Gordon R. Muir’s practice focuses on all aspects of wills, trusts and estates, including basic to advanced and complex estate planning, business succession planning, asset protection, probate and trust administration and litigation, will/trust contests, elder abuse, guardianships, and estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. Mr. Muir is dedicated to providing superior legal representation and exceptional client service while helping families to accomplish their estate and tax planning objectives. Mr. Muir also regularly advises clients on how to prevent litigation, but stands ready to aggressively represent them in court when necessary; understanding, however, that alternative dispute resolution techniques may be preferable for many families to avoid the emotional strain and other rigors of litigation. Mr. Muir has achieved an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the world’s most trusted legal resource. The “AV Preeminent” rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney’s ethical standards and legal ability. The rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence and is achieved only by the attorneys who have been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of both the bar and the judiciary.
As a young man, Mr. Muir served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mr. Muir has been married for forty-two years and has been blessed with a wonderful wife, three children and five grandchildren. Mr. Muir has provided volunteer service for the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Washoe County Senior Law Center and the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.
1983, Nevada State Bar
1983, U.S. District Court of Nevada
1984, U.S. Tax Court
1988, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California
2014, U.S. Supreme Court
AA. (Spanish), B.S. (Political Science), Brigham Young University, Class of 1980
J.D., J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, Class of 1983
LL.M. (Taxation), McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Class of 1989
LL.M. (Transnational Commercial Transactions), Lazarski University, in collaboration with the Boston University School of Law, Class of 2017
Golden Gate University, Graduate School of Tax
Nevada CPA Foundation
National Business Institute, Inc.
State Bar of Nevada
Published in “Estate Planning,” by Warren, Gorham & Lamont, Ltd. (1990)
" There are a lot of choices around for your estate planning needs, but Mr. Gordon Muir at HAWKINS, FOLSOM & MUIR earned our trust forever. Mr. Gordon Muir did great job educating us about the ways our estate should be inventoried, valued, dispersed for our benefit during our lifetime in the event of incapacity, or for our beneficiaries after our death. He explained everything in thorough detail and made the process a better learning experience about some planning needs we were not even aware of.
Last but not least, Mr. Gordon Muir proved to be a man of great integrity and strong moral principles. Our initial appointment happened to be scheduled on February, the 24th, the first day of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Mr. Muir had never met us before, happened to see us in his office for the first time in his life, but having discovered we were Ukrainians with lots of family members under bombing and shelling in Ukraine, he offered to waive his fees in favor of Ukrainian people. Needless to say, we were left speechless and humbled by that gesture of humanity and benevolence.
Our family here in Reno and oversees in Ukraine are eternally grateful for Mr. Gordon Muir's service, and we hereby recommend him without reservation.
- The Razumenko Family
" I had the opportunity to work and intern with Gordon a number of times before and during law school and in the years immediately following graduation. Gordon was the perfect mentor. He was kind, attentive, and deliberate. As a first-year law student, Gordon gave me the opportunity to draft legal briefs, attend depositions, and advise regarding litigation strategy.
I realize now, looking back that I didn’t have any business doing any of those things. Even so, Gordon took the time to invest in my education and future. I was, because of his mentorship more prepared for my first year of law school. I credit Gordon for giving me much of the confidence that I needed in those early days of my legal education.
Gordon is the consummate colleague and friend. While the former has come to end, the latter will always continue. I will always be grateful for my time with Gordon, and for the attention he paid a young and brash lawyer.
- Nathan R. Sumbot, General Counsel - EI.Ventures
" My financial planner from Merrill Lynch highly recommended Gordon Muir to create, implement and execute my personal estate plan to prevent and protect my assets from going to probate. Prior to consulting with Gordon, I was very impressed reading his biography online of his educational accomplishments, achievements and experiences related to estate planning and wills. Upon our arrival, the office staff was exceptionally welcoming, kind, and professional throughout the entire planning process. I have been refraining from completing my estate plan in anticipating the painful long process. Surprisingly the process was very simple, pleasant, and quick thanks to Gordon’s expertise and very efficient staff members. Completing my estate plan has lifted my burdens, gave me peace of mind, and protects my family from any legal issues after my passing. I would highly recommend Gordon Muir for any estate planning, wills or other legal transactions you might need.
- Julie Shoemaker
" Mr. Muir was very thorough, answered all our questions and took time with us to make sure we understood everything. His receptionist Janet was very nice and helpful as well. I would highly recommend Hawkins Folsom & Muir.
- Maureen Turgeon
" This firm specializes in Trusts. They are efficient, professional, meticulous, respectful, and helpful. Located off a quiet street with a private entrance and plenty of parking. Highly recommend.
" For more than 25 years I have used Gordon Muir of Hawkins Folsom & Muir for all of my estate planning needs. Mr. Muir and his staff are professional, fair, and extremely knowledgeable. Gordon’s expertise has given me confidence and peace of mind that all of my estate planning including future tax ramifications are taken care of. I highly recommend Gordon Muir for all estate planning and tax strategy needs. Hawkins Folsom & Muir have far exceeded my expectations.
- Dr. Gerald Hansen, D.D.S.
" Mr. Muir, thank you for helping our family!
" … We highly recommend Gordon Muir for his legal services, and his prices were fair and reasonable.
" Thank you for taking so much of your precious time to help us understand a bit of the law. You can’t imagine how much we appreciate your kindness and sharing of your valuable expertise.
" … Mr. Muir, thank you for everything! You will never know how much we appreciate your time, kindness and expertise!
" Gordon Muir has been our Estate Attorney for the past 30 years. He has prepared our wills and created our Family Trust. He has taken care of our personal and financial situations as they have changed over the years. Mr. Muir has worked closely with us to make necessary changes. We appreciate his unique ability to listen and carry out our desires and with his extensive updated knowledge, training, and vast experience, he offers advice and suggestions that has given us such peace in these later years of life.
- Dr. and Mrs. Bud A. West
" Recently I needed to establish a family trust. Gordon Muir was highly recommended. Due to health restraints at the time, Gordon and his lovely wife Janet came to my home; I felt an immediate connection. The trust was completed that evening, and the process extremely professional and efficient. I feel fortunate to have Gordon handle my legal needs.
- Linda M. Jones