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Date: 8.24.15
GSB Press Release

Garvey Schubert Barer is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been named 2016 "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers®. Norman J. Bruns was named as "Best Lawyers Litigation and Controversy - Tax", Akane R. Suzuki as "Best Lawyers Trusts and Estates" in Seattle, WA; and Joseph W. West as "Best Lawyers Corporate Compliance Law" in Portland, OR.

Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, is designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year".

Best Lawyers® compiles its list of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2016) is based on more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their peers. A total of 33 Garvey Schubert Barer attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers® for 2016.

Norman J. Bruns concentrates his practice on state and local taxation with particular emphasis on valuation disputes and other property tax matters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. His property tax experience includes a wide variety of commercial, industrial and utility properties in cases posing the full range of procedural and substantive issues. Mr. Bruns also has extensive experience with other state and local taxes, such as income tax, sales/use tax, B&O tax, real estate transfer tax and other excise taxes and fees.

Akane R. 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.

Joseph W. West has practiced in the areas of real estate, business and banking law in Oregon for over 25 years. His real estate practice includes representation of owners, developers and lenders in a wide variety of matters, particularly in connection with residential and commercial real estate development and finance.


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