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Eric James Sachtjen

Business Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 15 years
    Washington - WA 22 years
    Alaska - AK 23 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AK
    Acquired 2000
    Active Out of State No misconduct found

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

About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    I work closely with clients and counterparts to identify and execute the most advantageous business-oriented solutions, including forming entities, pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration proceedings or through alternative methods, such as mediation.

    23 years

  2. Tax
    I provide planning and advice to clients on federal, state, local and international tax matters, including assistance with tax rulings, tax audits and appeals to tax agencies and the courts. I work closely with clients and their accountants to reduce taxes associated with business activities and significant transactions, in the areas of tax review, compliance, reporting and controversy.

    23 years

  3. Estate planning
    I assist clients in the areas of tax, trusts and estates. I help individuals and fiduciaries with significant wealth (including professionals, corporate executives, trust companies, business owners and multigenerational families) achieve their business, financial and family goals efficiently and at the lowest possible tax cost. I also represent clients to find creative, efficient solutions in will contests and other disputes.

    23 years

  4. Probate
    I assist clients in the probate of wills and simple and complex estate matters.

    23 years

  5. Health care
    I represent and support physicians and clinics on a wide variet of health care issues including business and tax, employment, and property issues.

Born and raised in Alaska, I spent a year as a Rotary Exchange student in Spain before setting off to college. After completing my undergraduate degree I headed to the Pacific Northwest for lawschool then to Florida where I obtained my Masters in Tax Law. The lure of the Pacific Northwest called me back and I've been here ever since.


When not practicing law or teaching at Gonzaga University School of Law I can be found coaching youth soccer and training for long distance triathlons. 

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Paine Hamblen, LLP
717 West Sprague Ave., Ste. 1200
Spokane, WA, 99201-3505

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Posted by Jordan Urness | February 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Efficiently Excellent
I have consulted with Eric on a number of projects. Eric is energetic, efficient, and excellent at his work. Eric is unique amongst lawyers because he is constantly refining his processes to increase his efficiency for the benefit of his clients. If you are looking for an energetic, personable attorney who can provide you an excellent work product in an efficient manner, look no further than Eric Sachtjen.
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Posted by December | November 6, 2014
Legal services
My husband and I went to Eric Sachtjen for legal advice and to write our Will and Trust. Eric was very professional and knowledgeable with all of our questions. Eric has a great, easy going personality and was very nice to work with. We would highly recommend Eric to anyone seeking expert, legal advice.
Posted by Jaymi Gates | December 3, 2012
Registered Representative
As a business professional, it has been very helpful for me to have Eric to call on for advice and counsel. Eric formed a limited liability company for myself and my husband in 2007. I have found Eric to be knowledgeable, respectful, and trustworthy. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Kevin M Herda | November 14, 2012
OWNER Valley Drug Co.
As a third generation owner of a family owned business of over 65 years, it is very important for my company to have excellent professional advice and council. Eric has been very useful in our tax and estate planning, as well as our day to day business operations. Eric has written two leases for our company as well as negotiated a first right of refusal on a building we currently lease. I have used his services for employment issues and have been both successful and protected because of his advice and contracts. Trustworthy, efficient and knowledgeable are all terms that come to mind when describing Eric Sachtjen.
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Posted by William | November 14, 2012
Eric Sachtjen, my attorney since 2005
I have been a client of Eric's since 2005. Eric was young when I met him but entirely competent. He even teaches tax law at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. --With Eric, you are not just a number, or a dollar sign. You will be treated with respect and he will do his best to see that your interests are served fairly and rapidly. I would recommend Eric to anyone without a moment's hesitation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 285-370 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2002 - Present
  • Member
  • Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, P.C.
  • 1998 - 2000


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2001
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Stahl v. United States
  • Taxpayer prevailed


  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Spokane Estate Planning Council
  • 2001 - Present
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in Spokane-Tax
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane:Tax
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Various
  • I've spoken at a variety of continuing legal education seminars
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Eric
Tax Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Eric is a fantastic attorney - highly recommend!"
Business Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eric Sachtjen is one of the most competent and hard-working attorneys I know. He is experienced, efficient, and puts forth maximum effort to meet the needs of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Eric Sachtjen. Eric and I have been opposing on several matters. His manner of practice is efficient and fair minded. I have found him to be extremely knowledgeable and personable in the areas of tax, estate planning and controversy."
Business Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eric to anyone looking for quality representation in the area of business, taxation or estate planning. I worked with him in the past, and was impressed with his legal knowledge and experience, as well as his personable behavior."
Tax Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric is a bold and innovative attorney. He is detailed in his approach to his client's matters and provides excellent guidance. I endorse him for any tax related matter."
Business Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric is the highest quality individual with a strong brackround in tax and business, which allows him to solve a client's issue in an effective and efficient manner. Eric receives my highest recommendation."
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