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Jennifer Coates

Tax Attorney at Suquamish, WA

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 17 years
    New York - NY 33 years
    Massachusetts - MA 32 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1991
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    Cross-border M&A, issues related to cross-border employment and changes in residency; domestic transactions; small business entity formation; tax planning.

    34 years

  2. Business
    advice regarding entity formation; drafting and review of legal documents;

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Incorporate under state law and drafting of relevant corporate docuoments; advice regarding choice of entity; license and other filings;

  4. International law
    advice regarding international tax and treaty issues in connection with cross border transactions

    18 years

I moved to the northwest with my family in 2006 after practicing for 16 years in New York City.   My training as a tax lawyer and my experience with entity formation, transactional work and contract review allows me to help clients with business and tax issues as they start their operations, enter into transactions or encounter difficult situations.  


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Jenny Coates Law PLLC
18485 Augusta Ave NE, #371
Suquamish, WA, 98392


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Mark | March 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Simple Matter well managed
I hired Jennifer to help me setup a non-profit. It was not complicated, but she was helpful in answering questions and setting it all up.
Posted by Asha Rehnberg | November 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very responsive & helpful
Our two businesses have used Jenny Coates for general business law matters for the last few years. She is always responsive and helpful. A very good communicator.
Posted by Jeff | November 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great work and fast responses
As a small business owner, I really have appreciated how quickly Jennifer has been able to turn around requests. On more than one occasion she has caught some very unfavorable (to us) language during the review of potential contracts. Her guidance on our business strategy and assistance in navigating complex legal issues has been a tremendous asset and I am always confident that she is looking out for our best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney who has your back all the way.
I hired Jenny Coates in Nov 2017 for an IRS compliance filing. Jenny was easy to work with. She was thorough from the first minute until the very end of the five-month process. She never sugar-coated what was required; she presented the big picture of what the process would entail and covered all the fine details. She also gently pushed me to obtain all the information required and never once allowed me to cut corners. She answered every question I threw at her with unfailing professionalism. The bonus: she was also kind, encouraging and patient. I truly felt like she was a friend, not only an attorney.
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Posted by Clark W Collins | November 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Jenny Coates Law
Jenny helped me file the legal documentation to register my consulting practice with the office of the WA Secretary of State. She has provided excellent and timely legal counsel on other tax and business related matters for my company.
Posted by Jane Barry | July 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Jenny Coates as a Business Lawyer!
Jenny consistently provides us timely, concise and relevant legal advice as needed to support our growing business over the years. Whether it is a brief (but important!) question -- what are the international legal considerations to opening an office in London? -- to an entire process of converting our business from an LLC to a Social Purpose Corporation, Jenny is there to answers all our legal questions. She is a pleasure to work with, and we would highly recommend her!
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Posted by Emily | March 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Jenny knows business!
Jenny was great to work with. She helped me through the process of purchasing a business, and more recently has helped me with lease negotiations as I expand. Friendly, prompt and expert are all terms I would apply to Jenny. Would recommend her to anyone needing an attorney to navigate the complexities of owning or running a business.
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Posted by Sandy | March 9, 2012
LLC Creation
Jenny help us create a new LLC for our consulting practice. She was thorough, efficient, timely and responsive.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Manager
  • Jenny Coates Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tax Consultant/Writer
  • Bloomberg Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Tax Attorney
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Tax Attorney
  • Sidley Austin Brown & Wood
  • 1993 - 2006
  • Tax associate
  • Dewey Ballantine Bushby Palmer & Wood
  • 1990 - 1992
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  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1994
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984


  • Washington Women in Tax
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer on Bainbridge Island
  • Bainbridge Island Review
  • 2013
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  • Journal of Partnership Taxation
  • Final Section 731(c) Regulations on Distributions of Marketable Securities Favor Taxpayers
  • 1997
  • Journal of Partnership Taxation
  • Proposed Regulations Clarify Rules on Distributions of Marketable Securities
  • 1996
  • Brooklyn Journal of International Law
  • Comparison of United States and Canadian Approaches to the Rights of Privacy and Abortion
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Tax issues of Non-Citizens
  • Tax Issues for Non-Citizens: What Immigration Lawyers Need to Know
  • 2015
  • Breakfast CLE
  • This month'Those Foreign Accounts You Forgot: Stiff U.S. Penalties to Jog Your Memory
  • 2014
  • SSA Meeting
  • EB-5 Visas and Related Tax US Issues
  • 2012
  • Special Considerations for Cross-Border Tax Planning
  • Cross-Border Tax Planning
  • 2012
  • Securities, Crowdfunding and JOBS Act Webinar
  • Crowdfunding Tax Considerations
  • 2012
  • March WWT Luncheon
  • Cross-border M&A Tax Issues
  • 2012
  • Managing Uncertainty in Changing Times
  • Cross-Border Tax Issues that can Arise in Outbound Estate Tax Planning
  • 2012
  • Global Tax and Offshore Investment
  • Tax Goes Global
  • 2012
  • Employee Compensation for Start-ups
  • Employee Compensation Tax Issues
  • 2012
  • WSBA CLE and WSBA International Law Section
  • U.S. Tax Issues to Watch Out for in Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Jennifer
Tax Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had a pleasure working with Jenny Coates on a cross-boarder M&A, where she made a great contribution in the area of international tax. Her in-depth knowledge and detailed analysis on complex international tax issues provided great value to our team and client. In addition, speed is one of the key factors for M&As, and Jenny worked diligently and professionally throughout the transaction in order to meet the tight deadline. I highly recommend Jenny for international tax matters."
Tax Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We are fortunate to have a business and tax attorney of Jenny's calibre in the West Sound."
Tax Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jenny Coates is my "go-to" advisor for any client projects that present unusual tax situations. She is as quick in her response as she is thorough in her analysis."
Tax Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jenny is an extremely competent attorney. She brings to the legal community over twenty years' of experience and her passion to the profession. Jenny is very responsive and pleasant to work with. Jenny is definitely my go-to person when I need expert opinion on tax issues."
Tax Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenny Coates is very knowledgeable and experienced in international tax issues, including Canadian cross-border matters, and in a variety of other tax issues that affect U.S. businesses. In addition to her extensive experience in tax matters, Jenny is a trusted advisor to many small businesses and their owners. I highly recommend Jenny to my clients who need a tax lawyer for their businesses."

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Suquamish Tax Lawyer Jennifer Coates
Jennifer Coates
Tax Attorney
Suquamish, WA
Licensed for 33 years