Professional Biography

Colonel F. Betz Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Colonel Betz is a partner in the firm and was the firmwide chair of the Trust & Estate Planning Practice from 2016 through 2021. He focuses his practice on personal, tax and estate planning for individuals and families as well as the representation of fiduciaries in estate and trust administration. He advises clients on a broad range of basic and sophisticated estate planning strategies, estate and trust administration issues, probate, estate and trust dispute resolution matters, and the preparation of gift and estate tax returns. His practice includes planning for executives, business owners and multigenerational families, as well as philanthropic planning.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a “Notable Practitioner” in Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), 2016 - 2020
  • Perkins Coie Washington practice ranked Band 1, in Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), 2016 - 2021
  • Received the Five Star Professional Award – Overall Satisfaction, 2007 - 2012
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Stars of Washington Law,” 2002 - 2012
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2009 - 2022: Trusts and Estates

Professional Leadership

  • University of Washington Estate and Gift Planning Council
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle 

Related Employment

  • Whatcom County Public Defenders Office, Bellingham, WA, Legal Intern, Summer 1998
  • Price Waterhouse LLP, Seattle, WA, Tax Consultant, Summer 1997
  • Price Waterhouse LLP, Seattle, WA, Staff Accountant, 1995 - 1996





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Washington, B.A., Business Administration and Accounting, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995