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

Hotstart was established in Spokane, Washington in 1942 as Kimberlin Manufacturing, the company was originally owned and managed by Wayne Kimberlin, a former school bus driver who developed a unique electric engine heater for school buses. Kimberlin bought the original patent for coolant heating from GE and started making engine heaters to improve col… Continue Reading

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

The ownership of firearms has been a topic of much debate and scrutiny in recent months. As a part of this national conversation, it is important for gun owners (and their fiduciaries) to generally understand the applicable legal regulations pertaining to the transfer of a firearm triggered by the death of the owner, and how to appropriately execute such tr… Continue Reading

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

This February, Davis Wright Tremaine has hosted two family business events featuring prominent Seattle-based family businesses.

On February 6th, Harbor Wholesale Foods was featured at a family business legacy series. Mike and Justin Erickson joined us to discuss how achieving shared family goals has been instrumental to the success of their family bu… Continue Reading

Upcoming: Henningsen Cold Storage: The challenges of leadership transition

What are the opportunities and pitfalls with leadership succession in a family business?

Join Mike Henningsen Jr., President & Chairman of the Board; Paul Henningsen, Chief Operating Officer; Tony Lucarelli, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing; and Pat Green, board member and estate and business planning lawyer, to discuss successfu… Continue Reading

Joe Weinstein is the “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Business Law in Seattle

The current, 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2018) is compiled from detailed, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Based on those surveys, Best Lawyers designates a single “Lawyer of the Year” in each of several high-profile specialties in major legal markets. One attorney is given the honor in each practice, in each mar… Continue Reading

Newest Travel Ban: The Intersection of “Family” and “Business” Relationships

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily approved the latest form of travel ban from the Trump administration with exemptions for certain legitimate business connections and certain family relationships. Family businesses with international ties to the six primarily-Muslim countries affected by the ban should plan ahead in order to minimize any adverse e… Continue Reading

Upcoming: Financing Succession in the Family Business

There is a big difference between – on the one hand – owning stock in a private company that is worth a great deal and – on the other hand – having a great deal of money you can actually spend.

On any number of occasions in the lifecycle of a family business, it would be best for all involved if one or more family members could convert their ownership interest … Continue Reading

Event Recap: No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry

Meridian Capital LLC recently hosted, “No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry,” a panel discussion featuring some of the Pacific Northwest’s most innovative food brands. The panelists included:

Manny Chao, Co-Founder and CEO of Georgetown Brewing: The namesake of the iconic Manny’s Pale Ale, Manny has … Continue Reading

Top Highlights from PwC Family Business Survey

PwC, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and a consulting titan, released its latest periodic survey of United States family businesses.  PwC performs this survey every two years and has been doing it for ten years now.  Because of its size and scope, PwC has the perspective to touch more United States family businesses than most organizations con… Continue Reading

The Best of 2016: Quotes on Family Business

As we launch full steam into the first quarter of 2017, there are several opportunities to reflect on the successes, failures and more memorable moments of the family business community in 2016. There are also several opportunities to appreciate that – particularly in the ecosystem of family businesses – 2016 was just another year, with many of the sam… Continue Reading

Should a Family Business Owner Make a Charitable Gift of Her S Corporation Stock?

Owners of family businesses are often looking to support charitable causes, while also seeking to obtain the most tax efficient outcome from such donations.  Generally, a charitable contribution of appreciated property allows a donor to deduct the value of property without having to report the inherent appreciation as income.  Many recognize this a… Continue Reading

Family Business Report Highlights Successful Northwest Family Businesses

You may have thought the big story for Friday, January 20, 2017 was the inauguration of our forty-fifth president. But for those of us in the family business community in the Pacific Northwest, the Puget Sound Business Journal gave us something else to focus on – the PSBJ’s first-ever Family Business Report.

In many respects, the Family Business Report … Continue Reading

Family Businesses that Give Back to the Community

One key advantage of participating in a family-owned business is the ability to support community activities that are consistent with a family’s culture and moral ethic.  That is not to say that a family can not have support more than one organization or different types of charitable activities.

A recent Seattle Times column by Nicole Brodeur highligh… Continue Reading

On the Horizon: Will the 2017 Real Estate Market Affect Your Family Business?

Many family offices and established family businesses have a great deal invested in real estate.  For some, these are active investments involving development, construction and sale.  For others, these are either residential properties in use or commercial properties held for the long term.  In any event, while the real estate markets have been str… Continue Reading

Reflections on Selling the Family Business

It is fall again.  A time for reflection.  In that spirit, we bring you an article published by the New York Times this past summer that describes the lessons learned by owners through the process of selling their family business.

In addition to reflecting on the emotional aspects of selling a family business to which the owners have often dedicated their lContinue Reading

(Not) All in the Family

On June 7, Davis Wright Tremaine hosted its annual Farm To Label event at the Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

The event was an unqualified success, drawing hundreds of registered guests, including industry experts, business owners and operators and funding sources of all kinds.

We were proud to hear attendees and participants alike once again refer to it … Continue Reading

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