Attorneys

Attorneys

Dawn S. Spratley

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7274 | spratleyd@lanepowell.com

Area of Practice

Dawn Spratley focuses her practice on estate and trust litigation, pre and postnuptial agreements, probate, and domestic and international estate planning.

Professional Experience

  • Michigan Second District Court of Appeals, Intern to the Honorable Judge Mark J. Cavanagh

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Academics

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., 1998)
    • University of Detroit Mercy Moot Court Board of Directors
    • University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Editor
  • Pepperdine University (B.A., 1993)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Trusts and Estates

Publications

  • “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)
  • “Adjudications of Testacy, Intestacy or Heirship,” Chapter 11 of the King County Probate Policy and Procedure Manual, 2011
  • “The Meaning of a Taking…and…Just Compensation… (For) Owners Regulated by the Wetlands Protection Act,” 75 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev., 467, 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • “A Cautionary Tale: Why a Team Approach Is Essential to International Planning,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (September 8, 2016)
  • “Live in Washington, Shop in Oregon, Die in California — or Move to Canada?” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (September 15, 2015)
  • “How Did I Find Myself in a Reality TV Show? Tips for Estate Planners Hoping to Avoid Estate Litigation,” Washington State Bar Association’s 12th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section (April 22, 2015)
  • “Eight Things Your Clients Should Know About Prenuptial and Property Status Agreements,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (November 13, 2014)
  • “Litigating Prenuptial and Property Status Agreements in Probate Proceedings and Under TEDRA,”  Washington State Bar Association’s 5th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section (2008)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Rising Star,” Washington Law & Politics, 2009

Professional and Community Activities

  • The Children’s Museum Seattle
    • Vice Chairman (2013-Present)
    • Trustee (2011-Present)
    • Secretary (2012-2013)
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member, Washington Women in Tax
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Seattle
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, MAMAS (Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle)
  • Member, American Bar Association

Language

  • Limited German