Dawson Taylor

Attorney

Dawson uses creative and personalized planning strategies to provide solutions to entrepreneurs and investors as they seek to accumulate, preserve, and transfer their wealth. He develops sophisticated plans to minimize the impacts of taxation upon the value created by entrepreneurial activities. His extensive experience includes mergers and acquisitions, structuring tax-friendly (and deferred) exchanges and inter-generational wealth transfers. Recently, he has emphasized technology enterprises, including venture funds, start-ups, and mature technology companies. Dawson has helped owners and executives of hundreds of enterprises with strategies for maximizing the capital gains potential in their activities and with wealth transfer and business succession strategies.

Introduction

Dawson uses creative and personalized planning strategies to provide solutions to entrepreneurs and investors as they seek to accumulate, preserve, and transfer their wealth. He develops sophisticated plans to minimize the impacts of taxation upon the value created by entrepreneurial activities. His extensive experience includes mergers and acquisitions, structuring tax-friendly (and deferred) exchanges and inter-generational wealth transfers. Recently, he has emphasized technology enterprises, including venture funds, start-ups, and mature technology companies. Dawson has helped owners and executives of hundreds of enterprises with strategies for maximizing the capital gains potential in their activities and with wealth transfer and business succession strategies.

Experience & Results

  • Structuring enterprises, including venture funds, start-ups, and mature technology companies
  • Working with owners and executives of hundreds of enterprises to maximize the capital gains potential in their activities and with wealth transfer and business succession strategies
  • Minimizing Washington state taxes for enterprises and individuals
  • Structuring effective incentive compensation arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Cross-border investments
  • Family offices and private investment funds

Education

  • Georgetown University (B.S./B.A., 1969)
  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1974)

Admissions

  • Washington
  • US District Court, Western District of Washington
  • US Tax Court (#TD 0201)

Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships

  • Top Lawyer - Taxation Award Recipient, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • Named on the Washington Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers® Magazine
  • Top Ten Lawyer in Washington Award Recipient, Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • Top Business Lawyer Award Recipient, Seattle Business
  • Top Lawyer Award Recipient, Seattle Magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Vice-president, Treasurer and Legal Counsel to Seattle Jazz Guitar Society from 2006 to Present
  • Served as Trustee of Seattle Opera from 1982 to 2008
  • Served as President of Seattle Opera Foundation from 1991 to 1999

Personal

  • Pretty good jazz musician; his well-reviewed CD "It Could Happen to You" is available through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and music stores throughout the world.