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Date: September 15, 2017
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Seattle, WA, September 15, 2017 - Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year its Trusts, Estates and Charitable Organizations Group has been recognized as one of the world’s leading legal advisors by Chambers High Net Worth (Chambers HNW), the specialty publication from Chambers & Partners tailored specifically for the international private wealth market.

This year, Chambers HNW ranked GSB as one of the leading firms for Private Wealth Law in Washington and praised the firm for providing high-net-worth clients with sophisticated tax planning and charitable planning services. The guide highlights GSB’s ability to serve clients nationally and locally, and in particular notes its foothold in the Pacific Northwest, stemming from the strong links between its Seattle and Portland offices. Three GSB attorneys – Chris Brown, Akane Suzuki and Teresa Byers – were also ranked individually as “Leaders in their Field” in Private Wealth Law for their exceptional work assisting wealthy individuals and families.

The publication features extremely positive feedback about GSB, including one source enthusiastically describing the firm’s trust and estates attorneys as being “really on top of their game and very collaborative.” Other sources note the firm’s excellent customer service and the assurance they have when partnering with GSB. “In terms of their knowledge of the law and my confidence in them, I feel I'm in good hands,” says an interviewee.

Chris Brown is recognized for her representation of high-net-worth clients on estate planning and business succession, as well as tax-exempt organizations. One source commends Chris for her “excellent interpersonal skills” and stated: “She has an overall demeanor and presence about her that the clients just really feel comfortable with and they trust her.” Others point to the fact that Chris enjoys a "great deal of respect around the community" and call out her “excellent technical skills.”

Akane Suzuki is acknowledged for her niche in cross-border estate planning work with Japanese clients, Japanese-Americans and clients with assets and interests in Japan. One source exclaims: “[Akane] is perfectly bilingual, she knows both the Japanese law and the U.S. law, the Japanese tax and the American tax, as well as the background of Japanese inheritance matters. She is really valuable in dealing with international inheritance matters.” Another source reports: “She’s very forthright and wants to do the right thing. I really feel confident in her personal integrity.”

Teresa Byers is recognized for her trust and estate litigation practice. In addition to sources describing her as “very bright and personable” and a “very good litigator,” others tout her thorough knowledge of estate-related matters and her commitment to “finding resolutions to issues.”

GSB’s Trusts, Estates and Charitable Organizations attorneys cover the West Coast and are admitted in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, New York, Washington, D.C. and Connecticut.  The group’s capabilities include a full range of services, and the practice is one of the few in the Pacific Northwest that can perform sophisticated international estate planning and probate and trust administration. Another key strength of the practice is its ability to assist family-owned and closely held businesses, regularly helping this unique segment of clients develop a solid business and legal infrastructure positioned for growth and longevity.

Chambers HNW offers objective reporting on an international scale and provides detailed commentary on the key lawyers and law firms involved in the private wealth management of high-net-worth individuals and families.  The guide aims to serve as a key resource for family offices and professional advisors to wealthy individuals around the world. To read more about Chambers HNW, the firm and individual rankings, please visit GSB’s profile on the Chambers & Partners website.   

About Garvey Schubert Barer  

Since its founding in 1966, GSB has provided results-oriented legal counsel to help clients – from established market leaders, to newly launched enterprises and governmental bodies – solve problems, create new opportunities and mitigate risk. The firm takes a holistic approach to managing clients’ needs, with attorneys that are deep in industry experience as well as broad in current and emerging issues. GSB has offices in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York, and Beijing. More information is available on the web at

Media Contact: John Williams for Garvey Schubert Barer, (206) 625-0075 x1

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