Mr. Garwood joined Samuels Miller in 2002 upon graduation from law school. He became a partner in 2008.
Mr. Garwood was raised in Stonington, Illinois. While growing up, he worked for his family’s corn and soybean seed production company beginning at age 11. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (high honors, 1999) and Juris Doctor (cum laude, 2002).
Mr. Garwood concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of business and commercial law, municipal law, probate and wills, trusts and estate planning. He represents buyers and sellers in asset purchase, stock purchase and merger transactions in the banking, retail, trucking, manufacturing, processing, and service industries. He assists clients with organizing and maintaining corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. He has also assisted banks and other corporate clients with the election to be taxed as a partnership under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Garwood counsels executors, administrators and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts throughout Illinois and regularly prepares and files United States and Illinois Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Returns. He also works with citizen and non-citizen clients to develop and implement estate plans including drafting simple and complex wills, trust agreements, charitable foundations, and other arrangements. He has represented buyers and sellers of residential, commercial and agricultural real estate, including transactions involving tax free Section 1031 exchanges. Mr. Garwood also serves as general counsel for the City of Macon and the Villages of Moweaqua and Stonington.
Mr. Garwood is a member of the Illinois and Decatur and Macon County Bar Associations and the Central Illinois Estate Planning Council (Past President). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of St. Teresa High School. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Webster-Cantrell Hall and the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, as well as a former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Heritage Behavioral Health Center, Inc.
Mr. Garwood has been a speaker for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s October 2011 “Illinois Estate Administration 101″ course and the August 2014 “Starting Points: Basic Estate Planning” course. He also has spoken to the Decatur SCORE Chapter 296 and Millikin University’s First Step FastTrac course on business formation.
Mr. Garwood lives in Mt. Zion with wife Amber, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and sons Owen, Alex and Gavin.