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Lora L. Brown


Lora L. Brown

Lora has been practicing exclusively in the trusts and estates area since 1991. She began her law career at the former Seattle firm Bogle & Gates, and then at Stokes Lawrence in Seattle (1993-2006). In 2006 she opened her solo law firm and, after more than a decade of a distinguished solo law practice, she recently joined KHBB.

Lora advises individuals and families in estate planning matters, assists in the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation, premarital and postmarital agreements, and represents fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates. In her work with estate planning clients, Lora focuses on purposeful planning, with a close eye on tax advantageous options for wealth transfers, and works closely with clients to develop succession plans for closely-held businesses.

Lora studied law at the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law), graduating in 1991, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1985 (Communications/Editorial Journalism major).

Born in Seattle, Lora’s family moved to Northcentral Washington when she young and she grew up in Brewster, a small town where the Columbia and Okanogan Rivers merge. She now lives in Ballard, a mile from the home where her father was raised. Lora adopted her daughter, Talley, from Bulgaria in 2002; Talley is a high school senior at Shoreline Christian School.

Recognized as a leader in the estate planning community, Lora was elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) in 2002. She served as Washington State Chair of ACTEC from 2012-2017, and now serves as Western Region Chair (2016-2018). She is currently Vice-Chair of the Practice Committee and also serves on the State Chairs Steering Committee and New Fellows Steering Committee of ACTEC. Lora previously served as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, and as Emeritus Chair of RPPT. She is a Past Chair of the WSBA Taxation Section’s Estate and Gift Tax Committee. Lora has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (Washington Law and Politics) every year since 2002, was honored as a “Top 100 Washington Lawyer” in years 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, and as a “Top 50 Washington Women Lawyer” in eleven consecutive years (to date!) since 2006. She has been chosen by her peers as a “Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates Law” (2007-2017), by American Lawyer Magazine.


Bar Memberships

  • Washington, 1991
  • King County, 1991


  • University of Washington, B.A.,
    Communications (Editorial Journalism), 1985
  • Seattle University, J.D., 1991

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    (elected to the College 2002)
    — Washington State Chair (2012-2017)
    — Western Region Chair (2016-2018)
    — Vice-Chair, Practice Committee (2016-17)
    — Chair, Special Projects Subcommittee/
    Practice Committee (2015-2017)
  • Washington State Bar Association,
    Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
    — Executive Committee, 1996-2007,
    including Section Chair (2005-06) and Emeritus Chair (2012-13)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Section
    — Estate and Gift Tax Committee (Chair 2010-2012)
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle
    (Executive Committee 2008-2010)
  • Washington Women in Tax
  • King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • ACTEC Western Region Meeting, moderator of State Chairs Panel, updates in case and statutory law in the western region (Lake Tahoe, September 2017)
  • ALI-CLE Presentation on ‘Legal and Practical Issues for Estate Planners’ (April 2016); and ACTEC Practice Committee Presentation (March 2016)
  • “Moving On: A Pragmatic Approach to Succession Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses”, (WSBA, RPPT Section, December 2013)
  • “ACTEC Fellows present: Lessons learned, a law practice in retrospect” – panelist and moderator (WSBA RPPT Midyear meeting, June 2013)
  • “Starting and Managing Your Own Law Practice,” panelist (WSBA, July 2010)
  • “Updates on Tax Laws and Regulations Impacting Trusts and Estates,” Program Co-Chair (WSBA, August 2009)
  • “Retirement Planning, When Death and Divorce Collide” (WSBA, November 2006)
  • “Ethics Update” panelist, 50th Annual Estate Planning Seminar (WSBA, November 2005)
  • “Factors in Choosing a Corporate Trustee” panelist, 2005 Northwest Trust Conference, (Washington Bankers Association, April 2005)
  • “Premarital and Postmarital Agreements: The Estate Planner’s Perspective” (Seminar Group, October 2004 and October 2005)
  • “Keeping Probate and Nonprobate Property Straight,” Basic Washington Estate Planning Skills Course, (University of Washington, Washington Law School Foundation (April 2004)
  • “The State of the Estate Tax – The Conundrum Continues,” Washington Planned Giving Council, April 2004)
  • “Enron, Ethics and Lessons for Lawyers” panelist, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Midyear Meeting (WSBA, June 2003) “Estate Planning with a Conservation Purpose,” Land Trust Alliance NW Conference (LTA, April 2001)

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Super Lawyers (2002 - 2017)
  • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016)
  • Best Puget Sound Lawyers (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017)
  • Martindale Hubbell (AV)

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