Gordon 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 with 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 tax and wealth transfer planning with wills, trusts and partnership and corporate devices.
Mr. Waterfall has also served as Judge Pro Tempore of the Superior Court of Pima County, Arizona.
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 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.
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 1988-1993) and the American College of Tax Counsel. In 2004 he received the Eleanor ter Horst award for demonstrating superior knowledge of probate and trust law and for sharing his knowledge with the Bar, Bench and public.
Outside of law practice, Gordon was President of the Southern Arizona Community Foundation from 1990 to 1993. He was President of the University of Arizona, 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.