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 six key areas:
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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 Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Salt Lake City law firm York Howell & Guymon. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing advanced tax and estate planning strategies for high net worth clients, along with non-profit and business planning counsel.
Mr. York is a Certified Public Accountant and Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the Utah State Bar Budget and Finance Committee, and former Chair of the Utah State Bar Estate Planning Section. He has successfully represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service at all levels (Audit, Appeals, and Tax Court) and is a member of the Utah State Bar, the Alaska State Bar, the Utah Association of CPAs and the Estate Section of the Utah State Bar.
Listed as a Mountain States Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine, David York has been regularly named to Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite in the field of Estate Planning and is a Top-Rated Lawyer in Trusts & Estates with Martindale-Hubbell. York Howell & Guymon was celebrated as one of Utah’s Fast 50: Emerging 8 companies in 2016 and is ranked #1,073 on Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in America. David is co-author of Entrusted: Building A Legacy That Lasts and creator of the Experience Rivets™ Core Values card game.
Mr. York regularly speaks 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Little Heroes Foundation and Holding Out HELP, and is the former Chairman of the Primary Children’s Medical Center Planned Gifts Committee.
Outside of the office David enjoys biking, basketball, softball, photography and spending time with his wife Mindy and their five children, Emma, John, Samuel, Hudson and Avery.
Andrew L. Howell is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Salt Lake City law firm York Howell & Guymon. He focuses his practice on estate planning, asset protection planning, probate and estate administration, charitable giving, sophisticated business structuring and transactions, and tax planning.
Andrew Howell is among a select group of only eight percent of all attorneys who hold an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible ranking for excellence in legal expertise and ethical standards. He is also the past Chairman of the Estate Planning Section of the Utah State Bar following years of service on the Executive Committee.
Mr. Howell is recognized as a Mountain States Top Lawyer for 2018 by Salt Lake Magazine and as a Rising Star on the Mountain States Super Lawyers List in 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Utah Business Magazine named him among Utah Legal Elite in 2011 through 2016, and he is recommended as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Utah by The National Advocates. In 2015, Mr. Howell obtained the prestigious “Forty Under 40” award presented by Utah Business Magazine. York Howell & Guymon was celebrated as one of Utah’s Fast 50: Emerging 8 companies in 2016 and is ranked #1,073 on Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in America.
The attorneys of York Howell & Guymon have been admitted to various State Bars outside of Utah, including Nevada, Alaska, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Texas and Washington, and Mr. Howell is directly licensed in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, and Wyoming. In addition, he has been licensed in life and health insurance since 1999 and remains in good standing, though he is not active in the sale of life insurance.
When not in the office, Andrew enjoys vacationing in Montana with his beautiful wife, Candice, and their three children, Thomas, Harrison, and 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 as a board member of the Utah Land Use Institute. He was also a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Cottonwood Heights for nearly 6 years. 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 & Guymon Law Firm in 2014, where he currently heads up the firm’s Real Estate Representation Division.
Daniel Dansie has been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in real estate for 2014, 2015, and 2016. He 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
Board Member of the Food & Care Coalition, 2014 – Present
Member, Legislative Liaison Committee, Utah State Bar, 2016-Present
Christopher A. Jones’ practice covers nearly all areas of corporate, real estate and natural resources law. He has extensive experience advising clients on commercial transactions; business planning, formation and reorganization; asset protection; mergers and acquisitions; and corporate governance. Mr. Jones’ real estate experience is wide ranging and covers everything from financing and acquisition to land use, entitlements and leasing. He has assisted a variety of clients with the formation of condominium and PUD communities; development of residential, commercial, industrial and hotel projects; remediation and development of contaminated properties; utilization of tax increment financing and other economic development incentives; and the preparation of conservation easements and other real estate covenants. Mr. Jones’ real estate practice extends further into the specialized area of natural resources law, where he has experience in several disciplines including oil, gas and mining, public lands, water rights and water quality, environmental regulation and remediation.
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.
Dawn practices in the firm’s Real Estate Group, working on complex transactional matters as well as representing clients in litigation. Dawn helps clients purchase, sell, lease, finance and develop residential developments and commercial properties. She also represents clients in litigation matters, vigorously asserting and defending their rights and claims with integrity. Dawn has significant experience dealing with governmental entities, having previously served as in-house counsel with Utah’s largest land management agency for nearly a decade, as well as being an assistant attorney general in the litigation division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
Dawn has enjoyed serving on several non-profit boards. She loves photography and spending time outdoors with family, hiking, and mountain biking.
University of Arizona, College of Law, Tucson, Arizona (1993)
University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1986)
University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1985)
Rylee T. McDermott’s practice focuses primarily on aiding private clients in all of their complex estate planning needs, as well as working with tax exempt organizations, and aiding start-ups and other companies in business planning and transactions. Rylee also assists clients of large and small estates in all aspects of estate administration, probate, and guardianship matters. Rylee is currently licensed and an active member of the Utah State Bar. When not in the office Rylee enjoys spending time with his daughter, running, hosting a running podcast, and enjoying the good life.
LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law (2012)
J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (2011), High Honors, Quinney Fellow
B.A., Utah State University (2008), cum laude
Joe has successfully litigated a wide variety of complex commercial litigation cases, including cases involving fraudulent transfers, real estate matters, interference with economic relations, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and ownership disputes. Joe has also had success litigating personal injury cases, including auto collisions, medical malpractice, and premises liability. Joe has tried cases in Utah state and federal court, and will be an aggressive advocate for you. But Joe also wants to make sure that he solves your legal problems in a cost effective way.
Joe will also bring his extensive business experience to your legal issue. In addition to earning his J.D. from the University of Utah Law School, Joe has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to moving to Utah to earn his law degree, Joe worked in the Treasury Department for a Fortune 500 Company (Sabre Holdings) in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, where he assisted in a secondary equity offering, a debt placement, and a capital lease for the company’s headquarters. He also worked as a budget and financial analysis manager at Sabre, where he managed a $400 million budget.
Joe graduated first in his class in 2008 from the University of Utah Law School and was named to the Mountain States Super Lawyer and Rising Star list from 2013 through 2016. He was the recipient of the Utah State Bar’s Pro Bono Publico Young Lawyer of the Year in 2012. He wrote “The Governmental Immunity Act of Utah & the Utah Constitution’s Open Courts Clause” (Utah Trial Journal, May 10, 2013), “A Primer to the New Utah Rules of Civil Procedure” (Utah Bar Journal, Nov. 2011), and “Amendments to the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure (Interview with James Blanch)” (The Zealous Advocate (A Newsletter of the Litigation Section of the Utah Bar), Dec. 2011). He also wrote a monthly newsletter for nearly three years that summarized Utah cases of interest to the Plaintiff’s Bar. He has also given several presentations, including “The New Americans with Disabilities Act and its New EEOC Regulations” (Breakfast Briefing for Clients, 2010) and “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act” (Internal Presentation, 2009).
Ashley A. Bertoldo is an attorney at York Howell & Guymon and an active member of the Utah State Bar. She practices in the firm’s estate planning group as well as assists with business planning. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Brigham Young University and her Juris Doctor with Honors at J. Reuben Clark Law School. Outside of the office, Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and horse-back riding, especially training and competing in dressage.
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah 2016, JD (cum laude)
Executive Editor, Education and Law Journal
Trial Advocacy Team Member and Finalist
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 2013, BA
Spencer Witt is an attorney at York Howell & Guymon and assists clients with their estate and business planning. Spencer also helps clients with trademark applications and office actions, leases, and other contracts. Spencer is an active member of the Utah State Bar.
Spencer earned his Juris Doctor with High Honors at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at BYU.
Outside the office, Spencer enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and their Blue Merle Australian shepherd, Zoey. Spencer is an avid photographer, and enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (2017), High Honors
B.A., Brigham Young University (2014)
Neil Lindberg, of counsel at York Howell & Guymon, 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
Bethann Finley is a Paralegal for York Howell & Guymon and has worked with David R. York 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. Additionally, she is an avid fan of the Utah Jazz, loves to explore local restaurants, art galleries and enjoys urban gardening. Bethann also has two Boxers named Junior and Lola.
Erica Anderson has worked with Andrew L. Howell since 2008 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.
Aubrey began working for Andrew Howell in the Summer of 2014 as his Administrative Assistant, and now works as his paralegal, assisting with estate planning and complex business structuring for Andrew’s clients across the country. Prior to coming to York Howell & Guymon, she worked in the medical field for 15 years. Her nurturing nature is helpful with our clients and her calm demeanor during times of stress is helpful to her team. Her majors at The University of Utah were Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology, after a period of majoring in Biology and minoring in French.
Aubrey enjoys international travel, reading, Sudoku puzzles, making other people laugh, hiking, camping, rock-climbing, river-rafting, visiting museums, art galleries, attending theatrical events such as plays, musicals, orchestra and dance performances. She hopes to take up cycling and hang-gliding someday. When she is not otherwise occupied, she enjoys continuing her learning and gaining knowledge in the sciences, history, other cultures, religions, societies, languages, and has studied French, Spanish and Dutch in the past, though has not attained fluency.
Dallin Perry joined York Howell & Guymon as a Paralegal in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Utah Valley University. Dallin has experience in family law and currently assists one of the Partners, Stephen J. Mayfield, in areas such as Corporate and Tax law, Adult Guardianship, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration.
Dallin is an avid reader and enjoys indoor and open-water swimming; participating in open-water swimming events as often as he can.
Krystal joined York Howell & Guymon as an Office Administrator in 2015 shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah in Sociology. She now works as Senior Legal Assistant to Andrew Howell, working with his Paralegals to assist with estate planning and business structuring.
Krystal enjoys spending her spare moments at home with her husband Dustin and children, Dexter and Vera. They enjoy doing activities together like hiking, going to the movies, bowling and bike riding.
Laurie Carlyle, a native of sunny Palm Springs, California, moved to the Salt Lake Valley in 2015 with her husband and teenage son in order to live closer to her grown children.
Laurie is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has an extensive background in the hospitality industry which has prepared her for her role at York Howell & Guymon as Office Administrator. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm including front reception, scheduling, facilities, and a myriad of special projects coordination.
In her spare time, her passions include interior design, walking her 2 naughty yorkies, teaching herself crochet, digital scrap booking, and enjoying the best chips and salsa in town.
Nori is a paralegal here at York Howell & Guymon and has been assisting Eric Whiting since February 2016. She graduated from Salt Lake Community College in Paralegal Studies and has taken additional classes at the University of Utah as well. She has previously worked as a paralegal doing civil litigation before coming to YH&G. While working with Eric she has been assisting on matters such as Estate Planning, Probate, Adult Guardianship & Business Planning.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing kickball, camping with friends and family, and playing with her darling baby boy and her dog.
Giulia joined York Howell & Guymon in July of 2013, originally starting as a Scanner. Since then, she has taken on multiple positions at the firm, including Runner and Receptionist, and is now working for Stephen Mayfield. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Society & Policy at the University of Utah.
Giulia loves nothing more than to devote quality time to her friends and family. She enjoys hiking, playing her ukulele, cheering on the Utah Utes, and exploring the best restaurants in town with her best friends. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and is hoping to soon add American Sign Language to the list.
Nicole has been with York Howell & Guymon since June 2016 as a member of Andrew Howell’s team. She is one of his legal assistants, assists with preparing for upcoming meetings, and is the primary contact for scheduling an appointment on his calendar.
When not in the office, Nicole loves reading, writing, catching the latest blockbusters, and spending time with her family and friends. She is currently attending school at Utah Valley University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2017. Her goal is to one day become a paralegal on Andrew’s team.
Liz joined the accounting staff after graduating from the University of Utah in May 2016 with a Masters of Accounting – Tax Track.
Apart from work, she enjoys spending time with her three grown children and their families, including three grandchildren. She also enjoys finding and restoring antiques.
Andrea Chacin-Rivera joined York Howell and Guymon in 2016. She works as the Legal Assistant to Christopher A. Jones and Daniel C. Dansie. During her time with the Firm, Andrea has assisted in corporate matters, real estate disputes, and civil litigation.
Andrea is a current student at Salt Lake Community College and is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. Andrea is also currently serving as a member of the United States Air Force Reserves and fulfills her military duties at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, camping, fishing, and practicing martial arts.
Marsha Mann is a legal assistant who joined the law firm of York Howell and Guymon in December of 2016. During her time here, Marsha has assisted attorneys in our office with corporate legal matters, and currently assists attorneys Paxton Guymon, Lauren Parry Johnson, Dawn J. Soper and Joseph M. Schultz with corporate and litigation work.
Marsha graduated from Granite High School in 1988 and since that time Marsha has worked in the legal field for the past 24 years. Marsha has multiple years of experience as a legal assistant/paralegal practicing in bankruptcy law, family law, corporate law, estate planning and insurance defense.
When Marsha is not in the office, she enjoys spending time hiking with her puppy, golfing, skiing and working out.
Alysha Thorpe joined York Howell & Guymon in 2017. She is a Legal Assistant to Rylee T. McDermott, and assists him on matters such as estate planning, probate, guardianship, and business planning. She has prior experience as a legal assistant in litigation, workers’ compensation, and employment law.
In her spare time, Alysha enjoys prepping delicious meals for her family, spending time with the family dog and cat, tending to her garden, and exploring the mountains of Utah. She is passionate about local, sustainable food and is a regular at farmer’s markets.
Camille began working at YH&G in March of 2017 performing the pivotal role of front desk receptionist. Having worked in the hospitality business as a restaurant manager for nearly 20 years, Camille possesses the ability to operate with grace under fire, and has brought with her the firm belief that strong customer and employee relations are paramount to any successful business. Outside the office, Camille is an avid runner and cyclist, having competed in several racing events including marathons, half marathons, and triathlons, often placing in her age group. She enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful mountains of Utah, where she was born and raised, and is a general lover of the outdoors. Above all, she loves spending quality time with her family and friends, and tirelessly chasing after her spirited 1 year old son, Calder.
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, Washington state, 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 have been crowned: Best for Estate, Tax, Business and Asset Protection Planning – Utah|
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.