During his career, Doug assisted high net worth individuals in evaluating and implementing personal planning strategies. He also advised individuals and professional fiduciaries on estate and trust administration matters and served as a mediator and arbitrator in trust and estate disputes. Doug also serves on the Board of Directors for Heritage University and looks forward to spending more time traveling and learning new things.



  • Washington, 1979
  • Alaska, 2008


  • Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of Law), J.D., summa cum laude (1979)
  • Michigan State University, B.A. in Classical Studies, high honors, Phi Beta Kappa (1976)

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates (1993 - 2021)
  • Washington Super Lawyers (2003 - 2021)
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 1 (2016 - 2019)
  • Top-Rated Lawyer, West Coast, National Law Journal (2017)
  • Top 100 Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers (2003 - 2014, 2016)
  • Top 10 Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers (2007)
  • Washington State Bar Association Award of Merit (1999)
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Representative Work

Common representations involve:

  • The preparation of wills, trusts and other documents to implement planning strategies
  • The use of limited liability companies and family partnerships
  • Developing charitable planning options to meet charitable and family goals
  • Assisting with business transitions
  • Helping to resolve disputes involving interests in trusts and estates

Publications & Presentations

  • "Perspectives on Mediation from a Mediator and Practitioners," panelist, WSBA 2019 Trust and Estate Litigation CLE (May 2019)
  • "Planning for the 2 to 20 Million Dollar Estate," presenter, 2019 Senior Lawyers Section Conference (Apirl 2019)
  • "Estate Planning in a Nutshell," presenter, Michigan State alumni group (April 2019) 
  • "Portability Planning in the New Paradigm," East King County Estate Planning Council (March 2015) & Washington Society of CPAs, Yakima Chapter (February 2015)
  • "Crafting Donor Agreements that Withstand the Test of Time," Washington Planned Giving Council (November 2014) & Conference on Philanthropic and Legacy Planning for Professional Advisors (June 2014)
  • "Portability Planning," presenter, 2013 Real Property, Probate & Trust Midyear, presented by WSBA (June 2013)
  • "Portability & the Deceased Spouse Unused Exemption Amount," Estate & Gift Tax Updates: More "Permanent" Estate Planning? presented by WSBA (March 2013)
  • "Planning for the $2 Million to $10 Million Estate: A Potpourri of Planning Possibilities for Pusillanimous Penny Pinchers of Pecuniary Plenty," presented by Everett Estate Planning Council (March 2013)
  • "Cocktail Law - How to Answer . . . You're a Lawyer Aren't You? - Estate Planning," presenter, WSBA 7th Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference (July 2012)
  • "Forming Stronger Client Relationships," presenter, WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Midyear Conference (June 2012)
  • "Planning for the $2 Million to $10 Million Estate: A Potpourri of Planning Possibilities for Pusillanimous Penny Pinchers of Pecuniary Plenty," presenter, 56th Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Washington State Bar Association/Estate Planning Council of Seattle (November 2011)
  • "The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Tax Act of 2010)," presenter, Yakima Estate Planning Council (January 2011)
  • "21st Century Ethics," presenter, University of Washington School of Law (October 2010)
  • "Outsourcing the Profession and Internet Legal Service Competition," The Law of Lawyering, Washington State Bar Association (December 2008)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Actively involved in the drafting and passage of trust and estate legislation, including the Trust Act of 1984 and the 1999 Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act
  • Heritage University Board of Directors (2018)
  • Seattle University Planned Giving Committee (2014 - present)
  • Fred Hutchinson Planned Giving Advisory Board (2014 - present)
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Governance Task Force (2012 - 2013)
  • Former Governor (8th Congressional District) and Treasurer, Washington State Bar Association Board (2005 – 2008)
  • Past Chair of Executive Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association (1997 – 1998)
  • Estate Planning Professor, University of Washington School of Law JD and LLM programs (1995 – 1996)
  • Former adjunct professor of law, Seattle University School of Law (1985 – 1986)