Why Choose Platt & Westby, P.C.?Real Estate - Bankruptcy - Estate Planning - Business Law - Family Law
Platt & Westby, P.C. is proud to have earned the AV designation*, which is the highest rating for competence and ethics. We believe in making legal services available to all and we do more than pay lip service to this goal. For nearly 40 years we have offered initial conferences without a charge to anyone who asks. The partners do not delegate this important service to an inexperienced associate or paralegal. You will not meet with a salesperson here. Nine times out of ten, a person visiting Platt & Westby, P.C. will have an initial conference with one of the partners who give the benefit of all their experience to answer questions, explain procedures and suggest options. Contact us today to learn more about our firm.A Lifetime of Legal Services in the Phoenix Community
We offer experienced, innovative, and practical problem solving. We look beyond the obvious and search for the most effective and most cost-effective solutions, a focus demanded by the partners. The Platt and Westby leadership team has a lifetime of experience to draw upon as successful business owners, real estate investors and landlords. They are skillful managers who have successfully negotiated good times and bad. They value community service and have served as executive officers or board members for homeowners associations, religious organizations and nonprofit organizations. We are spouses, parents and caregivers for elderly parents and special needs children. Wherever you might find yourselves in life, we or a family member have already been there.Our Approach to Solving Your Problems
This wealth of experience gives Platt & Westby lawyers a unique perspective. We take a holistic approach to the practice of law. Clients come to us with unique circumstances and needs. We know that there can never be a "one size fits all" solution. It is critical to have in-depth experience in many areas of law and business to craft common sense solutions that work. We have learned that litigation, however justified, is not always the best solution to complex problems.
We have learned that it is necessary to look beyond present challenges and work to create an environment in which our clients can be successful after the battle is concluded. We keep sight of the ultimate goal and discard positions and strategies that detract from reaching it. We help clients see the best possible outcome from a negative set of circumstances and we help achieve that outcome. Along the way we have created lifelong relationships and friendships. Platt & Westby, P.C. is honored to be now representing the grandchildren of some of our first clients.Harvey B. Platt
Harvey Platt is a native of Washington, D.C. and has resided in Arizona for over forty years. He has been married to his wife Lydia since 1968 and they have two adult children and four grandchildren. Mr. Platt earned his undergraduate Degree from the University of Arizona College of Business and Public Administration in 1969. Thereafter, he served in the United States Army where he was a military police officer. After his service in the military, Mr. Platt worked as a loan officer at a federally chartered bank in Tucson, Arizona. During Law School and undergraduate college, Mr. Platt worked full time as a Real Estate Title Examiner for several title companies in Tucson, Arizona. He was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona, College of Law, in 1973. Thereafter he entered the private practice of Law in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and has been continuously engaged in private practice. Mr. Platt is an experienced real estate investor having personally purchased and sold and managed many office buildings and apartment buildings and single family residences in the Phoenix area since the early 1970s. He has also developed raw land and rezoned real estate. Mr. Platt's business and legal experience has enabled him to provide skilled legal, practical and cost effective solutions to his clients legal problems. He is a believer in being proactive in preventing or minimizing client's legal problems and concerns by practicing preventative law as well as remedial law.Peter H. Westby
Born in Minnesota, Attorney Peter Westby has resided in Arizona since 1962 and in Phoenix since 1974. Mr. Westby graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1973 and entered the practice of law as a prosecuting attorney, first with the City of Tucson and then with the Pima County Attorney's office as a Criminal Trial Deputy. He joined partner Harvey Platt in the private practice of law in Phoenix in 1974 and together they formed Platt and Westby, P.C. Mr. Westby practices in the areas of real estate law, civil litigation, family law, wills, estates, probates and trusts. In addition, the firm has expertise in Bankruptcy law, Estate litigation, Business formation, Formation of General Partnerships, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies, Business contracts and litigation, Adoption and child custody matters, guardianships and conservatorships, estate and trust administration. Mr. Westby and his firm have earned a Martindale-Hubble AV rating, the highest rating awarded for ethics and professional competence. Mr. Westby is skilled in finding solutions to personal and business challenges and believes that he can serve Clients best by researching and identifying options that are creative, cost effective and that minimize conflict and litigation. His 38+ years of experience in law and real estate investment enable him to quickly zero in on critical issues, provide a clear analysis of options and give recommendations that make sense. Mr. Westby has been married to his wife, Cathie, for over 37 years. They have raised three children, all graduates of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Mr. Westby is a former Boy Scout Leader and Scoutmaster and in his spare time remains an active outdoorsman, hiker, backpacker and climber, most recently having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Mr. Westby guides trips into the Grand Canyon as well as to other Arizona destinations. He and Cathie are active amateur ballroom dance competitors and enjoy social dancing, their children and travel. Mr. Westby and wife Cathie are also investors, landlords and property managers. Cathie is a licensed Realtor. Mr. Westby's charitable interests include Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, the Christian Children's Fund and the Salvation Army. He has served on the Board of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and was elected President for two consecutive terms. Mr. Westby currently serves on the Prince of Peach Church Council. He also assisted in the formation and served as Board Member and legal advisor to a local non-profit children's grief support group. Mr. Westby has been selected to Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.Bryan Eastin
Mr. Eastin was born and raised here, making him a native Arizonan. He graduated Cum Laude from Southwestern Assemblies of God College (Pastoral Ministry) and Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University (Management). He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Arizona State University College of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the Arizona State and Federal Bars in 2001, and immediately began practicing law in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area.
Mr. Eastin practices in the areas of Probate Administration and Litigation, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Domestic Relations. He is currently a member of the Arizona State Bar Association and Maricopa County Bar Association. Outside of the office, Mr. Eastin especially enjoys time with his wife and children, but also makes time for church, extended family and friends and sports. He is a past participant in several pro bono programs or charities including the Eloy Project, Street Law, Homeless Legal Assistance Project, Teen Challenge and Lawyers on Call.David Dlott
Mr. Dlott is originally from Massachusetts . Mr. Dlott earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Boston College . Mr. Dlott received his Juris Doctorate degree from Northeastern Law School in 2003. After graduating from law school, Mr. Dlott practiced law in Massachusetts for several years before moving to Arizona in 2006. Mr. Dlott is a member of the Arizona State and Federal Bar. Mr. Dlott's professional interests include family law and domestic relations, employment law, bankruptcy, real estate and general civil litigation.
Mr. Dlott resides in Chandler with his wife Sylvia and daughter Olivia. Mr. Dlott is an active member of the community. He coaches Special Olympics basketball, and he has been a speaker at high school career events. Mr. Dlott is an avid sports fan. He enjoys basketball, tennis, golf, football and baseball.Andrew Rahtz
Andrew Rahtz is from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the Ohio State University, graduating with a degree in History in 2002. Andrew then relocated to Southern California where he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne, College of Law. After practicing in the field of insurance defense in Los Angeles, Andrew moved to the Phoenix area in 2007 and joined Platt & Westby, P.C. in 2012. Andrew has worked for several years in the practice areas of Civil Litigation, Collections, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Bankruptcy, and Probate. Andrew is a strong proponent of client contact and truly enjoys the opportunity to help clients understand difficult legal questions.
Andrew resides in Scottsdale and is a fitness enthusiast. Andrew has participated in both the Tempe International Triathlon and the Las Palomas Rocky Point Triathlon. Andrew also enjoys CrossFit, Bikram yoga, and competitive team sports like flag football and basketball. An outdoorsman and hiker, Andrew has taken multiple fishing and canoeing trips to the Canadian boundary waters and has hiked several Arizona mountains including a trip through the Grand Canyon and Havasupai Falls. Andrew believes in giving back to the community and has worked with the Meals on Wheels program and recently joined the Volunteer Lawyer Program. Andrew is also a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Arizona and the Young Buckeyes of Phoenix Alumni Club.