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About Me

My practice primarily focuses on the fields of taxation and estate planning, with special expertise in ERISA (qualified and non-qualified plans and Section 409A issues). In 1990, I founded the Health Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. I also served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1970, including a tour in the Republic of Vietnam from 1969-1970.


I have extensive experience working with both corporate and business clients on issues relating to limited liability companies, physician practices and joint ventures, reorganizations, and related matters.


  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent Lawyer Member)

  • Best Lawyers in America in Tax (1987-present), Employee Benefits (1993-present), and Health Law (1991-1999)

  • Moderator and panelist at American Bar and State Bar Association programs


Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
  2. Tax: 25%
  3. Health Care: 25%
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%

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Contact Info

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W. Riverside Avenue,
Suite 1100
Spokane, WA, 99201-0302



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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalWitherspoon Kelley1972 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar Association Tax CouncilMember1984 - 1992
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law SectionPast PresidentN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Health Law SectionFounder and Past PresidentN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionPast ChairN/A
American Bar Association, Health Law CommitteePast ChairN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation Section Affiliated Service Group CommitteePast ChairN/A
Various Charitable and Non-Profit OrganizationsMember and Board OfficersN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UniversityTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1972
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1966
Gonzaga UniversityN/ABBA1962