Professional Biography
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Akane Suzuki Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099


  • Bellevue

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    10885 N.E. Fourth Street, Suite 700

    Bellevue, WA 98004-5579




Akane R. Suzuki’s practice encompasses sophisticated estate planning, probate/trust administration, international estate planning, and related tax matters. She assists clients in a broad range of matters, including wills, powers of attorney, and complex gifting strategies that may involve trusts, business succession, and charitable giving.

Akane represents business owners, executives, young entrepreneurs, retirees, and beneficiaries of dynasty trusts. She focuses on understanding the client and the clients’ priorities in order to create an estate plan that preserves family businesses and legacies. Her work is so valued that clients frequently seek her counsel on issues outside of her practice area. Chambers USA called her, “internationally respected” and the “premier international attorney in the state.”

Akane is well-known locally, nationally, and internationally for her cross-border estate planning, particularly involving Canada and Japan, as well as other countries. As a native Japanese speaker, she has an in-depth knowledge of U.S.-Japanese plans and is the editor of a Japanese-language book on cross-border estate plans.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers High Net Worth (Washington) Leading Individual, Private Wealth Law, 2016 – 2022
  • Perkins Coie Washington practice ranked Band 1, in Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), 2016 – 2022
  • Listed in Chambers High Net Worth Foreign Expert for Japan based in the USA, 2018 – 2022
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Tax Law; Trusts and Estates, 2011 – 2023
  • Listed in Chambers Global Guide, International Private Client, 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Trust and Estates, 2016, 2018
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers list, Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2010 – 2022
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers list, Top 100 Lawyers 2012 – 2022
  • Named a Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers, 2003 – 2006, 2009
  • Listed in Puget Sound Business Journal's "Forty Under 40," 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012
  • Peer Review Rated AV® in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow and Chair Elect for Washington; International Estate Planning Committee, Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Executive Committee Member, 2012 – 2014
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Academician
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Seattle Branch Co-Founder
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Committee Member, 2010 – 2012; Tax Section, Member
  • Washington Women in Tax, Member

Community Involvement

  • Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, Member
  • Japan Business Association of Seattle, Board Member, 2009 – 2010, 2015 – 2016
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMA Seattle), Founding Board Member, 2007 – 2013
  • Nichibei Women's Network, Member




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2000
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1999, Executive Editor of Notes and Comments, Washington Law Review
  • Lewis & Clark, B.A., East Asian Studies, with honors, 1995