About SPEC

Settlement Planning Education Center (SPEC) is an online education provider. At SPEC, we are committed to bringing you high-quality educational materials in an easy-to-use environment.  We provide online education materials necessary to the settlement planning profession. Our courses are designed to provide valuable instruction and insight regardless of one’s level of experience.


Joseph Tombs

Settlement Planning Professional

Joseph Tombs has twenty-seven years of experience in various aspects of law and financial planning. He started his career as a tax and estate planning attorney. Joe has served on the full-time faculties of four universities: University of Georgia, University of Louisiana, Georgia State University, and Texas Tech University and as an adjunct professor at University of Southern Virginia, Kaplan University, and Lubbock Christian University. Joe has served as an Associate Vice President of First Colony Life Insurance Company and Director of Advanced Marketing at GE Financial Assurance.

    Greg Maxwell

    Settlement Planning Professional

    Greg is an attorney, Certified Financial Planner, and settlement planner with Amicus Settlement Planners, LLC. He is also a partner in the law firm Tombs Maxwell LLP and co-founded Amicus Settlement Planners in 2004. His practice specializes in special-needs planning, government benefit planning, and financial planning for settling plaintiffs.

    He is a current board member and past president of the Society of Settlement Planners, a national organization advocating for plaintiff’s rights in the settlement planning process. Greg is a member of the Utah Association for Justice, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, the Financial Planning Association, and the American Bar Association. Greg is a 2003 graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law.

    Greg is a frequent speaker to local, state, and national trial lawyer organizations regarding settlement planning related topics. While the firm is based in Texas, Greg lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and 4 children. Greg enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams, playing tennis, slicing golf balls into the next fairway, and trying not to hurt himself keeping up with his kids.

      Kent Hansen

      Settlement Planning Professional

      Kent is an associate attorney with Tombs Maxwell LLP. Kent’s education includes a JD from Texas Tech University School of Law, a MS in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University, and a BA in History from Utah State University. Kent also previously served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Amicus Financial Advisors, LLC.

        Daniel Maxwell

        Teaching Assistant

        Daniel is a teaching assistant for Settlement Planning Education Center.  Daniel is responsible for the administration, design, and maintenance of the SPEC website, and he is the main contact for students taking courses at SPEC.  In 2015, he graduated summa cum laude from the Creighton University School of Law.  Prior to law school, Daniel worked with Amicus Financial Advisors, LLC and Amicus Settlement Planners, LLC.  Daniel received his B.S. from Brigham Young University, where he graduated magna cum laude from the Marriott Business School of Management, with an emphasis in finance.

        Patrick Tombs

        Teaching Assistant

        Patrick is an attorney for Tombs Maxwell LLP. He is a 2016 graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Patrick received his B.S. in Business Management and Leadership from Southern Virginia University, where he graduated magna cum laude.