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Akane R. Suzuki

Akane R. Suzuki

Owner - Seattle

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
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Akane Suzuki focuses her practice on a broad range of estate planning matters, from Wills and powers of attorney to complex gifting strategies and business succession, charitable giving, and international estate planning. Her experience includes wealth transfer strategies involving trusts, such as generation skipping trusts, personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, and life insurance trusts, as well as family limited liability companies. She also advises clients on probate and trust administration matters and gift and estate tax questions. A large portion of her practice involves working with non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. and U.S. citizens and others living abroad to assist them with their inheritance and/or gifting needs and related tax matters.

Ms. Suzuki has been recognized by her peers and clients as an AV Peer Review Rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, as a "Super Lawyer," "Rising Star," and one of "Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers" by Washington Law & Politics magazine, and as one of Seattle's top "Forty Under 40" professionals and community leaders by Puget Sound Business Journal. She is listed in The Best Lawyers In America in the area of Trusts and Estates, and in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; Member, International Estate Planning Committee
  • Co-Founder of the Seattle Branch, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Estate Planning Council of Seattle, 2012-2014 
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, 2010-2012
  • Member, Washington Women in Tax
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Tax Section
  • Member, King County Bar Association


Community Activities

  • Board Member, Japan Business Association of Seattle, 2009-2010
  • Founding Board Member, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), 2007-2013
  • Member, Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
  • Member, Nichibei Women's Network


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  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2000
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1999
    • Executive Editor of Notes and Comments, Washington Law Review
  • Lewis & Clark College, B.A., East Asian Studies, with honors, 1995


  • Washington, 2000


  • Japanese

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth as one of its "Leaders in their Field" for Private Wealth Law (Washington), 2016 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • Named in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Trusts and Estates, 2011-2017
  • Named by Best Lawyers®, Trust and Estates, Seattle, WA, "Lawyer of the Year," 2016
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Magazine  2010-2016; named one of the Top 50 Women Washington "Super Lawyers," 2012-2015; named among “Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers 2014-2015” by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Named by peers as one of the "Rising Stars" of Washington law in Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2003-2006 and 2009
  • Selected as one of Puget Sound Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for professional accomplishments and community involvement, 2009