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Date: July 19, 2018
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Chambers HNW 2018Seattle, WA, July 19, 2018 - Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) is delighted to announce, for the third year running, its Trusts, Estates and Charitable Organizations Group has been recognized among the world’s top legal advisors by Chambers High Net Worth (Chambers HNW), the specialty publication from Chambers & Partners tailored specifically for the international private wealth market. Chambers HNW also named Akane Suzuki, Christine Brown and Teresa Byers to its list of notable practitioners.

GSB was named a leading firm for Private Wealth Law in Washington state, applauding the firm for its proven ability to deliver solutions to clients facing complex trust and estate issues; its strong relationships and reputation in the high-net-worth community; and its steadfast commitment to helping family and closely held businesses. Feedback obtained from the marketplace for this year’s guide cites GSB’s “strong reputation” and “talented estate planners.”

Individually, Akane Suzuki, Christine Brown and Teresa Byers were featured as recommended Private Wealth Law advisors for their exceptional legal work and their collaborative, client-centric approach when representing wealthy individuals and families in trust and estate matters. Suzuki was also one of three attorneys in the world selected to the Chambers HNW list of Japan Foreign Experts based abroad.

Details and specific commentary about GSB’s ranked lawyers from this year's guide are outlined below:

Akane Suzuki is recognized for her extensive cross-border estate planning work, particularly involving the United States and Japan. She is considered by peers as “the go-to person” for multinational planning. A market insider commented: “[Akane] is fully bilingual in English and Japanese, and that is very helpful,” while also adding: “She has great personal skills and develops good relationships; she explains things simply to clients and doesn't get too complex. She is good at looking beyond the legal aspects and seeing the big picture.”

Christine Brown is acknowledged for her representation of high-net-worth clients in all aspects of wealth planning. One source proclaimed that she is “wonderful at handling sensitive family issues,” while another explained, “She is a good listener and a great problem-solver. She can guide clients sensitively and compassionately to where they need to go.” Another commenter noted: “She always keeps on top of legislative changes and can always feel which way the wind is blowing. She is very good at anticipating where things might end up.”

Teresa Byers is recognized for her ability to provide insightful guidance in both contentious and non-contentious matters, which include estate planning, probate, trust administration and guardianships. A commenter noted: “[Teresa] is an excellent litigator and doesn't miss a thing when preparing for court. She is also great at depositions.” Others noted that “she is very thoughtful and analytical” and “her communications skills are wonderful.”

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 GSB

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 who possess deep industry experience and a thorough understanding of 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

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