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Donald John-Mark Kenney

also known as John Kenney

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business, Corporate & Incorporation, Tax, Real Estate

About Me

Mr. Kenney has over seventeen years helping families, individuals and business owners with estate planning, asset protection, wealth preservation and transfer and tax minimization.  He is a Managing Partner of his six attorney firm.


 


As an estate planning and asset protection attorney Mr. Kenney has created thousands of estate and asset protection plans, which include wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, other advance medical directives, revocable living trusts, dynasty trusts, safe harbor trusts, irrevocable trusts, gifting trusts, educational trusts, retirement plan trusts, IRA trusts, charitable trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, private foundations, 501c3 charities, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, (FLP) domestic asset protection trusts in jurisdictions such as Nevada, Delaware and Alaska, and foreign asset protection trusts, including trusts organized under the Cook Islands and Belize laws.


 


As a business attorney, Mr. Kenney consults and helps organize and setup all forms of business entities such as Sole Proprietorships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Limited Partnerships (LP), and General Partnerships (GP).  He is an astute counselor in advising business owners regarding all types of business transactions, contracts, leases, business purchases and sales, independent contractor agreements, employee policies, employee agreements among many others.


 


A sought after expert, Mr. Kenney is the author of several articles and has presented nearly a hundred seminars throughout the country to audiences of potential clients and his contemporaries in the legal and tax field.


 


Mr. Kenney serves as a Commander in the US Navy JAG Corps.  He serves as a Pro Tem Municipal Court Judge for the City of Poulsbo. He has been a guest instructor, teaching military justice for the University ofWashington Navy ROTC program for eleven years.


 


Education


University of WashingtonSchool of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2004


University of UtahCollege of Law, J.D. 1997


BrighamYoungUniversity, B.A., 1993


 Bar Admissions
        Washington


Arizona


Utah


Federal District Court, Western District of Washington


 Professional Activities


        Washington State Bar Association


Arizona State Bar Association


Utah State Bar Association


Member, WealthCounsel


PastPresident KitsapCounty Estate Planning Council


Board Member, HarrisonMedicalCenter Foundation


Board Member, Bremerton Historic Ships Association


Board Member, Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce


Board Member, Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation


Member, Washington State Bar Association Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section


Speaking Events -- “Asset Protection Overview”, Building Strength Webinars, December 6, 2011, “Estate Planning Basics”, “Asset Protection Overview”, “Business Planning and Structures”, “Charitable Estate Planning”, “IRA and Retirement Plan Protection”, Vista Financial Planning Group, Multiple Webinars, November and December 2011, “Advanced Medical Directives”, HarrisonMedicalCenter, October 12, 2011, “Self Directed Investing for IRA and Retirement Plans”, Viking Bank, June 21, 2011, “Laying The Groundwork”, “Business Entities”, Going Offshore”, “Advanced Real Estate Protection”, “Sophisticated Insurance Planning”, “Retirement Fund Planning and Protection”, National Business Institute’s Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionals, June 15, 2011, “Estate Planning for Donors”, Harrison Medical Center, May 25, 2011, “Charitable Estate Planning Strategies Every Planner Should Know”, HarrisonMedicalCenter, Lunch and Learn for Professional Advisors, May 12, 2011, “Asset Protection and Strategies for Real Estate Investors”, The Legacy Financial Group, March 12, 2011, “Structuring Your Real Estate Invesment Business For Asset Protection and Tax Reduction”, Real Estate Association of Puget Sound Boot Camp, October 30, 2010,  “Estate Planning Fundamentals”, Windermere Real Estate Senior Real Estate Specialist Class, October 26 and 29, 2010, “Proper Entity Structuring for Real Estate Investing”, Vestus, September 9, 2010


Publications -- Can Your Business Be Stolen? - Washington CEO, December 14, 2007,  7 Deadly Sins of Business Owners - Lineberry Kenney website, November 17, 2006, Property Owners Have Ways to Protect Themselves - Puget Sound Business Journal, September 18, 2006, Will Your Business Survive You? - KitsapPeninsula Business Journal, September 9, 2006, It Takes More Than a Business Plan to Protect Your Assets - KitsapPeninsula Business Journal, June 5, 2006, Understanding Revocable Living Trusts - Lineberry Kenney website, November 15, 2004, Seven Myths of Estate Planning - Lineberry Kenney website, October 15, 2004, Toward a zero estate tax and a good conscience with Charitable Estate Planning - Lineberry Kenney website, September 17, 2004

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Languages Spoken: Italian, English

Photos and Videos

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    18 years, 500 cases
  3. Business: 20%
    18 years, 500 cases
  4. Real Estate: 5%
    18 years, 500 cases
  5. Tax: 5%
    18 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($100-275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Brittany S. A. Cline

    John's expertise in the area of estate planning is among the most specialized in our legal community and I continue to look to him as a mentor in this field; not only for his knowledge but also for his ethical and professional practice.

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    Brittany Cline Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Elizabeth C. Thompson

    I endorse this lawyer. John Kenney and I have worked together on matters that involve complex business transactions and litigation. He is efficient and client-oriented. I highly endorse Mr. Kenney and am confident clients will benefit from his advocacy.

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    Elizabeth Thompson Administrative Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

John Kenney & Associates, PLLC

17791 Fjord Dr NE Ste 154
Poulsbo, WA, 98370-8482

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200205/05/2015
AZInactive 200202/26/2015
UTInactive199705/10/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Meritorious Service MedalUS Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps2014
Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Jr. Award of ExcellenceAssistant Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy2012
Navy Commendation MedalUS Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Certificate of Appreciation for Veterans Pro Bono WorkKitsap County Board of Commissioners2011
Certificate of Appreciation for Veterans Pro Bono WorkKitsap County Board of Commissioners2010
Navy Commendation MedalUS Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps2009
Heart Saver Hero AwardAmerican Heart Association2008
Navy Commendation MedalUS Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corps2007
Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Jr. Award of ExcellenceAssistant Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy2007
Navy Commendation MedalUS Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerJohn Kenney & Associates, PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerLuce Kenney & Associates, PS2012 - 2015
PartnerLuce, Lineberry Kenney, PS2010 - 2012
PartnerLineberry Kenney, PLLC2004 - 2010
Senior Associate AttorneyDeloitte Tax, LLP2002 - 2004
Managing AttorneyLodmell & Lodmell, PC2000 - 2002
Legal Assistance Attorney and Defense CounselUs Navy Judge Advocate Generals' Corps, Navy Legal Service Office Northwest1997 - 2000
CommanderUnited States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps1995 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family FoundationDirector and General Counsel2013 - Present
Poulsbo Chamber of CommerceFormer Vice President, current member2012 - Present
Harrison Medical Center FoundationBoard Member2011 - Present
Bremerton Historic Ships' AssociationBoard Member2011 - Present
Estate Planning Council of Kitsap CountyPast President2003 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Winters v SargentWe prevailed on summary judgment and recovered over $3,000.00 in attorney's fees for my client.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute CLE MaterialCutting Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques2011
Washington CEO MagazineCan Your Business Be Stolen2007
Lineberry Kenney, PLLC website7 Deadly Sins of Business Owners2006
Puget Sound Business JournalProperty Owners Have Ways to Protect Themselves2006
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalWill Your Business Survive You?2006
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalIt Takes More Than A Business Plan To Protect Your Assets2006
Lineberry Kenney websiteUnderstanding Revocable Living Trusts2004
Lineberry Kenney websiteSeven Myths of Estate Planning2004
Lineberry Kenney websiteToward a Zero Estate Tax and a Good Conscience with Charitable Estate Planning2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2004
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Brigham Young UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Navy Region Legal Service Office NorthwestDistressed Real Estate and Options For Homeowners2013
Harrison Medical CenterFiscal Cliff Legislation and How it Affects Your Estate Plan2013
Advanced Estate Planning for AdvisorsAdvanced Estate Planning2012
Vista Financial Planning Group WebinarIRA and Retirement Plan Protection2011
Vista Financial Planning Group WebinarCharitable Estate Planning2011
Vista Financial Planning Group WebinarBusiness Planning and Structures2011
Vista Financial Planning Group WebinarAsset Protection Overview2011
Vista Financial Planning Group WebinarEstate Planning Basics2011
Viking BankSelf Directed Investing for IRA and Retirement Plans2011
Lunch and Learn for Attorneys, Accountants and Financial ProfessionalsCharitable Estate Planning Strategies Every Planner Should Know2011
Legacy Financial GroupAsset Protection Strategies for Real Estate Investors2011
Harrison Medical CenterEstate Planning for Charitable Donors2011
Harrison Medical CenterAdvanced Medical Directives2011
Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionalsRetirement Fund Planning and Protection2011
Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionalsSophisticated Insurance Planning2011
Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionalsAdvanced Real Estate Protection2011
Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionalsGoing Offshore2011
Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionalsBusiness Entities2011
Cutting-Edge Asset Protection Skills and Techniques seminar for attorneys and professionalsLaying the Groundwork for Asset Protection2011
Building Strength WebinarsAsset Protection Overview2011
Windermere Senior Real Estate Specialist CourseEstate Planning Fundamentals2010
VestusProper Entity Structuring for Real Estate Investing2010
Real Estate Association of Puget Sound Boot CampStructuring Your Real Estate Investment Business For Asset Protection and Tax Reduction2010