Dean V. Butler
Dean V. Butler, a principal, joined the firm in 2002. Mr. Butler was formerly a shareholder at the Seattle law firm of Stokes Lawrence, P.S. and a member of Foster Pepper, PLLC, also in Seattle. He concentrates his practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, trusts, estates, probate and estate planning.

Mr. Butler counsels individuals, families, and businesses on income tax; estate and gift tax; state tax; transfer, wealth, and succession planning; and business structures. In addition to Mr. Butler being an estate planning attorney, he also handles probate and trust matters, and works with charitable trusts and tax exempt organizations.

Honors and Recognitions

Mr. Butler holds an LL.M. in taxation and a certified public accounting certificate. He has been named by Washington Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Washington State for each of the years 2003-2016. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for each of the years 2001-2016, for the specialty of Trusts and Estates.

Mr. Butler was recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as one of King County's "Top Lawyers 2010." Seattle Metropolitan Magazine culled their list using the Martindale-Hubbell® ratings. He has been awarded an "AV" Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is given to attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

In addition, Mr. Butler has the following honors and recognitions:

  • Certified Public Accounting Certificate (Washington)
  • Member, Beta Alpha Psi (National Accounting Fraternity)
  • Chagrin Law Award (highest law school GPA), Santa Clara Law, 1979
  • Emery Law Scholarship, Santa Clara Law, 1977-1979
  • Chapter Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Fraternity), Seattle University, President, 1975-1976
  • Leadership and Scholarship Award, Albers School of Business, Seattle University, 1975-1976
  • President's List (second highest GPA in business school), Seattle University


  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1980
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Santa Clara Law, 1979
  • B.A., Accounting, summa cum laude, Seattle University, 1976

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Estate & Gift Tax Committee, Taxation Law Section, Washington State Bar Association, member and former chair
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association, Former Executive Committee member, former editor of section's newsletter

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