Honey, Director of Public Relations

Paulette Newell,  Funding & Settlement


Laurie Taylor, Assistant Funding and Settlement Coordinator

Dan Gosbeth, Elder Care Coordinator

Christine S. K. West is the most recent addition to our team. She is licensed to practice law in

Arizona, Hawai‘i, and Maryland. Christine and her family moved to Sierra Vista in the summer of

2016, when her husband, Noah, a former active duty Marine, accepted a position on Fort


Before joining our firm, Christine lived in North Carolina, where she practiced Veterans Law part-

time and successfully represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and

the VA. She also was an adjunct instructor at a community college, teaching courses in paralegal

studies and criminal justice. Working part-time allowed Christine to be with her two young children,

Hannah and Harrison, born in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Christine spent a number of years in Washington, DC as Staff

Director and Counsel for a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental

Affairs Committee. While on Capitol Hill, her work focused primarily on Federal employees' rights

and benefits, Federal law enforcement officers, inspectors general, and national and homeland security issues.

Christine is originally from Pearl City, Hawai‘i. She enjoys running, cooking, and bargain hunting. She is currently undergoing accession to the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps after accepting her Officer’s Commission in January 2017. Christine received her B.A. with honors from Boston University and J.D. from George Washington University.

Our Team

Dan Gosbeth is our Elder Care Coordinator and works with our Life Care Planning clients. Dan is originally from Rossford, Ohio, which is a suburb of Toledo. Dan received his Associates Degree in 2002 from the Community College of Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2005 he received a Bachelor's Degree from Lourdes University located in Sylvania, Ohio.
Dan moved to Hays, Kansas in late 2012 where he married his wife Jacinta. Dan and Jacinta had their first child in September 2013 and have been trying to keep up ever since. The Gosbeth family moved to the beautiful state of Arizona in March 2016. Dan and his family are now spending time looking for a new house to call home, and exploring everything Arizona has to offer. Dan is also a long distance caregiver to his mother, who has advanced dementia. He receives a lot of support from his family and the staff at  the long term care facility in Ohio, who help to oversee her care.

Dan joins our team to assist with our Life Care Planning process. Dan is in charge of following up with our clients through every stage of their aging process to give comfort and support. 

Christine S.K. West, Attorney

Proudly Serving Pima,
Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties

Annette was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1951, and is the oldest of 6 children. Annette

graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1976 with a B.S. in Political Science. She

went on to law school at the University of Wisconsin School of Law - Madison, from which she

graduated with a J.D. in 1979. She  joined Conway Law Office in Baraboo, Wisconsin, that same

year, which later became Conway, Gerhardt and Seefeld, SC. When she left the firm in 1994, with

fond farewells, she was a senior partner with the firm, and was teaching classes for the Wisconsin

State Bar Association. In 1994, she and her husband pulled up stakes and moved to Whetstone,

Arizona, where they live to this day.
Annette’s only regret is that they didn’t leave the Wisconsin climate sooner, although she and her

husband Glenn both miss family and friends that remain in Wisconsin.
Over the many years of advising clients on estate planning, business structure and real estate law,

she has learned how good planning can bring dramatic benefits to clients and their families.
Annette enjoys classical music, reading, gardening, bird watching and riding her horses. Annette’s husband of over 33 years, Glenn, is a licensed general contractor. Annette assists him with the administrative aspects of the construction business, and together they own a small mobile home park and three rental houses in Whetstone. They are each other’s best friends, business partners and spouses. Glenn is often at the law office, usually accompanied by one or more of his 3 Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs. Annette and Glenn have two children, and three grandchildren. Their daughter Erika lives in Wisconsin with her family. Their son Greg and his family live in Germany where he works for a civilian contractor providing internet security services for the military.
Annette is a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Counsel, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association,  the Arizona State Bar Association, the Sierra Vista Bar Association and other professional associations.
Annette and her husband Glenn live outside of Huachuca City with 7 dogs, 3 horses and two cats.

Honey, a Toy Australian Shepherd, is one of Annette and Glenn’s 7 dogs. Honey is lovingly referred to as a “foster failure” because when Annette took her in, she’d planned on only fostering her until a permanent home was found. It wasn’t very long before the Gerhardts realized that they adored her and didn’t want to let her go! She is the perfect pet to have in the office, as she loves everyone is quite sure everyone loves her! Honey has the unofficial title of Director of Public Relations for the firm.

Paulette Newell, R.P., is the Funding and Settlement Coordinator for Gerhardt Law Office, PLC.

Paulette joined Gerhardt Law Office, PLC in January, 2007, with 19 years of legal experience, as

well four years of executive secretarial experience.
During her prior years of work experience, she assisted attorneys as a paralegal in many areas of

law; however, her primary focus has been probate and real estate as well as law office

Since joining the Team Family at Gerhardt Law Office, PLC, her primary focus has been serving

clients by coordinating the funding and settlement process in connection with Living Trusts. She

also doubles as the bookkeeper for the office. She is meticulous and enjoys detail work.
Paulette grew up in Colorado. She came to us from Vermont where she lived for 19 years. She is

now enjoying the Southeast Arizona climate. She enjoys entertaining friends and family, and likes

to cook. Paulette plays a violin that was rebuilt by her great-grandfather.
Paulette also enjoys painting. The cover of this Welcome Book is a copy of a lovely painting by

Paulette entitled "Lemonade" that she has been kind enough to allow us to use for this purpose.

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Michelle Higbee, Client Development Director

From left to right:

Jeanne Cadeau, (no longer with the firm)

Michelle Higbee, Client Development Director

Annette Gerhardt, Counsellor at Law

Honey, Director of Public Relations

Dan Gosbeth, Elder Care Coordinator

Paulette Newell, Funding & Settlement Coordinator

Christine West, Attorney

Laurie Taylor, Assistant Funding and Settlement Coordinator

Michelle Higbee is a fairly recent transplant to the area and became a welcome addition to our

team in July of 2016. She comes to us from southern Oregon and is currently our Client Development Director, coordinating our advertising, marketing and promotions as well as maintaining our social media and website.  Michelle also assists with most other facets of running our office. Since she handles the front desk and most of the calendaring, she will usually be the first person you talk to in our office, and the first one you will see when you come in the door.
Michelle has worked previously in the legal field for over 18 years primarily in the areas of family

law and personal injury. She is enjoying learning about estate planning and elder law and bringing her knowledge to work for us and you. 

Michelle is the proud grandparent of 10 beautiful grandchildren and her favorite pastime is spending time with them. Six of her grandchildren live in Sierra Vista, which is one of the biggest reasons for her relocation here, aside from the sunshine and wide open spaces.
Michelle is an avid reader, and also loves to sew and crochet. She has many other interests which include family history and community service. 

Laurie Taylor joined the Gerhardt Law Office team in May 2014. She is our Assistant Funding and

Settlement Coordinator. She enjoys helping the team give our clients the best possible service.  
Laurie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Christopher Newport College in Newport News,

Virginia in 1981. In 1990, she received a Master of Education from the University of Arizona. After

teaching history and constitution for many years on the secondary level, she retired in 2002. In

2000, Laurie entered the retail business world with a feed and hardware store. After taking classes

in web site development, she started an e-commerce business in 2012.
Laurie loves family activities with her son and daughter in law, and beautiful granddaughter.  She

enjoys outdoor activities especially with her two horses. She competed in team roping and team

penning for many years. She loves to ride off into the sunset on Arizona’s beautiful trails. She also

enjoys her four adopted dogs.

Annette Gerhardt, Counsellor At Law