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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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 of the Salt Lake City law firm York Howell & Guymon, the fastest growing law firm in Utah. Mr. Howell holds an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has built a successful practice throughout the United States with respect to estate planning, asset protection planning, probate and estate administration, charitable giving, sophisticated business structuring and transactions, and tax planning. Additionally, he is passionate about, and regularly assists clients with, family legacy planning, stock and asset sales and purchases, buy-sell and shareholder agreements, and business buy-out and business succession planning. Mr. Howell’s practice has a specific focus on ultra-high net worth families and business owners.
Mr. Howell has given years of service on the Executive Committee of the Utah State Bar since becoming a member of that Bar in October of 2002. In recent years he has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and Chairman of the Estate Planning Section of the Utah State Bar.
As Program Chair of the Estate Planning section of the Utah State Bar, Mr. Howell spearheaded an increasing quality of CLE in Utah by bringing in renowned experts in the estate planning, tax planning and asset protection planning fields. This practice continues and has dramatically increased the quality of legal education being provided to Utah attorneys.
In addition to being a member of the Utah State Bar, Mr. Howell is an active member of the Idaho State Bar (admitted 2010), Arizona State Bar (admitted 2011), Texas State Bar (admitted 2013), and Wyoming State Bar (admitted also 2013), and his admission to these jurisdictions are in good standing, and compliant. Mr. Howell continues to seek admission to other states due to the fact that estate planning has become a multi-state practice.
Mr. Howell is a leader at the forefront of responding to the industry-wide shift in estate planning resulting from client demand for a more holistic approach to wealth transfer. He assists his ultra-high net worth clientele in creating dynamic estate plans, focusing on what they can do to increase harmony and purpose in their planning. His writing has been featured in the May 2017 issue of Trusts and Estates Magazine. He is also the co-author of Entrusted: Building a Legacy That Lasts, which features seven core disciplines of successful wealth transfer of high-net-worth families going back hundreds of years. He recently finished co-authoring a follow-up book Riveted: 44 Values That Change the World (to be published 2018). Entrusted has been very well received by the estate planning community and has led to recent speaking engagements to attorneys on the future of estate planning.
He is routinely recognized as a Mountain States Top Lawyer, and was credited by Salt Lake Magazine 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. Mr. Howell is recommended as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Utah by The National Advocates.
In 2015, Mr. Howell was presented with the prestigious “Forty Under 40” award by Utah Business Magazine featuring forty prominent business people in Utah who were under the age of 40.
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. During Mr. Howell’s five years as Managing Partner, the Firm has grown from three lawyers to fifteen and now employs thirty-five people.
Mr. Howell actively contributes his time and estate planning expertise to the philanthropic and non-profit sectors by regularly speaking on estate planning and charitable giving fundamentals to groups including the Community Foundation of Utah, The Road Home Development Committee, Salt Lake City Firefighters, and Wills for Heroes, a program instituted after 9/11 to assist first responders with obtaining their estate planning at no cost. Mr. Howell has also served as a Board Member of various civic and arts organizations, including the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks, which successfully passed a referendum allowing additional funds available to community parks and recreation centers used by all members of the public.
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 many areas of real estate law, including a wide variety of land use and zoning matters, subdivisions, land acquisitions and development, finance, owners’ associations, and real estate transactions. Mr. Guymon’s practice includes both transactional work and litigation. He has successfully tried cases (bench trial and jury trials) in state and federal courts. He has successfully represented home builders, developers, lenders, brokers, agents, licensees, and concerned citizens in numerous land use, zoning, regulatory, and other real estate matters. Mr. Guymon has taught real estate seminars for the National Business Institute, and he speaks regularly at conferences sponsored by the Utah Land Use Institute and Utah realtor associations. Mr. Guymon has been selected as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine for the last 10 years in a row, 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 past Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Cottonwood Heights. In 2019, Mr. Guymon was honored to receive the award of “Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the Year” from the Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar.
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 on the Utah Supreme Court. Mr. Guymon is one of the managing partners at the law firm of YORK HOWELL & GUYMON.
Prior Board Member, Utah Land Use Institute
Past Chair, Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
Planning Commission, Cottonwood Heights City (2011 – 2016)
Land Use Appeals Hearing Officer, Cottonwood Heights (2018 – present)
University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1998
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Order of the Coif; Utah Law Review (Editor)
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
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.
Stephen J. Mayfield is a Partner at York Howell & Guymon, advising businesses and individuals on various tax issues in the context of corporate transactions, emerging entities, and estate plans. He represents clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, leases, non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, purchase and buy-sell agreements.
Stephen assists entrepreneurs form limited liability companies and corporations, and advises medical professionals with practice administration, compliance, and restructuring. Stephen also represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service.
Stephen is licensed in Utah and in Nevada, where he practiced at a prominent Las Vegas law firm for five years. He continues to represent Nevada clients and others who seek to utilize Nevada’s favorable asset protection laws and devices.
Stephen lives in American Fork with his wife and three children, who are members of the nationally recognized American Fork High School Marching Band. Having lived in Japan for three years, including one year studying on scholarship at the University of Shinshu in Nagano, Stephen speaks Japanese fluently. He is also an avid cyclist and skier.
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Eric B. Whiting is an attorney with the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell & Guymon. Eric’s practice is focused on estate planning, tax, business planning, and non-profit entities. Eric also assists clients of large and small estates with all aspects of estate administration and probate. Eric assists business clients with entity selection, structuring, formation, and planning. He also represents clients before the IRS. Eric is currently an active member of the Utah State Bar, Idaho State Bar and the Washington State Bar. He is also admitted before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
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.
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)
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).
Erin Stone’s practice covers nearly all areas of corporate and real estate law, as well as commercial litigation and appeals. She has extensive experience in advising clients on business planning, formation and reorganization, a variety of contracts, asset protection, and corporate governance. Ms. Stone’s real estate experience includes land use, entitlements, and leasing. Ms. Stone has also assisted clients with oil, gas and mining matters including ore contracts and oil leases. She has also handled commercial litigation matters and appeals for clients stemming from contracts, business interests, real estate disputes, intangible property (i.e. domain names), and much more. In 2013, Ms. Stone was named as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business. The following year, Ms. Stone was selected as one of Utah’s Rising Stars in Business Litigation by Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine.
Ms. Stone is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Prior to law school, Ms. Stone earned her B.S. in Business Management from Arizona State University. Ms. Stone has served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable J. Thomas Greene, U.S. District Court Judge, and the Honorable Brooke C. Wells, U.S. Magistrate Judge, both in the District of Utah. She has also served as corporate counsel for an international non-profit, and was a shareholder at a major Salt Lake City law firm. Ms. Stone also served Girl Scouts of Utah as a volunteer board member, including Chair of the Board, for over six years.
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D., 2004
Arizona State University, B.S. Business Management, 2000
Utah State Bar, 2004
10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008
Tom brings over 20 years of legal and business expertise to his practice which concentrates primarily on real estate law, business transactions and providing outside general counsel guidance to businesses of all sizes. Clients who work with Tom appreciate his past business experience as COO and General Counsel for several successful companies which gives him a unique blend of expertise in strategic management, overseeing business operations and corporate legal affairs in a highly diverse set of business properties which enables him to offer a practical blend of legal experience and business strategy in advising his clients. Tom has successfully structured major financings, acquisitions, entitlements and operations for a wide variety of developers and businesses. Tom regularly advises clients in acquisitions, development, zoning, financing, and sales of all types of real estate including commercial, retail, office buildings, apartment buildings, condominiums, shopping centers, mixed-use, resort and master planned developments. This includes commercial office, retail and industrial leasing. Tom’s practice also includes a broad range of business and corporate transactions including entity formation, acquisition and sale of operating businesses, financing, joint ventures, corporate governance, and general business and contract law.
When Tom is not working, you can usually find him lost in the outdoors skiing, backpacking, climbing, fly-fishing, and generally in search of the world’s wild places. He is passionate about adventure and sustainable travel and takes every chance he gets to live what he loves: from exploring the labyrinthine Medina of Fez in Morocco, to climbing Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro to trekking the full Annapurna circuit in Nepal.
Tom is licensed to practice in Utah and Idaho.
Legal J.D. Degree with Distinction, May 1996
University of Nebraska College of Law
Undergraduate B.A. Degree, International Relations, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, December 1990, Minor: Italian.
Speaks, reads, and writes Italian
Utah & Idaho Bar Associations
Urban Land Institute
Founding Board Member – The Bodhi Tree Foundation
For over 20 years, Michael has represented injury victims and their families in catastrophic injury cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, and serious personal injury. With his exceptional skill in communication, negotiation, arbitration, and going to trial, Michael has obtained numerous six- and seven-figure recoveries for his clients.
Michael also has a broad range of experience in other areas of the law, such as probate, trust and estate litigation, real estate litigation, and estate planning. He has litigated and tried cases throughout Utah, and in Wyoming, and has appeared before the Utah Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court, and the Wyoming Supreme Court. He has been selected as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine. Regardless of the size or complexity of each client’s case, Michael prides himself on giving each case his full attention and maintaining active and meaningful communication with each client.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Utah (B.A. Business Management 1994) and the University of Utah College of Law (J.D. 1997), where he graduated in the top 15% of his class and was twice a Leary Scholar. Following law school, Michael served as a judicial law clerk on the Utah Supreme Court. Michael is a former volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Draper City Ambulance. He also speaks Spanish and French.
When away from the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, backcountry skiing, and climbing mountains. Most recently, he summitted Mont Blanc in the French Alps.
Spencer Witt is an attorney at York Howell & Guymon. Spencer’s area of practice includes estate planning, and business planning and structuring. Spencer also assists clients with trademark applications and office action responses, leases, buy-sell agreements, and other business transactions. 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 and daughter, 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
Articles’ Editor of the Utah Law Review, Research Assistant, Quinney Fellow, Judicial Intern at the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
B.A., Brigham Young University (2014)
Trevor works with entrepreneurs that have global business interests, advising them on matters relating to effective tax planning. He counsels clients on structuring their wealth to minimize foreign, income, and transfer taxes. He is experienced in handling international aspects of tax and estate planning, with particular experience in planning for clients who are exposed to multiple tax jurisdictions. He emphasizes sound tax strategy and has represented clients in IRS audits and administrative appeals. He has worked with private companies with limited in-house legal resources to act as outside general counsel and has extensive experience advising private multinational companies on the full range of international tax issues and cross-border corporate matters.
Prior to joining York Howell & Guymon, Trevor was an international tax attorney at Deloitte & Touche. He assisted both public and private companies with global tax planning and compliance. He worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including Saas, e-commerce, cloud-based computing, computer software, manufacturing and B2C. Prior to working at Deloitte & Touche, He was an attorney at a Chicago law firm, where he worked with private clients.
Trevor speaks frequently on tax topics. He is an adjunct professor at Weber State University where he teaches international tax, estate & gift tax and real estate tax.
Northwestern University School of Law – LL.M. in Taxation
Brigham Young University Law School – J.D.
Texas A&M University – M.S. Accounting
Brigham Young University – B.A. Economics
Mary Black is an associate at York Howell & Guymon. She is passionate about, and regularly assists clients with estate planning, asset protection planning, business planning for all types of businesses and transactions, charitable giving, and charitable organization/non-profit planning.
Mary has worked with former IRS Commissioners to advise the AICPA and the U.S. Treasury Department on new laws that changed partnership audit practice and partnership tax law. Additionally, Mary has also helped businesses grow by finding over $10 million dollars in tax credits and incentives for her clients through the research and development tax credit and other tax planning strategies.
Mary earned her Juris Doctorate at J Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University and her Masters of Taxation at Weber State University.
Outside the office, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and two Yorkies. Mary also enjoys painting, hiking, and watching movies.
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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, and loves art galleries. 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.
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 in the accounting department. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Society & Policy at the University of Utah and will be graduating this year.
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.
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.
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.
Emma is the Assistant and daughter of David York and has worked at York Howell & Guymon for the last four years, originally starting in the Accounting department. Emma is currently a student at the University of Utah finishing up a degree in Communication Studies and will graduate later this year. She plans to build on the experience of working at our firm by going on to continue her education after graduation in order to become a Paralegal.
When she is not working or in school Emma enjoys hiking, hanging out with her friends, and yoga. She also enjoys cheering on the Utes every football season with her family.
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.
Laurie Carlyle, a native of sunny Palm Springs, California, moved to the Salt Lake Valley in 2015 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 Firm Administrator. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s new office including front reception, scheduling, facilities, IT coordination, special events, inventory and a myriad of special projects which included the implementation of design in YHG’s new office building in South Jordan which was just completed. She is considered the office mom and likes to think of herself as “the cruise director.”
In her spare time, her passions include interior design, walking her naughty yorkie, teaching herself crochet, digital scrapbooking, and traveling to far off places as much as possible. She is also very excited about her sweet new granddaughter.
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.
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 graduated from Utah Valley University in 2017, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.
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.
Ashley Tedesco joined York Howell & Guymon in April 2016 as a part-time administrative assistant/runner until May 2018 when she graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelors in Sociology and Criminology. In addition to schoolwork, she completed an internship with the Salt Lake City Police Department and was captain of the University of Utah Women’s Club Soccer Team. Once graduated, she backpacked throughout France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and the U.K for a month.
In September 2018, she returned as a full-time legal assistant under seven of our attorneys who specialize in both real estate law and litigation matters. She has enjoyed drafting complaints in addition to learning the essentials of litigation proceedings. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, walking her dog, going on bike rides, camping with friends, and travelling to places where she can scuba dive.
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 and has recently been promoted to the accounting team. 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 2 year old son, Calder.
Ciara Bedke joined our firm in August of 2017. She is a Paralegal for four of our attorneys and handles business law, real estate law and litigation. She graduated from Utah Valley University with an ABA approved Bachelors in Legal Studies and interned with our firm before joining full time. Ciara is currently working to become a nationally Certified Paralegal through NALA and plans to become a Licensed Paralegal Practitioner in Utah. She is passionate about her work and strives to maintain positive client relations.
When Ciara is not at work she is spending her time with family, friends, camping, boating or cooking. She is an avid lover of the TV show Friends, The Office, animals, french fries and coffee.
Tina Lovejoy joined York Howell & Guymon in 2017 as the Director of Entrusted Planning. She leads clients in In-Office Sessions, Family Retreats, and Workshops to discover their Core Values, then helps them write their Motto and Mission Statement which form the foundation of their estate plan.
Tina draws from her background in opera and freelance writing to assist clients with discovering the themes of their planning. She has sung with Utah Festival Opera, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Opera Theatre of the Rockies, among others. She was a vocal scholarship student at Boston University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and trained with Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy. Prior to working at York Howell & Guymon, Tina was a consultant and technical writer for businesses interested in building their marketing campaigns.
Outside of the office, Tina enjoys hiking, skiing, writing, playing the piano, attending the symphony and the opera, and reading every book about psychology and spiritual development that she can get her hands on.
Debbie, our receptionist, graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her hobbies include painting, baking, and discovering the best coffee shops and bakeries in town. She also enjoys volunteering at the local Farmer’s market, traveling, and reading. Her ambitions are to continue her education at the University of Utah and grow from her experiences here at York Howell and Guymon.
Brooke Mitchell joined York Howell & Guymon in August 2018 as an Administrative Assistant/Runner, and she is always up and about doing miscellaneous jobs. Brooke is also the Photographer for the firm and photographed the staff for this website. Brooke graduated from New York Institute of Photography in April 2019. Born and raised in Arizona, she is enjoying the cooler weather and the beautiful mountains. Brooke loves hiking and traveling with her camera in hand capturing every moment she can.
Carolyn joined our firm as a Legal Assistant to Andrew Howell and Spencer Witt in 2019. Prior to work at York Howell & Guymon, she worked as a Paralegal in the fields of Worker’s Compensation and Employment Law for over six years. She studied at the University of Utah, majoring in English Literature and Art History, before moving to and graduating from Broadview University with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies.
When away from the office, Carolyn enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, Jake, and her friends and family. She also co-hosts a Salt Lake City-based podcast all about what’s new and exciting in the nerdy world of movies and TV. Some of her other hobbies include seeing movies, going to concerts, traveling to new places and embarking on new adventures with her husband. She is in her most natural habitat with her nose buried in a book or when creating and enjoys painting, photography, and writing poetry.
Eric joined the team at York Howell & Guymon in May 2019. He is a graduate of Asbury College and has 27 years of experience in accounting and taxes. Eric has focused much of his career in the area of nonprofit accounting and leadership. He believes that his strength is in using his accounting skills to help others achieve success. This will guide him as he supports the staff at York Howell & Guymon by maintaining the firm’s accounting records and providing financial reporting to the partners.
Eric moved to Salt Lake City in 2003 from Troy, Michigan. He enjoys the beautiful outdoors, hiking, camping, spending time with his family and is always up for the challenge of a good board game or cards. Eric and his wife enjoy traveling both around the United States and internationally. He has three children and one grandchild. Eric has a son studying at the University of Utah and a daughter studying at Westminster College.
China is originally from Arizona and moved to Utah four years ago to attend school. During her undergrad, she was a student athlete on the track and field team, specializing in hurdles and sprints. She graduated from Dixie State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Criminology and a minor in Social Justice. She plans to eventually attend law school to pursue a career in criminal law.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, finding new music to download, and writing and producing her own original animated YouTube series.
Karen began working in the legal field in 1976 as a legal secretary. She graduated with honors in the second Westminster Paralegal Certification Program in 1983 and has continued her employment as a paralegal to date. Karen is very experienced in estate planning, probate, trust administration as well as liquor licensing.
Her long association with the compliance division of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control offers clients valuable assistance in obtaining liquor licenses from start to finish – including the preparation and approval of applications by the UDABC staff and appearing before the Commissioners for the issuance of licenses. Clients in this area of practice includes representation of Utah’s major athletic facilities, national hotel and restaurant chains, and many of the State’s bars and restaurants.
Twenty years of volunteer service with the Girl Scouts of Utah, chairing the Fund Development Committee and various annual fundraising events, highlight the community involvement of Karen and her husband, Tom.
Karen’s hobbies include spending time with Tom on the tennis court or chasing a dimpled white ball around a golf course, where Karen also occasionally competes in UGA sanctioned tournaments.
Vanessa worked as a legal assistant with attorney Michael E. Day for nearly sixteen years before they both joined York Howell & Guymon in 2019. She primarily assists on personal injury and litigation matters. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a double major in English Literature and Human Development & Family Studies.
Away from the office, Vanessa loves reading, jogging, and baking. She also enjoys golfing with her husband and two sons.
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. Most attorneys at York Howell & Guymon are 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
10610 South Jordan Gateway, Suite 200
South Jordan, UT 84095
Directions to our new South Jordan Office:
From north or southbound I-15, exit at 10600 South and head west to the first light and turn left on South Jordan Gateway and then immediately right on to Cardon Ridge Way and then take the first right in to our parking lot. Our office is located on the second floor.