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In Memoriam: D. Wayne Gittinger

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January 22, 1933 – March 6, 2014


It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our long-time partner, friend and mentor, D. Wayne Gittinger, at the age of 81.

He will be missed by everyone at the Firm. Wayne will be remembered as a civic leader, family man and as one of the leading business attorneys in the Northwest. Wayne joined Lane Powell on August 30, 1959, and has since been the defining presence of our Firm. In honor of his years of service, in 2012, the Firm held a reception to unveil The D. Wayne Gittinger Conference Center, located in Lane Powell’s Seattle office. He practiced law the way all of us aspire to: with intelligence, uncompromising ethics and absolute dedication to our clients. In 2009, he was honored by Best Lawyers for his dedication to the profession and the civic roles he played in the community that has distinguished him as a Best Lawyer for more than 25 years.

Wayne’s expertise in corporate law and his innate business acumen led him to serve on the boards of Nordstrom, Inc. (1971-2004) and Pabst Brewing (1983-1985). In addition, Wayne and his wife Anne have been longtime supporters of LAW Fund, and Wayne served on the Board of Directors for many organizations, including Seattle Sports Commission, Seattle Police Foundation and The First Tee of Greater Seattle. He was also on the Business Council for Seattle Humane Society and was a member of the Campaign Leadership Council for Swedish Medical Center Foundation. He was a friend and mentor to generations of lawyers, and all of us who worked with Wayne benefitted greatly from his remarkable example, guidance and wisdom. Wayne was loved and respected by all who knew him during his 50-plus years of practice with Lane Powell.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Anne; his children, Marni Gittinger, Susan Dunn and John Hopen; and his grandchildren, David and Joseph Dunn.

Wayne’s family has asked that no one sends flowers, food or gifts. The family does not plan to have a funeral service, but if you wish, you can make donations in remembrance of Wayne to the following charities, of which Wayne and Anne were both involved: The University of Washington (“UW”) Athletics Department, The UW School of Law, Seattle Children’s Hospital or Canine Companions for Independence.

View Wayne’s obituary as it appeared in the March 9 edition of the Seattle Times.