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Sarah B. Bowman

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Sarah Bowman is a partner in the Private Clients, Trusts and Estates group in the firm’s Seattle office. Ms. Bowman focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning, and resolving estate and trust disputes.

Ms. Bowman counsels and represents clients in all aspects of their estate planning needs, including tax planning, wealth transfer strategies, business succession planning, asset protection, charitable gifting, prenuptial and postnuptial arrangements, and document preparation related to these personal planning matters. She also represents clients in trust and estate administration matters, including probate and non-probate proceedings, as well as estate and trust litigation matters. Ms. Bowman counsels individuals for their planning needs as well as fiduciaries such as personal representatives and trustees in estate and trust matters.

Ms. Bowman graduated first in her law school class from Seattle University in 2006. She has been named as a Washington “Super Lawyer” in 2017, and previously a “Rising Star” from 2010-2016, by Super Lawyers. In addition, Sarah has been ranked by Chambers USA as an Up and Coming lawyer for 2018.

Ms. Bowman is the co-founder and President of the Butterfly Guild of Seattle Children’s, a non-profit that aims to fund research of pediatric bone marrow failure disease like Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. She also serves on the Seattle Children’s Philanthropic Advisory Council.

Ms. Bowman is also active in the firm, currently serving as the Chair of the Seattle office Women in the Profession Committee.


  • Ranked Up and Coming, Chambers USA, Private Wealth Law -- Washington, 2018
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Washington,” Seattle Met magazine, December 2017
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Washington,” Seattle Met magazine, July 2017
  • Named to the Washington Super Lawyers list, as selected by Super Lawyers, for 2017–2018
  • Named to the Washington Rising Stars list, as selected by Super Lawyers, for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Graduated first in her class from Seattle University School of Law in 2006
  • Recognized as one of Washington’s Top Women Attorneys by Seattle Met magazine, December 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • 2012 Pro Bono Public Service Commendation from the WSBA Board of Governors for contributing more than 50 hours to pro bono services in 2012, published in NW Lawyer, October 2013
  • Champion for Children's Award from Seattle Children's, September 2012

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Butterfly Guild of Seattle Children’s, President and Co-Founder
  • Seattle Children’s Philanthropic Advisory Council, Member
  • Seattle Children’s Medical Legal Partnership Pro-Bono Attorney, Volunteer
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Member 
  • Lakeside School Planned Giving Advisory Committee, Member

Speaking Engagements

  • “Planning for Washington State Estate Tax,” Seattle Children’s Hospital Philanthropic and Legacy Planning CLE for Professional Advisors, Seattle, June 2018
  • “Case Law and Legislative Updates,” Washington State Bar Association 13th Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar, Seattle, April 2016
  • “Estate Planning for Small Business Owners,” BECU client event, October 2015
  • “Spring Cleaning for your Estate Plan,” Business Briefing and Northwest Vine Time radio show, May 2015
  • “Estate Planning for Your Loved Ones,” Seattle Children’s Hospital, January 2015
  • “End of Year Estate Planning Considerations,” Business Briefing and Northwest Vine Time radio show, December 2014
  • “Give Less to the IRS: Unique Estate Planning Strategies,” client Family Summit, June 2014
  • “Initiating the Charitable Conversation,” Washington Planned Giving Council Planned Giving Day CLE, May 2014
  • “Estate Planning and Tax Law Updates for 2013," Empirical Investing Radio, Guest Speaker, April 2013
  • “End-Of-Year Estate and Financial Planning Strategies,” Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington, November 2012 
  • “Essential Planning Steps for Women with Young Children,” Seattle Children’s Luncheon, October 2012
  • “Preparing a Basic Estate Plan,” Washington State Bar Association CLE, Table Coach, September 2012
  • “Talking With Clients About Charitable Planning,” Washington Planned Giving Council, June 2012
  • “Probate: Beyond the Basics,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property Probate and Trust Midyear CLE, Spokane, June 2012
  • “Annual Case Law Update,” Washington State Bar Association Ninth Annual Trust and Estate Litigation CLE, Seattle, March 2012
  • “The Power of Philanthropy,” Seattle Children’s Hospital Luncheon for Professional Advisors, September 2011
  • “Probate Creditor Claims: Tricks, Traps, and Tales,” King County Bar Association, September 2011
  • “Probate Closing Procedures,” King County Bar Association, September 2011
  • “Advanced Probate,” Washington State Bar Association, Chair, December 2009
  • “Probate Boot Camp,” Washington State Bar Association, Chair, July 2009
  • “Probate Litigation: Understanding TEDRA,” Washington State Bar Association, July 2009