Philip J. Carstens - Foster Pepper PLLC

Philip J. Carstens

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 206-447-4400

Philip Carstens is a corporate and tax attorney with over 35 years advising clients in formation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.  He has also advised various entities in connection with mergers, reorganizations, acquisitions, and other financial transactions. He is highly experienced in the design and installation of employee stock ownership plans and other plans governed by ERISA. Phil was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the Tax category in the 2010 US News & World Report and also listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law since 1995.  Phil is an active speaker throughout the country on topics ranging from ESOPs to buying and selling businesses.  He is a frequent panel member and contributor appearing before the Seattle chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth in April 2011 and serving as a panelist on an ESOP Panel Presentation, “Strategies for Liquidity and Legacy.” 

Mr. Carstens was named Administrative Office Partner for the Spokane office in October 2010 and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.

Seattle UniversityBA University of San Francisco School of LawJ.D. New York University School of Law,LL.M

Client Comments

"P.J. Carstens at K&L Gates has extensive Tax Law experience and also has deep ESOP expertise. He is extremely effective and efficient, an active leader in the business community, and a pleasure to work with."

-Dennin Brasch
Point B Inc.

"P.J. Carstens delivers much more to our firm than general legal counsel. He is a valuable business partner and his advice and insight is based on a broad and deep understanding of our firm, our values, and our long term direction."

-Dennin Brasch
Point B Inc.

"PJ Carstens has a genuine interest in the long term success of our business and adds valuable perspective in a wide variety of topic areas. He is always about getting us the experience and expertise we need even if it is elsewhere. His insight into our business helps us not only better address issues, but also to better exploit opportunities. PJ is exceptional and consistently delivers tremendous value through his unique combination of wisdom and pragmatism."

Office Location

1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101-3292
United States


Practice Areas

Tax Law (Business and Succession Planning, Employee Benefits, Income Tax, Subchapter S Corporations, Tax Planning, Transactions)

Other Information

Gender: Male