Joseph M. Gaffney
PEOPLE

Joseph M. Gaffney

Of Counsel
gaffney.joe@dorsey.com

Overview

JOE’S PRACTICE EMPHASIZES PRIVATE CLIENT SERVICES, INCLUDING TAX, ESTATE PLANNING, TRUST, PROBATE, BUSINESS SUCCESSION AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT.

A member of Dorsey's Tax and Estate Planning group, Joe is general counsel to numerous families, closely held business owners, trust and nonprofit organizations. He has significant experience with IRS disputes, integrated financial and tax planning, shareholder agreements, executive compensation, administration of complex trusts and estates and charitable matters. Joe is an officer and director of Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company.

Education & Admissions

New York University (L.L.M., Taxation, 1975)

University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1972), Order of the Coif
Thurston Society

Seattle University (B.C.S., Accounting, 1967)

Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Integrated Strategies for Wealth Preservation
Integrated Strategies for Wealth Preservation

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Brotman Family Foundation, Board of Directors
  • College Success Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Full Life Care, Advisory Board
  • Nesholm Family Foundation, Board of Trustees       
  • Seattle University, Board of Trustees 
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle

Accolades

 

  • Recognized by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) for Private Wealth Law, 2016-2017
  • St. Ignatius Medal, Seattle University, 2014
  • Pro Bono Award, King County Bar Association, 2014
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 1995-2012, 2014-2018      
  • Listed as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2003-2018
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Seattle University
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Seattle Preparatory School
Joseph M. Gaffney