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Douglas C. Lawrence

Douglas C. Lawrence

also known as Doug Lawrence

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business

About Me

Doug assists high net wealth individuals in evaluating and implementing personal planning strategies, and advises individuals and professional fiduciaries on estate and trust administration matters. He works with clients in a broad range of industries, including high-tech, agriculture and commercial real estate.  Doug also acts as a mediator and arbitrator in trust and estate disputes. 



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Estate Planning: 90%
    36 years
  2. Business: 10%
    30 years

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Contact Info

Stokes Lawrence

1420 Fifth Avenue Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101-2393

Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

120 N. Naches Ave.
Yakima, WA, 98901-2757




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyer2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
The Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
The Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2013
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward-White, Inc.2012
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward-White, Inc.2011
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward-White, Inc.2010
Top 100 LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2009
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2006
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2003
Award of MeritWashington State Bar Association1999
FellowAmerican Bar AssociationN/A
FellowAmerican College of Trust and Estate CounselN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderStokes Lawrence1984 - Present
AssociatePreston, Thorgrimson, Ellis & Holman1979 - 1984

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Fred Hutchinson Planned Giving Advisory BoardN/A2014 - Present
Seattle University Planned Giving CommitteeN/A2014 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Governance Task ForceMember2012 - 2013
Board of Governors, WSBAFormer Governor2006 - 2008
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionPast Chair of Executive Committee1997 - 1998
University of Washington School of Law JD and LLM programsEstate Planning Professor1995 - 1996
Seattle University School of LawFormer adjunct professor of law1985 - 1986
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Yakima County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
Copy EditorReutlinger’s Washington Law of Wills and Intestate Succession2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude1979
Michigan State UniversityClassical StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts with High Honors1976

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Washington Planned Giving Council MeetingCrafting Donor Agreements that Withstand the Test of Time2015
Planning Council MeetingPortability Planning in the New Paradigm2015
Planning Council MeetingPortability Planning2015
Council Luncheon PresentationCrafting Donor Agreements that Withstand the Test of Time2014
PresentationPlanning for the $2 Million to $10 Million Estate: A Potpourri of Planning Possibilities for Pusillanimous Penny Pinchers of Pecuniary Plenty2013
Estate & Gift Tax Updates: More "Permanent" Estate Planning?Portability & the Deceased Spouse Unused Exemption Amount2013
WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Midyear ConferenceForming Stronger Client Relationships2012
WSBA 7th Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceCocktail Law - How to Answer . . . You’re a Lawyer Aren’t You? - Estate Planning2012
Yakima Estate Planning Council MeetingThe Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 20102011
56th Annual Estate Planning SeminarPlanning for the $2 Million to $10 Million Estate2011
Finding Our Future - Practicing Law in the 21st Century21st Century Ethics2010
The Law of LawyeringOutsourcing the Profession and Internet Legal Service Competition2008
Ethics WorkoutBOG Issues Under Current Review and What Might be on the Horizon2007
51st Annual Estate Planning SeminarEthics Update” - A Review of Final Changes in the WRPC2006
50th Annual Estate Planning SeminarEthics Update - A Review of Proposed Changes in the WRPC2005
Unknown.Advanced Probate2005
Unknown.The Essentials of Community Property: Introducing the New Washington Community Property Deskbook - Prenuptial Agreements and Community Property Agreements2003
St. Paul MinnesotaMediation: An Answer for your Practice and your Clients2003