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My practice focuses on federal tax planning, particularly in the areas of start-up and emerging companies, investment funds, venture capital, and real estate. In addition to tax law, I also concentrate my practice on legal entity law (notably LLCs and partnerships) and the laws governing investment advisers.


I have significant experience representing entrepreneurs. I frequently meet with individuals who are in the very early stages of creating a new enterprise. I provide guidance on issues such as entity choice, equity compensation, board and management structure, and regulatory obstacles. Over the years, I have represented hundreds of start-ups and entrepreneurs in many different fields – including investment advisory businesses, professional services, software, health care, real estate development, and consumer products.


I have experience preparing hedge fund and other investment fund materials and advising investment advisers of their legal and fiduciary obligations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. I also assist investors (including individuals) in reviewing offering documents and explaining pertinent tax and legal issues.


I assist the Real Estate Asset Group in tax planning related to real estate transactions. My practice includes planning and drafting LLC agreements for real estate projects and advising on specific tax issues – such as 1031 exchanges, passive activity rules, debt restructuring, installment sales and the Washington real estate excise tax.


I began my professional career in Silicon Valley and worked for three years in the international tax practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. I have assisted many companies in planning cross-border transactions and setting up tax-efficient operating structures. I have provided counsel on tax-deferral structures (including Subpart F and PFIC issues), export incentives, international compensation issues, Social Security totalization, tax treaties, withholding, U.S.-inbound investment, and international tax reporting issues.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 34%
  2. Corporate: 33%
  3. Tax: 33%

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Contact info

315 5th Ave S #1000
Seattle, WA, 98104-2682

Summit Law Group

315 Fifth Avenue South Suite 1000
Seattle, WA, 98104-2682



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberSummit Law Group2007 - Present
OwnerGarvey Schubert Barer2005 - 2007
AssociateGarvey Schubert Barer1999 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law SectionExecutive Council2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Partnership Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, International Tax CommitteeChairN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Cornell UniversityGeologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2009 Business Law Section Midyear"Washington Legislative Updat for Business Lawyers"2009
2008 Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting"Claims Against Dissolved Entities: Is Dissolution a Tool to Avoid Third-Party Liability?"2008
Washington State Bar AssociationEmployment Law Essentials: Update Your Practice With Views From the Bench and Leading Practitioners: Emerging Tax Law Issues for Employment Attorneys2007