Garon’s practice focuses on estate planning, with a particular emphasis on business succession planning for closely held businesses. In addition, Garon assists clients with trust and estate administration matters.

Admissions

  • Washington, 1999

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (1999)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, M.A. in Chinese Philosophy, summa cum laude (1995)
  • Middlebury College, B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, cum laude (1992)

Recognition & Honors

  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers (2006)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates (2009, 2018 - 2019)

Representative Work

Common representations involve:

  • Drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents
  • Consulting with owners of closely held businesses on succession planning strategies
  • Coordination of business succession plan with clients' accountants, insurance agents, financial advisors, and other advisors to implement the plan
  • Preparation of buy-sell agreements
  • Formation and ongoing oversight of business entities to achieve liability protection and desired tax treatment
  • Counseling fiduciaries in their responsibilities during trust and estate administration

Publications & Presentations

  • "Business Succession Planning," Lead Presenter, Women President's Organization Platinum IV Meeting, Chicago (May 2013)
  • "Setting a New Course in Your Business Estate Plan," Co-Presenter, Yakima Estate Planning Council (December 2011)
  • "Business Succession Planning: Constructing and Implementing a Succession Plan for Closely Held and Family Business," Co-Author with Andrew Heinz, Business Law Section, WSBA (Winter 2010 - 2011).

Professional & Community Activities

  • Yakima Greenway Endowment: Board Member, President
  • WSBA—Real Property, Probate & Trust Section: Co-Chair of RPPT Midyear Conference (2013)
  • Yakima Estate Planning Council: President; Treasurer
  • Washington Attorneys Assisting Nonprofit Organizations: Board Member
  • Yakima Sunrise Rotary: Rotarian; Board Member; Chair of the Vocation Day Committee, Community Service Committee and the World Community Service Committee
  • Rotaplast International: Non-Medical Volunteer on trips serving San Salvador, El Salvador, Cumaná, Venezuela and Lima, Peru
  • Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity: Board Member; Chair of the Family Selection Committee
  • Habitat for Humanity—Global Village builds in China, El Salvador, Vietnam, Paraguay, Macedonia, and Zambia
  • United Way of Yakima County: Board Member; Secretary; Co-Chair Allocations/Community Investment Panels
  • Montessori School of Yakima: Board Member; Treasurer
  • Yakima County Development Association: Community Ambassador
  • Allied Arts of Yakima Valley: Board Member; Chair of the Fresh Hop Ale Festival Beer Judging Committee
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties: Steering Committee Member
  • Team Yakima Volleyball Club: Coach
  • Spikers Volleyball Club: Coach

Background & Interests

Before joining the firm, Garon was a shareholder with Velikanje, Moore & Shore, P.S. in Yakima. Garon also served as in-house counsel for two years for Wilkinson Development, LLC, a company that raised private equity and developed senior housing facilities. In addition to his international travel, Garon enjoys coaching volleyball and working on classic Volkswagens.