R. Glen Woods
Glen was the founder of the firm until his sudden passing on April 1, 2018, he was the architect and engine of the great things the firm accomplished.
Mr. Woods studied accounting at Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor’s degree with Highest Honors in 1981. He also received his master’s degree with emphasis in taxation in 1981, graduating With Distinction. Mr. Woods successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination that same year, receiving the Elijah Watts Sells award, given annually for the 100 highest scores nationwide, and received the highest score in the state.
A California native, Mr. Woods was associated with a nationally recognized law firm, and also served as in-house counsel to a publicly traded firm. Mr. Woods became a member of the Utah State Bar since 1984, of the Nevada State Bar in 1990, and the Arizona bar in 2001. In 1995 Mr. Woods and John Erickson founded the firm.
Mr. Woods specialized in taxation and estate planning. He also had considerable experience in handling federal and state securities registrations, commercial and real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and litigated matters. Mr. Woods represented individuals and companies in federal and state tax disputes, in the courts, and before the IRS and state tax agencies.
R. GLEN WOODS, Member of the Nevada, Arizona, and Utah Bars; U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Certified Public Accountant. Preparatory education: Brigham Young University (B.S., magna cum laude, with highest honors, 1981, M. Tax, with distinction, 1981); Recipient, Elijah Watts Sells Award for scores on Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, 1981. Legal education: Brigham Young University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1984); Note and Comment Editor, B.Y.U. Law Review, 1983-84; Order of the Coif; J. Reuben Clark Scholar. Languages: Spanish. Former employment: Partner, Rooker & Gibson; Associate General Counsel, American Pacific Corporation; Kimball, Parr, Waddoups, Brown & Gee. Areas of practice: Federal and state taxation, estate planning, general business representation.
John R. Erickson is one of the firm’s founding partners. His practice encompasses real estate, commercial representation, and secured lending. He received his B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude), from Brigham Young University in 1982. While at Brigham Young University he received the prestigious Edwin S. Hinckley Scholarship. He received his Juris Doctor (also magna cum laude) from Brigham Young University in 1985. Erickson is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the Nevada Bar Association.
Brian C. Whitaker joined the firm in 2000. He is a partner in the firm and his primary areas of practice involve commercial litigation, business law, employment litigation and tort litigation. A native of Salt Lake City, he received a B.S. in Business from Brigham Young University in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego in 1985. He has membership in the Nevada and California Bars, U.S. District Court, the District of Nevada, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. His association involvement includes the Clark County and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Nevada and State Bar of California. Mr. Whitaker also speaks French.
John joined the firm in 2014 as an accountant, while attending William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also graduated from law school and was admitted to the Nevada Bar during 2014. As an attorney, John has continued to use the accounting experience he accrued over seven years in both the public and private sectors to assist clients with both business and personal accounting and tax issues. This experience has proven beneficial as John continues to help clients prepare and file tax returns in multiple jurisdictions within the United States and abroad, structure transactions to minimize tax liabilities, and resolve tax disputes with the IRS or other regulatory agencies. Additionally, John has assisted clients with matters in bankruptcy, estate planning, probate, and commercial contracts and leasing. He has also served as in-house corporate counsel for a multinational entertainment company while the company restructured its international operations.
Prior to attending law school, John received his bachelor’s degree in accounting, magna cum laude, from Southern Utah University in 2006. He continued on to receive his master’s degree in accounting, with an emphasis in taxation in 2007.
Publications: Income or Liability: How Casinos’ Classification of Outstanding Chips Determine Taxability, 5.1 Nev. Gaming L.J. 121 (Spring 2014).