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Lisa advises nonprofit organizations and businesses on critical legal issues in order to keep them compliant with a myriad of rules and regulations.  She counsels nonprofits on tax and operational issues, including formation, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, private foundation excise taxes, excess benefit transactions, lobbying restrictions, fundraising law compliance, and collaboration with other nonprofits or businesses. Lisa also counsels closely held businesses and startups on governance issues, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, deferred compensation, corporate giving, social entrepreneurism, and general business issues.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 50%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance: 20%

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Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101-2393


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2013
Thomas Neville Pro Bono AwardWSBA, Young Lawyers Division2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderSchwabe Williamson & Wyatt2015 - Present
ShareholderStokes Lawrence2015 - 2015
AssociateStokes Lawrence2011 - 2014
AssociatePerkins Coie2006 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Seattle Tax GroupMember2015 - Present
YWCA of Seattle-King-SnohomishDirector2015 - Present
Washington Planned Giving CouncilMember2014 - Present
Washington Women in TaxMember2014 - Present
Seattle Philanthropic Advisors NetworkMember2012 - Present
Nonprofit Legal Assistance Clinic, King County Bar AssociationCounsel2010 - Present
Page Ahead Children's Literacy ProgramDirector2010 - 2013
Business Assistance Panel, King County Bar AssociationCounsel2009 - 2011
InvestEDDirector2009 - 2015
Legal Services for the Homeless Committee, King County Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2011
Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section and Taxation Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Taxation Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Business Law Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Corporate Counsel Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws2006
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Washington State UniversityCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women Presidents' Organization meetingStrategic Planning for Women Business Owners2015
Washington Planned Giving CouncilPanel Discussion of Endowments2015
The Basics for New Not-for-Profit Board MembersNot-for-Profit Board Members - Roles, Responsibilities and Legal Issues2015
Seattle Certified Public Accountant Tax RoundtableDeferred Compensation and Section 409A2015
Young Lawyers Forum, ABA Section of TaxationCradle to Grave - An Overview of Legal and Practical Aspects of Representing Businesses2014
Women in PhilanthropyBest Practice for Nonprofit Board Members2014
Washington Women in TaxBoard Member Basics2014
Stokes Law BriefAvoiding Personal Liability: Advice for Owners and Managers of Privately Held Businesses2014
Seattle Tax Group MeetingExecutive Compensation and IRC 409A Issues2014
Seattle Estate Planning Council meetingSocial Purpose and Benefit Corporations: What They are and What They Mean for the Nonprofit, Estate and Business Sectors2014
Bainbridge Community FoundationBest Practices for Nonprofit Board Members2014
Smart Women's Lunch SeriesBoard Member Basics2013
RPPT Fall Probate and Trust SeminarSuccession Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses2013
IP SectionKey Intellectual Property Terms in Operating Agreements2013
Examining Regulations on International Activities and Social Purpose Corporations in the Context of Today's EconomyLegislation With Social Purpose2013
Business Tips for Smart EntrepreneursBusiness Leaders Panel Discussion2013
Advanced Issues in the Law of Nonprofit OrganizationsSocial Purpose and Benefit Corporations: What Are They and What Do They Mean for the Nonprofit Sector?2013
Stokes Law BriefsStrategic Moves for Executive Transitions2012
Seattle University MNPL ProgramLegal Considerations for Washington Nonprofits and 501(c)(3) Organizations2011