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I began practicing as an Air Force JAG in Southern California in the early 1960s.  After returning to Washington, I was legislative counsel to Governor Daniel J. Evans 1969-1971.  My practice has subsequently focused primarily on estate planning issues although I deal with real estate, personal and fiduciary income tax, and represent family members in difficult litigation regarding trusts, probate and guardianship issues.  I have been listed annually in Best Lawyers in America since its original publication more than 25 years ago and have been designated as a “Super Lawyer” since 2008.  I taught Estate Planning and Fiduciary Income Tax at the University of Washington School of Law.  I am a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  I am "Of Counsel" to Peterson Russell Kelly, where I am fortunate enough to work with my son, a partner in the firm.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Tax: 20%
  3. Litigation: 15%
  4. Real Estate: 15%



Hourly ($275-325/hour)

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Contact info

Peterson Russell Kelly, PLLC

10900 NE 4th Street
Suite 1850
Bellevue, WA, 98004-8341


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2008
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2007
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2006
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselPeterson Russell Kelly, PLLC2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1962 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/AN/A
United States Tax CourtN/AN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionChairman1986 - 1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1962
University of Puget SoundBusiness AdministrationBA1959
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tax Planning for Trusts and Estates2013 Estate Planning2013
CLEProbates, Trusts, and Estates2007