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Founding editor Idaho Law Review; Taught tax at Gonzaga Law School for over 30 years.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 34%
  2. Estate Planning: 33%
  3. Tax: 33%


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  • Logan T. Bohman

    I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Gary on a number of tax issues, and he has always proven to be knowledgeable and client centered.


    Logan Bohman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • April L Anderson

    Gary is one of the most knowledgeable tax attorneys I have ever met. I am privileged to work with him. He is an asset to our firm and to his clients.


    April Anderson Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC

601 West Main Avenue Suite 714
Spokane, WA, 99201-0677


IDAuthorized to practice law196401/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer - Tax LawBest Lawyers2016
Top Lawyer - BusinessSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2015
Best Law FirmBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2003
Honorary Degree, Doctor of LawsGonzaga University2000
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell1995
Outstanding Discussion Leader of the YearWashington Society of CPAs1993
Best Lawyers - National, State wide, SpokaneBest Lawyers in America; Law and Politics, WashingtonN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselWorkland & Witherspoon, PLLC1997 - Present
Professor of LawGonzaga University School Of Law1970 - 1999
PrincipalLukins, Seelye and Randall, P.S.1970 - 1973
AttorneyOffice Of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service1965 - 1970
AssociateEberle and Berlin1964 - 1965
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1967 - Present
Idaho State BarMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselAcademic MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maury Wills v. Commissioner of Inernal Revenue Serice (trial lawyer for IRS)Concluded - government won
Various tax cases tried for the IRSN/A
Sowder v. U.S.Two trips to the 9th Circuit. Won
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Journal of Taxation, Vol. 81, No. 3, pp. 150-156Defective Grantor Trusts Can Be Effective Education Funding Vehicles After RRA '931994
Probate Practice Reporter (Shepard's/McGraw-Hill)Estate Planning and Community Property1994
Tax Ideas (Warren, Gorham & Lamont), - 403IRC Section 1014 Basis Changes at Death1993
The Journal of Taxation, Vol. 76, No. 2, pp. 78-83Minimizing the Exposure of Community Property to the 100% Responsible Person Penalty1992
Gonzaga Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 237-252Of Visigoths, Community Property, Death, and Income Tax Basis1990
Major Tax Planning USC Tax Institure, Vol. 38, pp. 10-1(44)Practical Applications of the 1984 Domestic Relations Tax Bill - Trick or Treat1986
Gonzaga Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 339-340Irrovocable Trusts (book reviews)1984
Taxes - The Tax Magazine (CCH), Vol. 61, No. 7, pp. 459-467Basis Considerations in Estate Planning: An Increasingly Important Approach1983
Idaho Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 487-503Hard Mineral Taxation - Practical Problems1983
The Practical Lawyer, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 33-40What To Do After the 1983 Tax Audit1983
Idaho Law ReviewAt least six articles on estate planning, tax issuesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1964
University of IdahoAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1961
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
61st Institute with Martin Burke, "When a Home Becomes an Office and a Cabin Becomes a Home"Tax2013
59th Institute with Martin Burke, "Damages and Taxes"Tax2011
58th Institute with Martin Burke, "Involuntary Conversion: What About Gain When All a Client Sees is Loss"Tax2010
57th Institute with Martin Burke, "Tax Planning for Unmarried, But Committed, Couples"Tax2009
Estate Tax and the Single Person - How to Die Without Paying (too much) Estate TaxEstate Planning/Tax2008
56th Institute with Martin Burke, "Fine Tuning the Like Kind Exchange"Tax2008
55th Institute with Martin Burke, "The Kiss Method: Simple Tax Planning Techniques"Tax2007
54th Institute with Martin Burke, "A Taxpayer's Principal Residence: Not Only a Castle, but a Magnificent Tax Shelter"Tax2006
53rd Institute with Martin Burke, "Collectors and Charitable Giving: Tax and Other Considerations"Tax2005
Montana tax Institute; ABA Tax Institutes; Various CLEsVaried - usually tax or estate planningN/A