Professional Biography

Thomas (Tom) C. Gores Partner

  • Bellevue

    D +1.425.635.1444

    F +1.425.635.2444


    10885 N.E. Fourth Street, Suite 700

    Bellevue, WA 98004-5579


  • Seattle

    T +1.206.359.8000

    F +1.206.359.9000


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Tom Gores practices in the area of personal planning. He helps clients with personal tax and estate planning issues, trust and estate administration, and corporate fiduciary counseling. His practice includes planning for business owners and families on a multi-generational basis, as well as philanthropy planning and valuation issues. 

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
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 1987 - 2022: Trusts & Estates 
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2003 - 2021
  • Listed in Seattle Business Monthly, "Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers"
  • Received the FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award - Best in Client Satisfaction, 2010
  • 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

  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Past Chairman 
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Fellow
  • Seattle Estate Planning Council, Past President 

Community Involvement

  • Children's Orthopedic Hospital Legacy Advisory Board
  • Swedish Hospital Foundation Board
  • Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) Board





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington


  • University of Miami, LL.M., Estate Planning, 1977
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1973
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1970