Joseph M. Gaffney
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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

News & Press Mentions

12 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Private Wealth Practice
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
13 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Super Lawyers Recognizes 18 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
11 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017
Dorsey Partner Joseph Gaffney Ranked Band 1 by Chambers for Private Wealth Law
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
9 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Dorsey Partner Joe Gaffney Receives 2014 St. Ignatius Medal
11 Dorsey Seattle Lawyers Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 and Best Lawyers of the Year
Dorsey Congratulates Partner Joe Gaffney on Receiving 2014 Pro Bono Award from King County Bar Association
Dorsey Partner Joseph Gaffney Receives King County Bar Association's 2014 Pro Bono Award
Super Lawyers Recognizes 20 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
12 lawyers in the Firm’s Seattle office named Super Lawyers™ and six named Rising Stars by Washington Super Lawyers

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, 2016-2018
  • 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, 2014-2019      
  • Listed as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2003-2018
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Seattle University
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Seattle Preparatory School
Joseph M. Gaffney