Eileen S. Peterson, Partner
  • There are few attorneys in the Pacific Northwest who possess as much knowledge and experience in the field of elder law as Eileen Peterson. In fact, she is the only attorney in Pierce County certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since the program began in 1994.

    Eileen has also served as Chair of the Guardianship Task Force for WSBA Elder Law Section from 2007-2013 and was the recipient of the WSBA Elder Law Exceptional Service Award in 2009. She is a frequent speaker and presenter on a wide range of topics including elder law, guardianship, estate planning, and charitable giving.

    Her current area of practice includes all types of estate planning, including trusts and estates, probate, elder law, guardianship, and court-supervised trusts. She also has extensive experience in the more complex area of estate planning and succession planning for disabled persons. She has a passion for creating solutions that work for unique problems her clients come to her to solve.

    Eileen was born in Tacoma and appreciates the Pierce County community. She loves to read, quilt, cardio-dancing, gardening, and travel. 

  • Education

    • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1987
    • cum laude
    • Masters in Counseling, University of Oregon, 1980
    • magna cum laude
    • B.S., Washington State University, 1973

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State Courts

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • Washington State Bar Association

      • Member, Section on Real Property, Probate, and Trusts
      • Member, Section on Elder Law
      • Executive Committee, Elder Law Section (2000-2010)
    • American Bar Association

      • Member, Section on Real Property, Probate and Trusts
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

    • Washington Chapter National Association of Elder Law Attorneys

      • Member, Board of Directors, 2003-06
    • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

    Professional History

    • Joined firm in 1987
    • Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since certification began in 1994 and only attorney certified in Pierce County
    • Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Chair for Executive Committee, 2005-06
    • Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section Executive Committee, 2000-10

    Honors & Awards

    • Ranked as Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2014-2018 by Washington Super Lawyers
    • Selected as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2007-2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2018, Trusts and Estates
    • Recipient of The Honorable Robert J. Bryan Chapter of the America Inns of Court, Civility Award
    • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell
    • Ranked in the Top 100 List in the 2016 Washington Super Lawyers
  • Representative Matters

      • All areas of estate planning
      • Straight-forward to complex probates
      • Trust Administration issues
      • Guardianship
      • Elder Law
      • Court-supervised trusts, including creation, administration and dispute resolution
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Pioneer Square
  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
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1201 Pacific Ave, #2100, Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: 253.620.6500  Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square, 600 University St, #2100, Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575