Heidi Orr

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7742 |

Areas of Practice

Heidi Orr’s practice focuses on all aspects of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and estate and trust administration with an emphasis on personal planning for high net worth families and individuals. Heidi’s practice also focuses on charitable planned giving for families and individuals. Heidi regularly advises tax-exempt organizations with respect to formation, board structuring and education, federal and state compliance, and strategic planning. Heidi also works with corporate and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries to nonjudicially resolve trust and estate disputes and other trust and estate matters. Chambers High Net Worth has recognized Heidi’s private wealth law practice, noting that she “works hard for her clients in terms of getting to the right answer.”

Heidi is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. She also currently serves as the immediate past Chair of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Additionally, Heidi has a Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management.

Professional Experience

  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington

Academics and Accreditations

  • University of Washington School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1996)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • Washington State University (B.A., 1991)
  • Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management — Yellow Belt Certification

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Tax-Exempt and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Trusts and Estates


  • “Do Will-drafting Programs Fit Your Needs?” Puget Sound Business Journal (April 25, 2014)
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “Estate Planning in a Down Economy — There Are Still Ways to Ensure Your Assets Will Pass On and Retain Their Value,” Seattle Business magazine (October 2009)
  • “Estate Planning in the Future — Did the Presidential Election Really Change Anything?” Washington CEO (December 2008)
  • “Charitable Planning Can Provide a Rewarding Experience,” Puget Sound Business Journal (May 2008)
  • “The Impact of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 on Charitable Gift Planning,” WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Newsletter (Winter 2006/2007 Edition)

Speaking Engagements

  •  “Washington’s New Trust Decanting Statute: Old Trusts in New Bottles,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (September 28, 2017)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Midyear Meeting, Chair (June 2015)
  • “New Directed Trust Legislation,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar, Co-presenter (September 15, 2015)
  • “A Brief Preview of What May Be on the Legislative Horizon,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar (November 13, 2014)
  • “Preparing a Basic Estate Plan:  The Pre-Client Meeting,” Washington State Bar Association (September 2012)
  • “Risks and Rewards of Using Lifetime Gift Exemptions Today,” Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation Ninth Annual Conference on Philanthropic and Legacy Planning for Professional Advisors (June 2012)
  • “New Washington Trust Act Amendments,” Eastside King County Estate Planning Council (November 2011)
  • “Can You Just Review This for Me? Lessons Learned from,” Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Midyear Meeting (June 2011) and King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Monthly Meeting (October 2011)
  • “Turning Green, But Not from Envy: A Queasy Estate Planner’s Guide to Using a Trust and Estate Litigator,” Washington State Bar Association (March 2011)
  • “Implementation of the Estate Plan: After the Client Signs — What Now?” Washington State Bar Association, Co-chair (December 2010)
  • “Funding Testamentary Trusts: Formulas, Facts, and Property Characteristics,” King County Bar Association (October 2010)
  • “Virtual Representation in Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution: Opportunities and Risks,” ALI-ABA, Co-presenter (May 2010)
  • “Tax Issues and Considerations with Respect to Prenuptial and Property Status Agreements,” Attorney-CPA Tax Clinic (January 2010)
  • “Advising Estate Planning and Probate Clients: Practice Pitfalls and Economic Challenges,” Washington State Bar Association (November 2009)
  • “Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important,” McQuillan Education (June 2009; November 2008)
  • “Probate Boot Camp,” Washington State Bar Association (July 2008)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Midyear Meeting, Co-chair (June 2008)
  • “Probate: Beyond the Basics,” National Business Institute (September 2007)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning,” National Business Institute (July 2007)
  • “The Probate Process from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute (January 2007)
  • “Assisting with Estate Planning,” Half Moon (December 2007)

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates (2017-2018)
  • Recommended by Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (2016-2017)
  • Named as a “Rising Star,” Washington Law & Politics, Estate Planning and Probate (2003-2005, 2008-2009)
  • Named in “Best Lawyers” survey published by Seattle Metropolitan (2010)

Professional and Community Activities

  • South King County Legal Clinic
  • Northwest Women’s Law Clinic
  • King County Nonprofit Legal Clinic
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
      • Chair (2015-2016)
      • Probate and Trust Council Director (2012-2015)
      • Executive Committee (2009-2011)
      • Editorial Board (2006-2009)
      • Newsletter Editor (2008-2009)
  • King County Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle
  • Washington Women in Tax
  • YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish
    • Planned Giving Advisory Council (2012-Present)
    • Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Backstage Pass Board of Directors
    • Director (2001-2004)
    • Secretary of the Board (2001-2004)
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Board of Trustees
    • Trustee (2004-2010)
  • Member, Magnolia Lutheran Church, Seattle
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Washington Chapter Board of Trustees
    • Trustee (2009-2013)
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Science and Management of Addictions
    • Director (2013-Present)
  • U.S. Law Firm Group
    • Estates and Trust Practice Committee