Recent surveys and studies show that seven out of ten businesses in the United States are family-owned.

Each one of these is a unique combination of business enterprise and family. With decades of experience serving family business clients, the members of the Family Business Practice Group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP are sensitive to these distinctive dynamics and know how to meet these challenges.

Our Family Business Resource Center provides research, news, and commentary on significant developments, plus other resources helpful to both family businesses and their service providers. From ownership and leadership transition, to corporate governance, employment issues, policy and estate planning, philanthropy, and growth and exit strategies, our team of advisors presents the most relevant news and insights for every facet of a family’s business. We are dedicated to supporting and advising our clients as they develop, grow, and manage their businesses.

We’d like to give special thanks to our contributing authors Cheyenne VanKirk and Marisa Russell. Cheyenne VanKirk is a second-year student at Seattle University School of Law, where she is a member of Law Review and Vice President of the Tax Law Student Association. Cheyenne is interested in how family owned businesses humanize the business world and the unique estate planning opportunities presented by these closely held companies. Marisa Russell is a first-year law student at the University of Washington School of Law. Marisa was born and raised in Seattle, WA and has always had a strong passion for the law and her community.

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