Ownership & Leadership Transition

Family Owned Businesses and Our National Economy

Family-owned businesses continue to dominate our economy, but they also continue to struggle with issues of succession. SCORE, a nationwide non-profit organization that provides business mentoring, just completed a survey to assess the role of family-owned businesses on our national economy and published an infographic with the results. (The SCORE ...

Six Best Practices for Family Leadership

Posted by Ashley Brown

How to Survive Transition Shock in a Family Business

Posted by Andrew Steen

The Family Business Constitution

Posted by Omar Vasquez

Passing the Baton: Lessons Learned

Posted by Bill Weigand

How Long Is Too Long for a CEO?

Posted by Andrew Steen

Governance & Business Operations

Protecting Your Family Business Name and Brand Internationally

The trademark laws of the United States provide businesses with significant advantages in protecting their brands, even without perfecting those rights with the state or federal governments. This is because the United States trademark law confers trademark rights based on use in commerce, meaning in many situations unregistered rights can ...

Three Lessons Gleaned From the Wright Sisters for Strong Family Owned Businesses

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Take this Securities Law Quiz for Family Business Owners!

Posted by Keith Baldwin

Four Reasons for Creating a Thoughtful Shareholders Agreement

Posted by Andrew Steen

Succession Planning – Start Early and Revisit Regularly

Posted by Bill Weigand

Joshua Green Corporation: Nominee for Family Business Legacy Award by Seattle Business Magazine

Posted by Joseph Weinstein

Estate Planning

Growth & Exit Strategies

Family Businesses and Tech – Leveling the Playing Field

There is a belief that family businesses are behind the curve when it comes to embracing new technology in the company structure. In a 2016 family business survey, 37 percent of the next generation say they struggle to get the business to understand the importance of having a digital strategy  ...

Should a Family Business Consider an IPO as an Exit Strategy?

Posted by Andrew Steen & Keith Baldwin

ESOP: An Exit Strategy

Posted by Amy Hwang

Retirement is Coming: How to Broker Your Throne Away

Posted by Keith Baldwin

Mezzanine Financing for Family-Owned Businesses

Posted by Ashley Brown

New Ideas for Old School Companies

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Beyond Business

Do Well By Doing Good – Family Businesses and Philanthropy

Family business legacy planning involves many considerations, such as training, timing, and transferring of interests. Another component of this planning should entail the long-term vision of philanthropic goals for future the generations. In 2015 eighty-one percent of the largest family businesses performed philanthropic endeavors, likely understanding that this charitable spirit ...

Upcoming: Bringing the Heat – 76 Years of Employee and Family Alignment

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Families, Fiduciaries and Firearms: Estate Administration and Distribution of Firearms in the State of Washington

Posted by G. Matthew Loftin

DWT Hosted Two Prominent Seattle-Based Family Business Events in February

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Joshua Green Corporations Wins the Heritage/Legacy Award

Posted by Bill Weigand

Upcoming: Henningsen Cold Storage: The challenges of leadership transition

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine


She’s Right for the Job – Women in Family Business

Family businesses are increasingly encouraging women. Of family businesses surveyed, almost 60 percent have women in top management positions and over 30 percent list a female as the next successor. (Source). These important statistics show a trend of women acceding to leadership positions for which they are uniquely and acutely ...

Paid Family Leave in Washington: What You Need to Know

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

What Family Businesses Should Know about Washington’s New Paid Family Medical Leave Law

Posted by Ashley Brown

Social media research reveals insights for retaining top talent.

Posted by Kennard Noyes

Harder to Let Go?

Posted by Andrew Steen

The Cowles Company

Posted by Joseph Weinstein