Meet Our Staff

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Garin D. Clyma, Esq.

Managing Partner


Garin Clyma has been with the firm since 2011, and became the managing partner in 2021.  He focuses on assisting his clients in the areas of estate and business planning, probate and trust administration. Garin is dedicated to listening to the unique needs of his clients in order to provide exceptional service to clients, young and old.  A graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara (Ole Gauchos!), Garin earned his J.D. at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. Garin is a member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council and the Placer County Bar Association. He is also a member the Trust and Estates Section of the California Bar.

Garin lives in Lincoln, but is an avid bay area sports fan. In his free time, Garin is an avid hunter and sport shooter. He, his wife, and three young daughters enjoy hiking, skiing, gardening, and spending nights camping under the stars.

Phillip E. Gibbons, Esq.

Founder / Of Counsel


Phillip Gibbons founded Gibbons & Clyma, Inc. (then Phillip E. Gibbons, Inc.) in 1975, beginning a legal career lasting more than forty years.  His career began with the IRS, which has afforded him a very unique background and invaluable experience with tax planning expertise in structuring Estate Plans. Phillip earned his Juris Doctor from the McGeorge School of Law, as well as his CPA license and certification as a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Taxation.  He was the only certified tax specialist in Placer County for many years.

After many years of practice, Phil is finally getting the opportunity to enjoy more traveling.  Phil is an avid golfer and enjoys spending his free time out on the golf course.

Kimberly Dunn

Kimberly A. Dunn

Sr. Paralegal / Office Manager


Kimberly is the Sr. Paralegal and Office Manager for Gibbons & Clyma, Inc. She has been dedicated to assisting the firms clients and attorneys since 2015.  Kimberly has a considerable background in the mortgage and financial industry, which allows her to bring an extra level of service to the firm.  She is also the owner of a successful photography business.

When not at work, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She and her family enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, DIY projects and relaxing at the beach.

Kevin Cotter

Kevin R. Cotter

Legal Assistant

 joined our team in 2020 as our part-time legal assistant.  He is currently attending Sacramento State University pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

When not at work or studying, Kevin enjoys hiking, roller blading, boxing and football.  He is a total foodie who also has an appetite for all things car related.  Go NINERS!

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Anthony J. Testa

Administrative Assistant


Anthony came on board as our Administrative Assistant in 2021, and is excited to enhance his knowledge in the legal field. He has a professional background in customer relations and previously studied business law. In his free time, Anthony enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and wine tasting. Anthony is also the proud owner of a start-up interior design business.