Gary Leavitt attended Seattle University, the University of Maryland in Europe, and Portland State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1980. He passed the CPA exam in November 1980, beginning his professional career with KPMG Peat Marwick in January 1981. He received his CPA license in 1983, and became a Certified Valuation Analyst in 2001.
Gary started his own firm in 1984, and combined his firm with Sherman, Young & Associates, PC (where he was a shareholder) in 1990. In 2011, Gary returned to practice at his own firm. Though he practices in a wide range of tax, accounting, and valuation matters, much of his service focuses on assisting attorneys with tax, business, and planning aspects of divorce. He has been involved in well over a thousand litigation and valuation matters, and testified as an expert in more than 200 cases in 14 counties, in matters involving:
He has presented seminars on the tax aspects of, and the use of experts for, litigation and divorce for such organizations as the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Lane County Bar Association, the Multnomah County Bar Association, the National Business Institute, the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, the Oregon Law Institute, the Oregon Legal Assistants Association, the Oregon Society of CPAs (OSCPA), and law firms.
Gary has published articles on divorce taxation issues in both Oregon State Bar and OSCPA publications. He is the co-author of seven divorce taxation, settlement, and process handbooks for the National Business Institute, and an editor of a chapter on divorce taxation principles for a manual prepared by the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund.
His memberships include the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (where he serves on credentialing and examination committees), the Tax Section of the American Institute of CPAs, and the National Society of Tax Professionals. He is also an active member of the OSCPA, where he has served as chairperson of the Business Valuation and Litigation Services Committee (1999-2000) and the Attorney-CPA Joint Committee (1993-94, 1998-99, and 2008-10).