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Date: June 24, 2016
GSB Press Release

Seattle, WA, June 24, 2016 - Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) is pleased to announce that the firm’s Estate Planning, Administration & Dispute Resolution Practice Group has been recognized as one of the world’s leading legal advisors in the inaugural 2016 edition of Chambers High Net Worth (Chambers HNW), a specialty publication from Chambers & Partners targeting the international private wealth market.  In this year’s guide, Christine P. Brown and Akane R. Suzuki have been ranked individually as “Leaders in their Field” for their exceptional work assisting wealthy individuals and families.  This news follows GSB’s inclusion in the 2016 Chambers USA guide, which recently recognized the firm in three practice categories and acknowledged 13 attorneys as ranked practitioners.

Christine is in the firm’s Portland office and has more than 30 years of experience advising clients on estate planning, taxation, probate, trust administration, real estate transactions and general business matters.  She regularly counsels clients on business succession planning and charitable giving, and represents several tax-exempt organizations.  In the course of Chambers’ research, one commentator exclaimed, "I think Christine Brown is terrific. She is bright and a good lawyer."  Another source stated, "I feel extremely comfortable with her, her level of knowledge and her personality."  Christine is the past president of the Estate Planning Council of Portland.

Akane is in the firm’s Seattle office and centers her practice on sophisticated domestic and cross-border estate planning, wealth and business succession, and probate and trust administration.  She is frequently called upon to help clients navigate complex legal and tax rules to create efficient and effective estate plans, while keeping the process approachable.  A native Japanese speaker, Akane often works with non-U.S. citizens living in the United States, as well as U.S. citizens living abroad who need assistance with inheritance, gifting or related tax matters.  When describing Akane, a market source professed, "Extremely smart, very methodical, knowledgeable and thoughtful," and added, “She listens well and is very conscientious.  She's responsive, quick and very efficient with my time.  She really does stand out."

GSB’s Estate Planning, Administration & Dispute Resolution 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.  "They are very responsive and suggest ideas," said a market commentator who praised the group for its client service.  A source also noted, "They have a very good reputation.  I really enjoy working with them, and they do really high-caliber work."  Another key strength of the practice is its ability to assist family-owned and closely held businesses, regularly helping this unique set 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 counseled clients across virtually all industry sectors, including accounting, international trade and transportation, maritime, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, communications and media, hospitality, and arts & entertainment.  The firm represents Fortune 500 companies, middle-market companies, and a broad range of privately-held businesses, investment firms, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and individuals. With six strategic locations — Anchorage, Beijing, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. — GSB provides practical, client-centered solutions to established market leaders, newly launched enterprises, and governmental bodies. More information is available on the web at   Media Contact: Linda Fleming, Garvey Schubert Barer; 206.464.3939

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