Known for her extensive litigation background, Gail Mautner leads the firm’s Fiduciary Litigation Team, representing fiduciaries, beneficiaries and family members in disputed trust, probate and guardianship matters. READ MORE
Gail’s work has earned her several distinguished accolades — she is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and lauded in Chambers High Net Worth Band One for her private wealth dispute practice. A sources notes that she "is one of the go-to people in Seattle for fiduciary litigation." Another Chambers source states, "She has won some of the biggest estate cases and is really excellent. Her words carry the weight of her expertise and wisdom.” A fellow Washington state attorney praises her as "one of the toughest trust and estate litigators in Seattle," calling her a "formidable lawyer." Another peer reports, “Often litigators are tough in court and she does that side of things well, but she is also collaborative and you can brainstorm with her."
Gail is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle and a frequent speaker on topics arising under Washington’s Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act. Gail has been named as a “Top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyer” (2007, 2011-2017, 2019, 2020), "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyer" (2020) and a “Washington Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers® magazine and as a "Top 250 Women in Litigation" and a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.
Gail also maintains an active practice advising clients on best practices for managing human resources and compliance with federal, state and local employment law. Gail's hallmark is being "just a phone call away" for real time practical advice on challenging personnel issues. She also represents clients before federal, state and local employment agencies, such as the EEOC and the Washington Human Rights Commission. In addition, working closely with the firm’s business transactions group, Gail negotiates, drafts and litigates executive, noncompetition and other employment-related agreements.
Cohen & Kaplan P.S. (1984-1988)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Law Clerk (1982-1984)
Endowment for Equal Justice, Board Member
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust (RPPT) Section; and Labor & Employment Section, Member
Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Member
Washington Women Lawyers, Member
King County Bar Association, RPPT Section and Labor & Employment Section, Member
Jewish Family Service of Seattle, Past President
Seattle Association for Jews With Disabilities Supporting Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees
Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Past President
Youth Eastside Services, Pro Bono Counsel
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)
Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (2017-2021)
“Local Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation (2012-2021)
“Labor & Employment Star – West,” Benchmark Litigation (2019-2021)
“Top 250 Women in Litigation,” Benchmark Litigation (2012-2019)
“Washington Super Lawyer,” Thomson Reuters, Estate & Trust Litigation (2014-2021); Labor and Employment (2003, 2005-2013)
The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Management, Labor Management (2010-2021); Trusts and Estates (2018-2021); Trusts and Estates Litigation (2019-2021)
“Top 50: Women Washington Super Lawyers,” Thomson Reuters (2007, 2011-2017, 2019-2021)
"Top 100: Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters (2020)
Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment (2012-2015)
AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
"Client Service All-Stars," BTI Consulting (2020)
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