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About Geoffrey H. Garrett

Geoffrey H. Garrett purchased assets of the law practice of Stanley R. Byrd in 2008.   For more than twenty-seven years previously, he pursued two challenging careers simultaneously, as an attorney in an active sole practice and a senior pilot for a major airline, where he achieved the rank of B-747 captain in the international operation.  He was honored as his airline’s 2005 Captain of the Year in Seattle.  He has been a frequent speaker on the subject of reorganizing troubled airlines, has written significant papers about airline code sharing and fleet restructuring in bankruptcy, and is the co-author with Stanley R. Byrd of Estate Planning Basics in Washington.

Mr. Garrett advises in matters of estate planning and probate, trust administration, guardianship and planning for special needs, elder law and asset protection.  He assists owners of small businesses with respect to entity formation, administration and compliance, purchase and sale of businesses and succession planning.


Mr. Garrett served as a C-141 pilot during Viet Nam and completed a twenty year military career in the Air Force Reserve.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Garrett was a commercial and bankruptcy trial lawyer. Since 1988, he has practiced exclusively in estate planning and related fields of law and in small business law.

From 2002 until 2006, he served as vice-chairman of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the multi-billion dollar bankruptcy of United Airlines.

Education and Affiliations

Mr. Garrett attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he earned the Bachelor of Arts in government studies in 1970.  He earned the Master of Business Administration at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1974, and the Juris Doctor at the University of California- Davis in 1980.

He holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 certifications and holds a Washington State life and disability insurance license.

Mr. Garrett is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, the California Bar (inactive status), the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and the ARC of the United States.


Mr. Garrett is married with three grown children, including an adult child with special needs for whom he is both parent and legal guardian.  His personal interests include reading in history, economics and philosophy.  He enjoys computers and software and has implemented advanced technological systems in his law practice.  He is an avid runner, bicyclist, skier and golfer.



Languages spoken: German

Practice areas


  1. Probate: 25%
    27 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    27 years
  3. Trusts: 25%
    27 years
  4. Business: 15%
    36 years
  5. Elder Law: 10%
    11 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard B Schneider

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Geoff through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys that fosters professional excellence. Geoff is a compassionate and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. He cares about his clients and makes complicated estate planning concepts easy to understand. I endorse him as an exceptional estate planning attorney.


    Richard Schneider Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michelle P. Biddinger

    I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning.


    Michelle Biddinger Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2150 N 107th St Ste 150
Seattle, WA, 98133-9031

2150 N 107th St Ste 150
Seattle, WA, 98133



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyByrd Garrett PLLC2008 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Geoffrey H. Garrett1985 - 2007
AttorneyBoyden Cooluris Hauser and Saxe1981 - 1985
PilotUnited Airlines1978 - 2007
Commissioned Officer/PilotUnited States Air Force1970 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A2010 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysN/A2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1988 - Present
State Bar of California (inactive)N/A1980 - Present
National Down Syndrome CongressN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Southern Illinois University, EdwardsvilleBusiness AdministrationMBA1974
Lawrence UniversityGovernmentOther - Bachelors1970