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 Principal with the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell & Guymon. 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 Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell & Guymon. Mr. Howell represents clients with respect to estate planning, probate and estate administration matters, charitable giving, and sophisticated business and tax planning matters. His practice in this area of specialty includes; 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.
The attorneys of York Howell & Guymon have been admitted to various State Bars outside of Utah, such as Nevada, Alaska, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Texas and Washington, with Mr. Howell being directly licensed in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, and Wyoming. He also continues to seek admission to additional State Bars. Mr. Howell has also earned his life and health insurance licenses in 1999 and maintains them in good standing, although he is not active in the sale of life or health insurance. He has been recognized as a Rising Star of the Mountain States Super Lawyers List in both 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017, as a Utah Business Magazine Utah Legal Elite in 2011 through 2016, named Top 100 Lawyers in Utah by The National Advocates and in 2015, as a Utah Business Magazine Forty Under 40. Mr. Howell is also the past Chairman of the Estate Planning Section of the Utah State Bar following a number of years of service on the Executive Committee. Mr. Howell is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest ranking for excellence in practice 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 & 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
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
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
Spencer Witt is a third year law student at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and will graduate this May. Currently at York Howell & Guymon, Spencer assists, as a law clerk, in the drafting of estate planning, trust administration, probate, and business transaction documents. Spencer earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from BYU. During law school, Spencer has served on the Utah Law Review as an Articles’ Editor, worked as a research assistant to several professors, and this past year as a Student Quinney Research Fellow. In the fall of 2016, Spencer interned with Judge McHugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
When not in the office or class, Spencer loves spending time with his wife, Megan. He enjoys photography, reading, hiking, and is a film enthusiast.
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 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.
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 three dogs.
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 as an Administrative Assistant for Daniel Dansie, Paxton Guymon, Lauren Johnson, and Chris Jones to assist their Paralegal with various legal matters. 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.
Jenny Mitchell joined York Howell & Guymon in 2016. She is a Legal Assistant to David R. York, and assists his paralegal in a variety of roles including estate and business planning, document control and case management. She earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing, and a Culinary Arts degree from Hinds Community College.
Jenny’s responsibilities are to support the internal office process and follow through to achieve project goals, and does so with a darling southern hospitality charm.
In Jenny’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, volunteering, taking her dog Nester on hikes and spending time with her family and friends.
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.