Professional Biography
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Lorri Anne Dunsmore Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




Lorri Dunsmore has over 24 years of experience representing individuals, businesses and tax-exempt organizations in a variety of charitable, wealth transfer, business succession and federal tax matters. Lorri regularly works with individuals and tax-exempt organizations to address a wide range of tax and state law issues impacting charitable giving, formation of nonprofits and addressing the specialized needs of tax-exempt organizations including private foundation excise taxes, excess benefit transactions, lobbying restrictions, fundraising law compliance, commercial co-ventures and joint ventures. Lorri has spoken and written about numerous issues related to nonprofit governance and compliance matters and has worked with a variety of tax-exempt organizations to provide training for board members and officers.  Lorri's practice also includes advising clients on the formation, operation, management and transfer of family business entities. She works closely with families to implement business succession and wealth transfer strategies.  Lorri has experience advising privately held corporations, limited liability companies and professional corporations on issues ranging from formation to dissolution.

Professional Recognition

  • Perkins Coie Washington practice ranked Band 1, in Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), 2016 - 2018
  • ABA Business Law Section, National Public Service Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations, 2017
  • Named Best Lawyers' Seattle "Non-Profit / Charities Law Lawyer of the Year," 2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Non-Profit/Charities Law; Tax Law
  • Andy Guy Pro Bono Leadership Award, 2017

Professional Leadership

  • Washington Women in Tax, Former Board Director and President
  • Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations, Member and Instructor
  • WSBA Nonprofit Committee, Work on Model Act

Community Involvement

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Planned Giving Advisory Committee
  • Seattle Foundation, Professional Advisors Council
  • Perkins Coie Charitable Foundation, Secretary
  • Volunteer Teacher for Junior Achievement
  • Active Community Volunteer




Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

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

  • U.S. Tax Court


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D.,
    Order of the Coif
    , 1987,
    Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review
  • Chadron State College, B.A., Criminal Justice, Psychology and Guidance,
    with high distinction
    , 1984
  • Creighton University


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