Perkins Coie LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

Northern California
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Perkins Coie offers clients assistance with a broad range of estate planning and business succession matters. One source says: “I have confidence that they are well-versed in all aspects of estate planning and, in particular, planning for high net worth clients or those with needs for cross-border planning.”

“Overall the Perkins team is effective and helpful in cultivating the client experience. They are knowledgeable and seek to find the best solutions for clients. The focus on being thoughtful, thorough and accurate with clients,” comments an interviewee. Another notes that “I find the attorneys there highly capable and knowledgeable and they engage well with clients.”

Notable practitioners

Paula Leibovitz Goodwin counsels high net worth families and individuals on estate planning matters. "Paula is amazing to work with. Not only does she understand the legal issues at a very high level, but she understands client psychology," states a source, who adds: "She is warm and compassionate and helps clients feel comfortable when discussing complex estate issues." Another source reports: "We have found Paula to be very creative in finding solutions to our clients' unique circumstances, both in accomplishing estate and gift tax goals, as well as creatively navigating around family disputes that would have prevented efficient estate planning for our clients."

Susan Von Herrmann "is a very good critical thinker, she is very comfortable dealing with a variety of complex trust and estate solutions that clients demand. You can put her in any meeting with anybody," states a market insider. Von Herrmann is a trusted adviser to wealth clients assisting with multi-generational wealth transfer. "Susan is a strategic thinker and is truly focused on the welfare of her clients," reports an interviewee. Another agrees: "Susan does a very good job as a holistic adviser, she does an excellent job looking at the bigger picture and thinks about the client's whole balance sheet. She looks out for the client's best interest."