Gordon G. Waterfall

gwaterfall@wechv.com
520.745.7820


Gordon G. Waterfall

gwaterfall@wechv.com
direct: 520.745.7820
fax: 520.745.1279

Gordon G. Waterfall is trained as an accountant and lawyer and is licensed as an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant. Regarded as preeminent in his field, nationally and within Arizona, Mr. Waterfall has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America under Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Trust and Estates since its initial publication in 1983. He has practiced law in Arizona continually since 1965, handling a wide array of matters involving the tax and wealth transfer planning with wills, trusts and other devices.

He is also involved in ongoing trust and estate supervision for clients, advising them on a variety of matters affecting the administration of our clients’ estates.

Mr. Waterfall has also served as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Superior Court of Pima County Arizona.


Practice Areas
Estate and Trust Administration
Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes
Fiduciary Income Taxes
Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
Probate
Taxation

Publications and Presentations
Mr. Waterfall has lectured for many years on matters related to tax and estate planning through the State Bar of Arizona and other professional groups within and outside the State of Arizona. He has authored numerous articles, including a 2005 piece published in the Arizona Bar Journal concerning the Uniform Trust Code.

He has also taught classes in Estate Planning and Estate Administration at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.

Professional Associations
Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Uniform Trust and Estate Laws Subcommittee, National Commission on Uniform State Laws
Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel

Education
University of California (B.S., Business Administration, 1957)
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 1965)

Public Service
Mr. Waterfall’s record of public service is long and well established.

He served as President of the Pima County Bar Association in 1976-1977; Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Section on Taxation in 1984-1985; President of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council in 1984-1985; and was President of the Arizona Bar Foundation in 1989. Gordon was elected to prestigious national positions, as a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (where he served as Arizona State Chairman from 1988 to 1993) and the American College of Tax Counsel. For the past ten years, Gordon has been Chair of the Uniform Trust and Estate Laws Subcommittee, a group responsible for practitioner input to the Reporters the National Commission on Uniform State Laws.

Outside of law practice, Gordon was President of the Southern Arizona Community Foundation from 1990 to 1993; Board Member of Primavera Foundation and Chair of Primavera Builders, a Tucson charity working with the homeless community in Tucson. He has also been President of the James E. Rogers Law College Association in 2000-2001 and is a Trustee of the Law College Association, a position he has held for more than twenty years.

He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the James E. and Beverly Rogers Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the John and Helen Murphey Foundation.