Duffy Kekel LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Duffy Kekel focuses on private client and estate planning matters, and its attorneys are acknowledged as "leaders in this market who have a significant role to play in the wider industry." The firm also provides in-depth advice on charitable planning and tax-related disputes.

One market source reports: "They are a very good group of lawyers with real high-quality abilities." Another legal market insider states: "They have lots of good attorneys and are a good blend of experience and dynamism."

Notable practitioners

Charles Mauritz has developed a strong reputation acting for high net worth agricultural and family business clients, notably in Eastern Oregon. "He is known as an expert in agribusiness; that's his specialty," comments a market source, who further describes him as "very smart, affable and approachable." A fellow attorney explains: "He is super intelligent and everyone has heaps of time and respect for him. His experience will be his key strength as he has advised families for years, and that really comes through when building personal relationships with clients."

Philip Jones has longstanding experience in trusts and estates and is recognised as being "very knowledgeable and respected in the community." A source reports: "He is a senior lawyer with lots of experience and acts as a mentor to other lawyers." Jones's strength in disputes matters is highlighted; one of his peers notes that "he is a go-to person for private wealth and fiduciary litigation." He is also praised by a fellow attorney for "having lots of good ideas and coming up with very creative approaches."

Shannon Connelly provides wide-ranging advice in connection with estate and tax planning. "She's important in the trusts and estates community in Portland," states one market insider, who continues: "She is really good at what she does and is extremely knowledgeable." Another private client attorney says: "She's a great lawyer who is super smart and a future leader of the group. I'm more than happy to refer clients to her."

Timothy Wachter has broad experience in estate and charitable planning matters. One Seattle source notes: "He is a very good lawyer who is smart, knowledgeable and can explain complex ideas in an easy-to-understand and digestible way." Another legal industry insider reveals that "he can handle extremely large estates and is someone who can fix a problem for the client when it gets serious."