Gary was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He married another Seattle native, Kaaren and together they raised their four children in the greater Seattle area.
He started his legal career in the King County Prosecutor’s office working in the civil divisioon. After two years practicing with the County, Gary signed-on with Safeco Insurance Company working in their legal department.
He left Safeco after two years to start his own private practice. Through the years, Gary partnered with several other attorneys and met the first of his current partners more than 25 years ago and was a founding principal in his current law firm of Vander Wel, Jacobson, & Kim, PLLC with its office in Bellevue, Washington. The firm represents clients primarily in legal matters pertaining to business, real estate, and Immigration law. Gary has been a contracts specialist for more than 40 years.
When he needed a numbers, valuation, and tax specialist to help structure clients’ business deals, he aligned with a non-attorney Larry Morrison more than 20 years ago. It was this affiliation that created the educational piece to Gary’s career. He and Larry have since worked with professional organizations around the country presenting seminars on business succession planning for buying, selling and merging companies. They also do extensive internal succession planning. The firm represent a broad array of clients, from small individually owned companies, to larger firms doing business thoughout the United States and internationally.
Over the years, Gary and his family spent their vacations enjoying boating in the San Juan Islands. Gary and his family loved the area so much that they eventually bought a home in Anacortes, Washingon, and spent part of their time living in Kirkland and part of their time in Anacortes; which is how Gary came to open the firm's present branch office in Anacortes.
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|Principal||Vander Wel, Jacobson & Kim, PLLC||1987 - Present|
|Vice President & General Counsel||Cornerstone Advisors, Inc.||1983 - 1985|
|Vice President & General Counsel||Commonwealth Properties||1979 - 1982|
|Principal||Keller, Jacobson, Hole, Jackson & Wentz||1975 - 1979|
|Staff Counsel||Safeco Insurance Company||1973 - 1975|
|Civil Deputy||King County Prosecutor's Office||1970 - 1972|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Anacortes Chamber of Commerce||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Skagit County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Economic Development Association of Skagit County||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1970 - Present|
|Business Transition Network||Co-Founder||N/A|
|Bellevue Business Roundtable||Chairman||1998 - 2003|
|Northwest Business Monthly||How To Buy, Sell, Merge or Perpetuate a Business||2009|
|The Contracts Company||Library of Agency Agreements||2005|
|CNA Commercial Insurance Guide||Field Training Manual, a Guide to Perpetuating and Selling Agencies||1998|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1970|
|University of Washington||Accounting||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1966|
|Skagit Women in Business Featured Speaker||Corporations and LLCs||2010|
|Pharmacy Strategies Conference||Nuts & Bolts Overview: Buying or Selling a Pharmacy||2010|
|Insurance Agency Valuation Podcast/Newsletter||Perpetuation: Special Factors||2010|
|Economic Development Association of Skagit County Seminar||Succession Planning and Exit Strategies||2009|
|Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Seminar||Corporations and LLCs||2009|
|Business Development Seminar||Buy-Sell-Merge||2008|
|The Inside Track Weekly||How to Sell Your Agency||2007|
|Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Business Development Seminar||The Business Ownership Seminar||2007|
|Washington PIA Convention||Agency Compensation After Spitzer: Tsunami Warning||2005|
|PIA Western Alliance Seminar||Agency Operation and Compensation After Spitzer, plus Agency Valuation, Perpetuation, and Succession||2005|
|PIA of Oregon Continuing Education Seminar||What Agents Need to Know: The Compensation Disclosure Amendment to the Producer Licensing Model Act, Including the Marsh/Spitzer Settlement||2005|
|PIA Oregon Continuing Education Seminar||The Basics: How to Buy and Sell Agencies||2004|
|PIA of Montana Continuing Education Seminar||What Every Agent Needs to Know: How to Buy or Sell an Agency||2004|