Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Dorsey & Whitney is described as "a very good firm with a very good historic reputation in the market." The team acts for a variety of individual and institutional clients and also offers in-house trust services via its associated trust company.

Local sources note that the firm has "a great reputation" and "strong relationships in the market." A legal adviser states: "They have good scope and national reach and can help with clients with interests in other jurisdictions."

Joseph Gaffney, senior statesman of the Seattle trusts and estates Bar and long-time partner at Dorsey & Whitney, retired in 2019.

Notable practitioners

Jay Riffkin is recognised as "a strong lawyer" and a "well-regarded attorney whose expertise is sophisticated." He handles tax and estate planning matters and has experience in offshore and cross-border issues. "His background is quite international and he has a very practical approach to the law. He strikes a good balance for clients in terms of pragmatism and protection," reports one source, while another peer notes: "He is great with clients and can really talk them through complex estate planning concepts in an easy-to-understand way."

Walter Impert advises on private client matters and is praised as "a wonderful man and high-quality lawyer." He is described as "a well-established attorney with strong links to the Seattle community" and is also a senior vice president at the firm's associated trust company. "He is really good on all aspects of estate planning, especially tricky issues which require strong attention to detail," reports a peer.