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Janis A. Cunningham

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Perkins Coie LLP

Janis Cunningham, a partner and Chair of the firm's Personal Planning practice, has over 30 years of experience in trust and estate law.  A Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, she prepares estate planning documents for clients and represents them in probate and trust administration proceedings.  She advises clients in a broad range of lifetime gifting strategies, including generation skipping planning, assists in the preparation of estate and gift tax returns, and is involved in estate and trust dispute resolution proceedings.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Listed in Seattle Business Monthly, "Top 87 Business Lawyers," January 2007
  • Listed in The Seattle Times, “Seattle's Best Lawyers,” July 2013
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers,” 2005 - 2006, 2012
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Top 50 Washington Female Super Lawyers,” 2004 - 2007, 2012
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2001 - 2013
  • Received the Five Star Professional Award – Overall Satisfaction, 2009 - 2013

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8607
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Fiduciary Duties, Gift Planning, Probate, Tax, Trust Administration)


  • University of Wisconsin (BS) (1973)
  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D.) (1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel — Fellow
  • Washington State Bar Association — Member
  • King County Bar Association — Member


  • United States Court of Appeals