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Janis A. Cunningham

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Partner

Firmwide Chair, Personal Planning Practice

Janis Cunningham, a partner and Chair of the firm's Personal Planning practice, has over 30 years of experience in trust and estate law.  A Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, she prepares estate planning documents for clients and represents them in probate and trust administration proceedings.  She advises clients in a broad range of lifetime gifting strategies, including generation skipping planning, assists in the preparation of estate and gift tax returns, and is involved in estate and trust dispute resolution proceedings.

Professional Recognition

  • Received the Five Star Professional Award – Overall Satisfaction, 2009 - 2013
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2001 - 2013
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers,” 2005 - 2006, 2012 
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Top 50 Washington Female Super Lawyers,” 2004 - 2007, 2012
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 1989 - Present: Trusts and Estates
  • Listed in The Seattle Times, “Seattle's Best Lawyers,” July 2013
  • Listed in Seattle Business Monthly, "Top 87 Business Lawyers," January 2007 

Professional Leadership

  • Selected and attended Kellogg School of Management Strategic Leadership program, 2011
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 1988 - 2013 
  • Seattle Foundation, Professional Advisors Council, 2006 - 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Committee, 1988 - 1995
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Chairperson, 1993 - 1994
  • Washington State Bar Association Trust Task Force, 1981 - 1984
  • King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, President, 1986 ‑ 1987
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Executive Board, 1985 - 2002, and past President, 1996 - 2002
  • University of Washington, Estate Planning Advisory Board, 1984 - 1986

Related Employment

  • Karr Tuttle Campbell, Seattle, WA, Associate, 1977 - 1984; Partner, 1984 - 1988
  • University of Washington Law School, Faculty, 1984

Clerkships

  • Hon. Eugene A. Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1976 - 1977

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1976
    Editor-in-Chief, Washington Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin, B.S., Psychology, 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington