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Garvey Schubert Barer

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Managing Partner: Greg Duff
Number of partners: 74
Number of attorneys: 111
Languages: French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Since its founding in 1966, Garvey Schubert Barer has counselled clients across virtually all industry sectors, with a special emphasis in international trade and transportation, maritime law, technology, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, communications and media, and arts and entertainment. The firm represents individuals and middle-market companies as well as a broad range of family and closely-held businesses, investment firms, financial institutions, nonprofit organisations, and government entities.

Main Areas of Practice:

Estate Planning, Administration & Dispute Resolution:

Most people want to transfer assets to their beneficiaries in the most efficient manner possible after passing, and no one wants to create or encourage a family dispute. Yet, many people have difficulty following through on these intentions. At Garvey Schubert Barer, the firm makes it easier for its clients to do this. The firm helps its clients gather information, understand issues and make decisions. The firm explains the benefits of estate planning clearly so its clients can focus on the positive, proactive aspects of it.

Garvey Schubert Barer enjoys long-term relationships with clients, which is important because an estate plan should be updated periodically to accommodate changes in the client’s life and goals and to keep pace with changes in state and federal tax laws. The firm also provides sophisticated tax-related planning services. These include setting up and administering irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and facilitating the transfer of special assets, such as interests in businesses and real property. The firm also has a long tradition of assisting clients in optimising gifts to charities, whether through the use of direct gifts, charitable trusts or other sophisticated planning opportunities.

Many of the firm’s clients are small and closely-held business owners, and the group has significant experience in issues such as intra-and intergenerational rivalries among family members, compensation disputes, breaches of fiduciary duties by family members, death and succession issues, integrating non-family members into the company structure, and difficulties in determining lines of authority.

The firm’s goal is to maintain and grow financial value while reducing friction within the family and avoiding long-term conflicts.

The firm’s attorneys cover the West Coast and are admitted in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, New York and California. Most have advanced tax-law degrees. One has a hybrid estate-planning and estate-litigation practice that gives a unique perspective on dispute resolution matters. The practice is one of the few groups in the Seattle area who can perform sophisticated international estate planning and probate/trust administration.

Business, Corporate Finance & Tax:
The firm’s corporate attorneys work proactively to protect clients’ interests and position them for success. Advising both US and international clients across jurisdictions and industry sectors, they provide comprehensive legal services, including business formation; mergers and acquisitions; contracts; joint ventures and strategic alliances; regulatory compliance; reorganisations, and dissolutions and liquidations. Garvey Schubert Barer’s tax attorneys assist publicly traded companies and nonprofit organisations in a wide array of local, state and international tax matters.

Hospitality; Travel &Tourism:
Members of the hospitality, travel and tourism group are well-versed in an industry operating under the ancient ‘law of innkeepers, bailments and barter;’ while at the same time, drafting and negotiating real estate purchase and sale agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, group sales agreements and intellectual property licenses for today’s business needs. From traditional real estate acquisitions, disposition and financings to high-end restaurant concept protection to technology agreements for the very latest geo-location mobile apps, attorneys’ substantive knowledge has been perfected by years of collective experience applying it to real-world, practical issues facing owners and operators in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries.

International Business:
Garvey Schubert Barer has had a sophisticated international practice since the early 1970s. In 1973, the firm was one of the first US law firms to place an attorney in Japan. In 1979, the firm’s attorneys helped negotiate the reopening of shipping relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China after a hiatus of nearly 30 years. Today Garvey Schubert Barer’s clients and attorneys continue to work at the forefront of expanding Pacific Rim trade and investment, including opportunities in China, Japan and Canada.

Sports, Arts & Entertainment:
Garvey Schubert Barer’s sports, arts and entertainment group has the experience, know-how and vision to help clients navigate the unique business and legal environment in which in which they operate, build their personal brands, and shape their careers for long-term success on and beyond the playing field and the stage.