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Gail E. Mautner

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7099 | mautnerg@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Gail Mautner is Co-chair of the Firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group, where she advises and litigates in the areas of probate, trust and guardianship disputes. Gail utilizes her extensive fiduciary litigation background to advise institutional and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding all aspects of the probate and trust administration process. She regularly represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested probate, trust and guardianship matters. Gail is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. She is also a frequent speaker on topics arising under Washington’s Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act. Gail also advises providers of long term care and seniors housing on issues arising under Washington laws related to durable powers of attorney, guardianship, protection of vulnerable adults, consent to health care and end of life decision-making.

Gail also advises clients regarding compliance with federal, state and local employment law and works with attorneys in the Firm’s business transactions and corporate securities groups, negotiating, drafting and litigating executive, noncompetition, and other employment related agreements. Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed Gail as a “Leading Lawyer,” describing her as “outstanding,” and noting that “sources are quick to highlight her cerebral approach” and reported that she “provides excellent feedback and proactive suggestions in an efficient and straightforward way.

Professional Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Law Clerk (1982-1984)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • California (inactive)

Academics

  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1982)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Pitzer College (B.A., with honors, 1978)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Co-chair, Trusts and Estates Practice Group
  • Co-chair, Diversity Committee
  • Fiduciary Litigation Practice Group
  • Financial Institutions Practice Group
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team

Publications

  • “New Uniform Power of Attorney Act, Effective January 1 (Bankers’ Edition),” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (December 1, 2016)
  • “New Uniform Power of Attorney Act, Effective January 1,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (October 5, 2016)
  • “Making the Case for Privacy: Why General Rule 22 Should Be Amended to Include Trust and Estate Matters and Strategies to Protect Client Privacy in the Meantime,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Newsletter, Vol. 42, Co-author (Winter/Spring 2016)
  • “Trustee Selection: Choose Wisely if Your Family-owned Business Will Be Held in a Trust,” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (December 2014)
  • “How the New Washington Trust Act and Its 2013 Amendments Affect You and Your Clients,”  Community Banker magazine (Winter 2014)
  • “Estate Plan Checkup — How to Avoid Disputes in a Closely Held Business,” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (December 2012)
  • “How the New Washington Trust Act Affects You and Your Clients,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association (September/October 2012)
  • “Demystifying Advance Directives,” Special Issue Brief, American Seniors Housing Association (Spring 2012)
  • “Conflicts of Interest, Loyalty and Privilege from the Perspectives of an Estate Planner and an Estate Litigator,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Newsletter, Vol. 39 No. 2, Co-author (Spring 2012)
  • “New Law Helps Bankers Fight Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults,” Puget Sound Business Journal (September 16, 2011)
  • “Guardians ad Litem: Statutory Authority and Roles,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Newsletter, Vol. 38 No. 1, Co-author (Winter 2010-2011)
  • “Trustee Fiduciary Duties, With a Perspective From An Independent Fiduciary,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Newsletter, Vol. 37 No. 4, Co-author (Fall 2010)
  • “Virtual Representation in Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution: Opportunities and Risks (With Sample Language),” ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, Co-author (October 2010)
  • “New Laws Affecting Oregon Employers in 2010,” Coast River Business Journal, Co-author (January 15, 2010)
  • “A Brave New World: Nonjudicial Dispute Resolution Procedures Under the Uniform Trust Code and Washington’s and Idaho’s Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Acts,” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Journal, Co-author (Fall 2009)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Washington Update: New Laws and Decisions That Will Impact Your Clients,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (September 8, 2016)
  • “Recent Changes in Estate Planning,” Washington State Bar Association Readmission Course, Co-presenter (August 25-26, 2016)
  • “Everything You Never Wanted the Public to Know About Your Estate Planning Clients,” East King County Estate Planning Council, Co-presenter (April 26, 2016)
  • “Working Effectively With Your Clients’ Long Term Care and Seniors Housing Communities,” Washington State Bar Association, Navigating Elder Law Systems: Advising Clients in a Complex World CLE Seminar (March 4, 2016)
  • “Everything You Never Wanted the Public to Know About Your Beneficiaries: Privacy Issues That Arise in Trust Administration,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (September 15, 2015)
  • “Everything You Never Wanted the Public to Know About Your Estate Planning Clients: Privacy Issues in Probate and Trust Proceedings,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Midyear Meeting, Co-presenter (June 13, 2015)
  • “Annual Case Law and Legislative Update,” Washington State Bar Association’s 11th Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar (May 7, 2014)
  • “Advance Directives, Guardianship and Powers of Attorney,” Assisted Living Leadership and Management Program, LeadingAge Washington (December 4, 2012 and August 8, 2013)
  • “The Times They Are a’Changin’ — What Employers Need to Know,” Assisted Living Leadership and Management Program, LeadingAge Washington (December 4, 2012)
  • “Usage of the POLST Form and Advance Directives,” LeadingAge Washington Webinar (September 27, 2012)
  • “The Washington Trust Act: A Nine Month Review and Progress Report,” Northwest Trust Conference (September 14, 2012)
  • “Twenty Questions:  The New Washington Trust Act,” Washington State Bar Association, Ninth Annual Trust and Estates Litigation CLE Seminar (March 2, 2012)
  • “New Washington Trust Act Amendments,” Eastside King County Estate Planning Council (November 16, 2011)
  • “New Washington Trust Act Amendments,” Pierce County Bar Association’s 10th Annual Guardianship Seminar (November 7, 2011)
  • “Conflicts of Interest, Loyalty and Privilege From the Perspectives of an Estate Planner and an Estate Litigator,” Washington State Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of Seattle (October 31, 2011)
  • “New Washington Trust Act Amendments,” Estate Planning Council of Seattle (September 21, 2011)
  • “New Washington Trust Act Amendments,” Snohomish County Estate Planning Council (September 15, 2011)
  • “TEDRA Fundamentals: Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, and Nonjudicial Binding Agreements Under RCW 11.96A,” Whatcom County Bar Association (September 7, 2011)
  • “Proposed Amendments to the Washington Trust Act and What They Mean for You,” Lane Powell Seminar (May 2011)
  • “Disputes Between Estates and Decedent’s Surviving Business Partners,” Washington State Bar Association, Eighth Annual Trust and Estates Litigation CLE Seminar, Co-chair and Presenter (March 2011)
  • “Significant Ethical Obligations in Implementing the Estate Plan,” Washington State Bar Association (December 2010)
  • “Virtual Representation in Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution: Opportunities and Risks,” ALI-ABA, Co-presenter (May 2010)
  • “Mediating Damages Claims,” Washington State Bar Association, Seventh Annual Trust and Estates Litigation CLE Seminar, Co-chair and Panel Member (March 2010)
  • “Annual Legislative and Case Law Update,” Lane Powell Annual Seminar (October 2009)
  • “Ethics for Elder Law Attorneys,” Washington State Bar Association, CLE Seminar (October 2009)
  • “Drafting and Litigating Prenuptial and Property Status Agreements,” Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear CLE Seminar (June 2009)
  • “Real Estate Issues in Probate and Trusts,” Washington State Bar Association, Sixth Annual Trust and Estates Litigation CLE Seminar, Co-chair and Presenter (March 2009)
  • “Drafting and Litigating Charitable Gifts,” Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear CLE and “Annual Best of CLE” Seminars (June 2008 and December 2008)

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Management, Labor Management (2010-2017)
  • Selected “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation (2012-2017); “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2012-2016)
  • Recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment (2012-2015)
  • Named as a “Top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyer” (2007, 2011-2015); “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Estate & Trust Litigation (2014-2016); Labor and Employment (2003, 2005-2013)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust (RPPT) Section
  • Member, RPPT Subcommittee on Trust and Estate Litigation and Editorial Board of the RPPT Section Newsletter
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Seattle
  • Member, Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member, King County Bar Association, RPPT Section and Labor & Employment Section
  • Representative, United States Law Firm Group, Women’s Committee
  • Immediate Past President, Jewish Family Service of Seattle
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Seattle Association for Jews With Disabilities Supporting Foundation
  • Past President, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
  • Founding Member, Vice President, Lawyerpalooza (nonprofit organization that sponsors annual law firm “Battle of the Bands” raising money for public school music programs)
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Youth Eastside Services
  • Pro Bono Amicus Curiae on behalf of Washington State Bar Association, In re Estate of Jones, 152 Wash.2d 1, 93 P.3d 147 (2004) (urging position unanimously adopted by Washington Supreme Court regarding fiduciary duties of personal representatives during probate)

Gail E. Mautner

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7099 | mautnerg@lanepowell.com

Date
10.20.2016
08.17.2016
06.21.2016
06.10.2016
05.09.2016
04.21.2016
10.27.2015
08.17.2015
06.19.2015
06.12.2015
05.21.2015
02.11.2015
10.20.2014
08.18.2014
06.17.2014
06.13.2014
06.03.2014
01.29.2014
08.15.2013
06.21.2013

Gail E. Mautner

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7099 | mautnerg@lanepowell.com

Date
12.01.2016
10.05.2016
11.25.2014
12.18.2013
12.04.2012
10.17.2012
07.16.2012
09.26.2011
03.01.2010
11.23.2009
10.01.2008
04.05.2005
01.31.2005
09.01.2004
08.01.2004
09.01.2001
10.01.2000

Gail E. Mautner

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7099 | mautnerg@lanepowell.com

Date
04.26.2016
03.04.2016
06.13.2015
05.07.2014
08.08.2013
12.04.2012
09.27.2012
09.14.2012
11.16.2011
11.07.2011
10.31.2011
09.21.2011
09.15.2011
09.07.2011
03.12.2010
09.30.2009
04.28.2009
02.05.2009
10.07.2008
10.09.2007