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Jamie founded Phinney Estate Law in 2007
as a way of addressing a need she saw in the community for affordable,
values-based estate planning and as a way to develop a legal practice
that was consistent with her own values and legal philosophy.  Before
founding Phinney Estate Law Jamie worked as a litigation associate at
Cozen O’Connor, as an attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of
Justice, and as legal intern for Northwest Immigration Rights Project
and Northwest Justice Project.   


began her work in estate law in 2005 as a pro bono attorney with King
County Volunteer Attorneys for Persons with HIV/AIDS (VAPWA).  She
found that she enjoyed the opportunity to help clients with the
planning process and and the chance to think creatively with these
clients to address the unique needs of their situations.  She also
appreciated the opportunity to work with clients to avoid conflicts. 


In addition to her work with VAPWA, Jamie also does pro bono work and/or
worked for non-profits providing clients with assistance with
immigration petitions, naturalization, applications for public
benefits, and family law cases.  She continues to devote 25% of her
practice to pro bono work and free community education.  As part of
that service, Jamie serves as a volunteer attorney facilitator for the
ex-party probate and guardianship calendar in King County.


founding Phinney Estate Law, Jamie has had the opportunity to work with
individual or families in a variety of situations.  She has worked with
newlyweds, young families, single business owners, blending families,
the terminally ill, and non-married clients.  It is her experience that
each family, no matter how traditional or non-traditional, is truly
unique and, once you get to know them, have unique needs. 


she is not working, Jamie volunteers her time to a number of local
community groups including the Seattle Milk Fund, Phinney EcoVillage,
Phinney-Greenwoood Climate Change Action Now, and the Greenwood Arts
Council and is the elected Democratic PCO for her neighborhood.  She is a practicing Quaker with the Salmon Bay
Friends Circle.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and
friends and loves spending a much time as possible enjoying the
outdoors.  She is in three book clubs and is always looking for a good
book.  She also carves and prints block prints which can occasionally be seen in shops and coffee house in the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood. 


is a member of the Washington State Bar Association sections on Probate
and Elder Law.  She is also a member of the King County Bar Association
sections on Probate and Elder Law. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the King
County Bar Association Collaborative Law
Section and the leader of the Long Term Planning Working Group of the Northwest GBLT Senior Services Network.  She is also a member of the International Holistic Lawyer’s



Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    11 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    10 years
  3. Guardianship: 15%
    10 years
  4. Mediation: 10%
    8 years
  5. Elder Law: 5%
    10 years



Hourly ($120-180/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Samuel ben Behar

    Jamie's insights into the area of Collaborative law are astounding. After attending an introductory session on Collaborative law in the areas of Probate/Family/Elder Law, I have begun to explore the idea of incorporating Collaborative practice into my Bankruptcy practice. I'd trust her with my own personal claims and so should you.


    Samuel Behar General practice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Parker Bean

    Jamie is a pioneer in bringing client-centered approaches back to the practice of law. If you want to be treated with respect, as a whole person, and work with an intelligent lawyer grounded in her community, Jamie's the one for you.


    Jeffrey Bean Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Phinney Estate Law

751 N 75th Street
Seattle, WA, 98103-4720


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Honor RollCozen O'Connor2006
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
Amicus AwardNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project2005
Pro Bono Honor RollCozen O'Connor2005
Pro Bono Honor RollCozen O'Connor2004
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Pro Bono Honor RollCozen O'Conor2003
Goldmark FellowshipWashington Law Foundation1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPhinney Estate Law2007 - Present
AssociateCOZEN O'CONNOR2002 - 2007
Attorney AdvisorDepartment of Justice2001 - 2002
Judicial Law ClerkDepartment of Justice2000 - 2000
Domestic Violence Unit InternNorthwest Immigration Rights Project1999 - 1999
InternNorthwest Justice Project1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Collaborative LawCivil Practice Group Chair2011 - Present
Washington Collaborative Probate & Elder LawChair2011 - Present
Northwest LGBT Senior Care NetworkSteering Committe Member2010 - Present
King County Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionTreasurer2008 - Present
King County Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
BiznikDiffusing Conflict in your Small Business Family2008
UnknownAnticipating D&O Claims2005
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law JournalRecent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation2005
Covered EventsWashington - Absolute Pollution2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WashingtonInternational StudiesMA - Masters2001
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Oxford UniversityInternational Human Rights LawPost-Graduate Certificate1998
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elder Law Clinic & Community BreakfastWills for Estates2010