Professional Biography

Janis A. Cunningham Of Counsel

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8607

    F +1.206.359.9607

    Seattle

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

    +1.206.359.8607

    JCunningham@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Janis Cunningham, an attorney in the firm's Trust & Estate Planning practice, has over 40 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

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 1988 - 2021
  • 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
  • Named "Distinguished Alumni” by the Washington Law Review at the University of Washington School of Law, 2016
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 1999 - 2021
  • Listed in Super Lawyer Magazine, “Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers,” 2004 - 2006, 2010 - 2014, 2016 - 2020
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers,” 2004 - 2020
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 1989 - 2021: Trusts and Estates - Estate Planning
  • Ranked “Superb” by Avvo, the online lawyer directory
  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • Perkins Coie Firmwide Chair, Trust & Estate Planning Practice, 2005 - 2015
  • Selected and attended Kellogg School of Management Strategic Leadership Program, 2011
  • 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 Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1976 - 1977

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Bar and Court Admissions

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

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