Tom Lofton
When I was a young boy, about 30 months old, I was adopted with the help of my favorite uncle, who just happened to be an attorney in the city where I was an orphan and used his legal abilities to connect me to my mother and eventual family.  I remember being fascinated by the stories my uncle told me about his career and what he did every day at work- how he fought for social justice and to make the world a better place.

By the time I was six years old, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and I never waivered in that decision right up to the day I passed my first bar exam in Oregon in July of 1990.  I started my practice that summer in Portland, Oregon, and my passion and enthusiasm for helping others have grown ever since.

What I have learned is that the law is a wonderful tool for achieving goals.  My focus is  on using the constitution, statutes and common law we have in place to help individuals, families and business owners protect what is theirs, keep more of what they have earned, and to get the most out of it for their loved ones and their favorite causes.  We all want to be able to say we “finished well,” and that we left the world a better place.

I hope to be able to impart what I have learned, to help you navigate the nuances of our legal system for your own benefit.  Feel free to join in and let me know your thoughts.  I look forward to the journey.

My typical client representations include wealth counseling, estate planning, business structuring (for optimum asset protection, taxation and succession), probate, settlement and administration of taxable trusts, tax solutions, resolving estate controversies, and philanthropic planning.

My practice emphasizes collaboration with other professionals (legal, accounting, banking and financial) to accomplish client goals. My clients, which number more than 2000 individuals and families and hundreds of active businesses, is focused in the Pacific Northwest, primarily around the Seattle and Portland metro areas.

I am admitted to practice before all of the Courts in the State of Oregon, the U.S. District for the State of Oregon, the State of Washington and the Internal Revenue Service.

I am admitted to or am a member or former member of:
  • Oregon State Bar Association (1990 to date)
  • Washington State Bar Association (1996 to date)
  • American Bar Association (1990 to date)
  • U.S. District Court (District of Oregon) (1991 to date)
  • Kirkland Chamber of Commerce (1996 to date)
  • Wealth Counsel, LLC (1998 to date)
  • Washington State Bar, Committee of Law Examiners (1998- 2002)
  • Washington State Bar, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2006-07)
  • Northwest Small Business Roundtable (1999 to date)

I have 25 years of teaching, counseling, design and drafting experience in the following practice areas:
  • Revocable Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts and Wills
  • Elder Law/Disability/Medicaid and VA Planning
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance (Wealth Replacement) Trusts
  • Charitable Annuity Trusts, Charitable Unitrusts, and Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Special Needs (Craven’s) Trusts for Handicapped Children or Adults- Including Guardianships
  • Family Limited Partnership Formation
  • Limited Liability Company and Corporation Formations
  • Shareholder and Buy/Sell Agreements/Business Succession Planning
  • Tax Returns for Estates and Trusts/Probate and Estate Administration
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • IRA Trusts

Career Overview:  While in law school, Mr. Lofton clerked with the U.S. Department of Justice.  After passing the Oregon Bar, he worked as an Associate Attorney from 1990-1992 with the litigation firm Kasson & Murr of Beaverton, Oregon, in the areas of elder law, estate planning and consumer protection.  In 1992, he took the position of Regional Corporate Counsel for the Portland Oregon office of SBI, a multistate corporation, where he worked until 1995.  Subsequently, after passing the Washington Bar in 1996, he became the Managing Partner of Legal Benefits Law Partnership, a 4-state law firm based in Bellevue, Washington, before merging with Dennis Brislawn to form Brislawn Lofton, PLLC in 1998 (now known as The Private Client Law Group). In 2014, Mr. Lofton became a shareholder attorney at the Bellevue, Washington law firm of Oseran Hahn, P.S.

Tom’s interests include alpine skiing, mountain climbing, marathon running, golf and attending the theatre and concerts. Tom is active in charitable work for Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Boy Scouts of America, and various other charitable causes in our local community.
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