Jaburg Wilk

Lauren L. Garner

Partner


Contact

Phone: Work602.248.1042

Email:

Jaburg Wilk
Work 3200 N. Central Avenue Suite 2000 Phoenix, AZ   85012
USA

Assistant: Tanya Mills

Assistant Phone: 602.248.1090

Lauren's Practice Areas
  • Probate and Trust
  • Litigation
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Mediation

Lauren Garner is an experienced litigator and mediator whose practice emphasizes probate, trusts and guardian/conservatorships. Lauren's clients rely on that experience and her sensitivity in matters that touch families, trusts, and estates. 

Dedication and personal involvement are a critical part of Lauren’s practice. She feels a deep sense of accomplishment in her 1998 move to Phoenix, after nearly a lifetime of business and personal contacts in Miami, Florida. Here, she has developed a flourishing practice in the field of probate, trust and guardianship litigation and mediation.

Lauren now enjoys dual bar membership - in both Arizona and Florida. She is active in probate and trust organizations and committees on both the Arizona State Bar and the Maricopa County Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  She was recognized since 2015 as a Southwest Super Lawyers and was named in both the 2016 and 2017 Editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estate Litigation.  She also was named 2017 Women in the Law by Best Lawyers.  Lauren was named as a 2019 top 25 Arizona Women Attorneys by Super Lawyers.

An advocate of mediation and other non-traditional dispute resolution services, Lauren underwent a lengthy training and certification process to become a Certified Circuit Court Mediator in Florida.  She has been part of a small committee that has developed and presented Probate Mediation Training and is an approved probate mediator. Lauren uses her experiences to work with clients and professionals and is a frequent speaker on ways to avoid probate and trust litigation. Lauren has volunteered her time and experience to her professional community. She is a Judge Pro Tem for Maricopa County Superior Court in the Probate and Mental Health Division. She serves as a volunteer for the Probate Lawyers Assistance Project offering pro bono assistance in probate and trust matters to low income individuals. She has been a member of the Executive Council of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Arizona since 2006 and of the Executive Council of the Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Trust Section since 2011, and was on the Board of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association from 2004-2007).

Memberships and Associations 
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Arizona State Bar Probate and Trust Section - Executive Council (2006 - Present), Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • Arizona State Bar Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section – Executive Council (2011-2014)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Section Board Member (2005 -2007), Chair (2007)
  • Valley Estate Planners, Member
  • Professional Advisory Board, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, Member
Professional Experience
  • Experienced  litigator, with emphasis on probate, trusts, conservatorships and guardianships
  • Trained mediator for probate, trust and civil matters 
  • Advocate of mediation and other non-traditional dispute resolution
  • Probate mediator, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Frequent speaker at CLE seminars and at other organizations
Court Admissions
  • Arizona, 1999
  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
Awards and Recognition
  • AZ Business Leaders, 2021
  • Top 100 Lawyers- Probate and Trust Litigation and Mediation, AZ Big Media, 2020
  • Arizona Business Leader- Alternative Dispute Resolution, AZ Big Media, 2020
  • Top 25 Arizona Women Attorneys, Super Laywers 2019
  • 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America- Trust and Estates Litigation
  • Arizona Business Leader- Probate and Trust Litigation and Mediation, AZ Big Media, 2019
  • Top Attorney in the Southwest, 2018
  • AVVO rating 10
  • Southwest Super Lawyer - Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate 2015 - 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - Trust and Estates, 2014 - 2021
  • 2017 Women in the Law, Best Lawyers
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers 2014
  • 2018 Top Lawyers in Arizona as listed in The Legal Network
  • Rated AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell for 35 consecutive years by Peers and Judiciary
Education
  • J.D., University of Florida, 1981
  • B.A., Smith College, 1979


2016 Best Law Firms by U.S. News 2015 Best Law Firms by U.S. News 2014 Best Law Firms by U.S. News 2013 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Listed in Best Lawyers: The World's Premier Guide 2013 Winner: Best of Our Valley, AzFoothills.com