Founder

John F. Goodson

John F. Goodson, the founder of GMLL, was a trusted advisor to many and a highly respected practitioner in estate planning and wealth preservation, who developed his own proprietary concept of Preventative Law and multi-generational Wealth Preservation Legacy Planning. After over 50 years of serving clients, John passed away on March 5, 2015. John believed that the quality of a law firm is determined for the most part by the quality of its lawyers, and the culture of a firm matches the example of its senior and founding members.

Although John’s skill and genuine care and concern for his clients can never be duplicated, the dedicated members of GMLL will passionately adhere to John’s principles and continue to be pioneers of the industry. In addition to his active legal career, John dedicated time to mentoring young lawyers, was active in local politics, and taught classes at Arizona State University. John’s contributions to the legal profession are vast, and his legacy will be remembered for generations.

John graduated law school from the University of Arizona. He had special studies in estate and business planning at Harvard Law School, University of New York Law School, and the University Miami Law School. John not only served his clients but was active in the community. He had served on numerous boards, including Chairman of the Faculty of the College of Estate Planning Attorneys, founder of the College of Preventive Law, Director of the Greater Phoenix Financial Planning Association, and co-authored a business law textbook, Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Arizona, published by University of Arizona Press.          


Attorneys

Colleen Goodson Manley, ESQ., MBA
Senior Attorney

Colleen Manley focuses on wealth preservation, asset protection, succession planning, and business planning.

Colleen has spent the last four years researching and developing new legal vehicles and solutions for estate and business planning. As a result, Colleen is advancing the area of innovative services for family offices and estate planning law firms.

Ms. Manley has an Executive MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a specialty in business organization, sustainability and succession planning. Colleen has earned her Doctor of Law and Master of Law degrees from the University of Arizona. She has also served as the lead Legacy Advisor for Shelterwood (now Pitcarin, multi-family office), whose clients include members of the founding American families. Colleen has extensive transactional experience regarding complex tax, legal and financial matters including business planning and transactions; mergers and acquisitions; contract negotiations; and financial, estate, and business succession planning. 

 

Blake WJ Moscatello, ESQ., J.D

Attorney

Blake has been with Goodson Manley Law & Legacies since 2017 and focuses on Estate and Business Planning.  

Mr. Moscatello spent over ten years working in Behavioral Health in Illinois and Arizona.  During that time, he worked directly with children and families experiencing hardships.  He loved his time working in that field, but ultimately decided to go back to law school and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017.  He passed the Arizona Bar Exam in February of 2018.  

He is married to his lovely wife, Serena, and they have two incredible children. 


Team

Yessenia Varela
Director of Administration

 

Matthew Villegas
Law Clerk

 

Michele Gilley
Legal Assistant

 
 

   Andrea Perez
Staff Assistant

 

 

 

Senior Business Strategist

Bill Rowland

 

Mr. Rowland has been engaged by Goodson Manley Law & Legacies, PLLC to consult and advise on Client Financial Planning, Risk Management, Real Estate and Family Business Matters.

 He is an expert in business financial stewardship, financial feasibility analysis, planning for start-up and turn-arounds, real estate development\construction, cost budgeting and risk analysis, contracts, and management of complex projects.  Mr. Rowland is Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Indiana, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).  He is a past member of the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel.

Mr. Rowland’s family has been a client of Goodson Manley law for nearly 20 years.  His involvement with multi-generation businesses as an entrepreneur, employee and advisor spans four generations.  He understands many of the issues our clients face.


Round table of Senior Wealth Preservation Advisors

Bob Mangum

Educated at the University of North Carolina and Harvard Business School and with more than 30 years of experience in senior corporate management in large, multi-national private and public corporations, Bob is well known for his ability to identify opportunities and obstacles to growth in profit and cash flow.  Bob’s expertise includes strategic planning, financial and operations planning and control, business triage and turn-around management.  Bob has served on numerous corporate boards and as director of two national banks.   He continues to provide strategic and operational advice and counsel to senior management and boards of directors through Horizon Management & Finance Associates, Inc., and to early stage entrepreneurs through Main Street Angels, Inc., both of which he founded and leads as CEO.

Mitch Slater

Mitch has over 40 years of experience as an insurance executive in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry.  His experience makes him especially apt at analyzing liability exposure, risk assumption, rate analysis, and property evaluations for appropriate insurance coverage. His career has spanned to include underwriting large account risks to an entrepreneur starting two nationally known MGAs, in treaty reinsurance and non- standard automobile insurance. During his career, Mitch developed a patented computerized accounting system to handle multifaceted in-house claims and auditing functions.  With over 40 years of industry experience, Mitch will provide clients with in-depth analysis of insurance coverage and risk analysis to generate comprehensive strategies for asset protection and wealth preservation.

Jerry M. Eisen, Ph.D., CMC, SPR, CLL

As an expert in his field with over 45 years of professional management consulting experience as a Certified Management Consultant, Dr. Jerry Eisen joins the team of Senior Wealth Preservation Advisors to provide innovative ideas and comprehensive strategies for clients, especially in family-operated organizations.  He provides growing and start-up companies with their management and human resources needs.  Jerry’s expertise includes preventative employment law, employee handbooks, recruiting, assessing compensation and incentive programs, executive coaching and development, policy and operational manuals, management retreats, opinion surveys, management and supervisory training, and outplacement.  In his labor relations capacity, Jerry has conducted numerous successful National Labor Relations Board election campaigns, decertification and labor prevention programs, and has negotiated numerous labor agreements.

Walter Amon

Walter Amon, our European Consultant, joins the team of Senior Wealth Preservation Advisors to provide his expertise in European property investments. Previously, Mr. Amon has served in the following capacity: CFO for an international advertising agency, Board member for two international television stations, Professor for Electronic Media at the Advertising Academy in Austria, Head of Program Production, Merchandising, Advertising, Program Sales and International Co-Productions. Most notable, Mr. Amon served as the President of the Austrian Film and TV Commission and member of the commission of the Minister for Education and Science. Mr. Amon will provide clients with clear and considerable advice on all areas of property in all key markets to ensure every client is matched to the property that suits their need.

 

Directors

Stan Duvall

Stan Duvall serves on the Board of Directors providing strategic vision, planning and risk management expertise. Stan is an Air Force Colonel serving in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C. where he recommends policy changes affecting the 660,000 members of the Air Force. He brings extensive risk management experience having served a s both a fighter pilot and an Air Force Special Operations Commander in Afghanistan. Following his operational and combat tours in multiple theatres, Stan taught strategy, planning and risk management to senior military and key government leaders at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

In addition to his active Air Force Career, Stan teaches classes at University of Maryland University College and the National Defense University in Washington D.C. A dedicated lifelong learner, Stan completed certification programs in Strategic Decision and Risk Management at Stanford, Leadership Decision Making at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Authentic Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, and Leadership and Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Stan has an executive MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a specialty in business and financial management.