real estate matters in Utah and Idaho. His experience includes the purchase, sale, and leasing of real estate; planning and zoning matters; construction and development issues; boundary, title and lien disputes; foreclosure and post-foreclosure matters; and real estate financing issues. When disputes arise, Dan takes a vigorous, solutions-oriented approach to litigation based on strong trial and appellate experience. Dan is a member of the real property sections of the Utah and Idaho bars.
Dan graduated with highest honors from the University of Utah College of Law and was awarded the Order of the Coif. He is also a graduate of Brigham Young University.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Jones is a graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College where, in addition to his law degree, he was awarded a Certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Jones earned a BA in Journalism from Brigham Young University.
Utah Bar – 2004
California Bar – 2000
Utah Business Magazine – Utah Legal Elite in Corporate Law & Transactions
Utah CCIM Excellence Awards – Top Performer
Christopher lives in Draper, Utah with his wife Kristen and their four children Abby, Danny, Mike and Ellie. He enjoys skiing, cycling, baseball and astronomy.
Lauren Parry Johnson is a litigator admitted to practice in Utah and Idaho. Lauren concentrates her practice on civil litigation, arbitration and appellate briefing of real estate, commercial, contracts and general business disputes.
Sarah M. Hall is an attorney with York Howell, LLC where her practice is concentrated in the areas of complex estate planning and estate administration which encompasses the areas of tax planning, business planning, succession planning for closely held businesses, and asset protection. As a pilot and member of AOPA, Sarah also specializes in aviation ownership, management, and business structuring for aircraft-related entities.
Erica Anderson has worked with Andrew L. Howell for nearly 7 years and has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Social Work. Erica has assisted Andrew in preparing estate and business planning documents for clients located throughout the nation. Erica also assists Andrew with probate filings, as well as the preparation of complex trusts and gifting documents related to estate and family planning.
When not in the office, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband, Shade, and their children, Cedar and Olivia. She and her family try to spend as much time as possible hiking, backpacking and camping in the beautiful Wasatch mountains and desert of southern Utah with their dog, Jambi.
Brianne is a recent graduate of the University of Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. She is currently the principal harpist with the Salt Lake Symphony. Brianne has worked with David and Andrew for four years, starting out as a runner at their previous law firm and eventually working her way up to a legal assistant position. She now assists Andrew with complex estate planning, business structuring and litigation matters.
Brianne was also recently selected by the Salt Lake Bees minor league baseball team as one of their respective Honeybees. Other than music and sports, one of Brianne’s biggest passions is animals; she is a frequent supporter of The Animal Rescue Site and enjoys spending her free time with her Shih Tzu-Maltese, Rex.
Adrienne will soon graduate from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She has worked for York Howell since May 2013, starting out in reception at the front desk. She now works as David’s administrative assistant, working with his paralegals to assist with estate planning.
In her free time, Adrienne loves to explore downtown Salt Lake in a search to find the best bookstores and coffee shops in the city. She is also teaching herself to knit and enjoys graphic design, jazz music and collecting vintage records and books.
Bethann Finley is a Paralegal for York Howell & Guymon has worked with David R. York for since 2002. During this time Bethann has assisted David and his clients in preparing complex estate and business planning documents, foundation filings with the IRS, tax returns and adoptions.
Bethann is an active member of the Huntsman Hometown Heroes, which raises money for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation by running marathons, half marathons and century bike rides, an avid fan of the Utah Jazz, exploring local restaurants, art galleries and urban gardening. Bethann also has two Boxers named Junior and Lola.
After sending her youngest son off to the University of Utah, Leslie Jensen joined our team in June in order to provide administrative assistance and support to the legal staff. This includes maintaining the firm’s accounting records, coordinating office and facility services, and generally anything else that helps keep the legal staff focused on serving their clients.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys playing a competitive game of Catch Phrase with her family, searching for the best Mexican food restaurant in the Salt Lake area, and taking long walks with her two-year old rescue dog, Molly.
Lacey Ellen Kniep is a recent graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Lacey joined our team in June as the front desk receptionist before moving on to assist David’s legal team. A few short months with York Howell & Guymon leaves her eager to learn more about legal professions, specifically paralegal. Lacey loves writing, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and pets. Her latest aspiration is training for triathlons, and she hopes to compete in an ironman in the near future.
Alisha Scow is a Paralegal with the law firm of York Howell. Alisha has worked with David York for nine years. During this time, she has assisted David and numerous clients with preparing estate planning documents; business structuring, organization, compliance; and tax related matters. In particular, she has assisted David with establishing many different charitable organizations and often donates her time and talents to those causes.
Alisha enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyson, and their two children. She also enjoys hiking and vacationing with her family.
Ashley Wasden is a legal assistant who joined the law firm of York Howell and Guymon in March of 2014. During her time here, Ashley has assisted attorneys in our office with corporate legal matters, and currently assists attorneys Paxton Guymon, Daniel Dansie and Lauren Parry Johnson with litigation work.
Ashley graduated from the University of Utah in 2010, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. During her senior year at the University of Utah, she completed a legal internship with a criminal defense litigation firm discovering her passion for the law. After graduation, she accepted a job at the criminal defense firm where she started out as a document runner, and worked her way up to a legal assistant position.
When Ashley is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and friends in the Wasatch Mountains camping and rock climbing.
At York Howell & Guymon, our sole focus and objective is to provide the best estate, tax, business and asset protection planning in the Intermountain West. In order to accomplish that, we set a high standard for every attorney who works at our firm.
Every year, attorneys are required to attend educational courses to maintain their licenses. Most attorneys in Utah stay right here to get that education. The training here in Utah is good. In fact, attorneys at York Howell & Guymon regularly teach these kinds of classes. But we also realize that if you want the absolute best training, you have to go to national conferences which focus exclusively on a particular area of practice. That’s why each attorney at York Howell & Guymon attends the top rated national tax and estate planning courses every single year. If you want to be the best, you need to learn from the best.
We live in a mobile society and many people have family members, businesses and assets in a variety of locations. Each attorney at York Howell & Guymon is licensed in multiple States and they study the laws of each of those States, so they can take care of all of your needs. Attorneys at York Howell & Guymon are licensed to practice law in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Alaska, Texas, New York, Wyoming, and California, as well as the US Tax Court.
We would like to congratulate Paxton Guymon for being named one of the top 100 lawyers in the entire mountain states region by Super Lawyers magazine!
York Howell & Guymon
6405 South 3000 East, Suite 150
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
Our offices are located in the Cottonwood Corporate Area and are connected to Cafe Trio on the opposite (East) side of that building. To access our building, take I-215 to the 6200 South exit and proceed East on 6200 South toward Big Cottonwood Canyon. Go past 3000 East and turn right (South) approximately one block past 3000 East as soon as you pass the Powder House Ski Shop and Starbucks. Proceed past the building with Starbucks and our office is the next building on the right. Reserved parking is available in front of our space and we are located on the left (South) side of the building on the first floor.
If you are heading North on 3000 East, prior to 6200 South turn right (East) immediately after the Courtyard by Marriott and go past Cafe Trio and pull into the parking lot immediately behind (East) of that building.
If you are heading West on 6200 South, turn left (South) approximately one block prior to 3000 East prior to the Powder House Ski Shop and Starbucks. Proceed past the building with Starbucks and our office is the next building on the right. Reserved parking is available in front of our space and we are located on the left (South) side of the building on the first floor.