Teresa’s practice covers a wide array of areas—broadly, her practice is constituted by estate and trust matters. More specifically, Teresa’s area of expertise includes estate planning, trust and estate litigation, probate and trust administration, vulnerable adult protection actions, federal tax, and charitable & tax-exempt organizations. Teresa engages in proactive estate planning, advising on gifts, wealth transfer, and inheritance.  She assists families in navigating disagreements and disputes, and when agreement cannot be reached, she handles the litigation needed to resolve trust and estate disputes. She is also experienced in working with nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Prior to joining OMW, Teresa was a Principal at Foster Garvey PC.



  • Author, “Keeping Fiduciaries Out of Trouble,” Northwest Prime Time, 2014
  • Author, “Fiduciaries need good, professional advice,” Puget Sound Business Journal, 2014
  • Author, “Chinese Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Modern World: Can the Chinese Effectively Profit from One of Their Most Valuable Cultural Resources?” 2002

Practice Areas


  • LL.M., Taxation, University of Washington School of Law
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law
  • B.A., Lafayette College

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Tax Reform," Kitsap County Estate Planning Council, 2018
  • Speaker. "Practical Considerations for TEDRA Arbitrations," 14th Annual Trust & Estate Litigaqtion Seminar, Washington State Bar Association – Seattle, 2017
  • Speaker, "Wine, Women and Wills," Legal Voice, Garvey Schubert Barer – Seattle, 2016
  • Speaker, "Solutions for Difficult Gifts and Post-Mortem Planning," Seattle Children's Hospital CE, Conference on Philanthropic and Legacy Planning for Advisors – Seattle, 2016
  • Speaker, "Estate Planning Ethics," U.S. Judge Advocate General Corps – Bangor Naval Base, 2016
  • Speaker, "Fiduciaries in the Crosshairs," Alaska Bar Association, Estate and Probate Law Section – Anchorage, 2016
  • Speaker, "Estate Planning Ethics," Kitsap Estate Planning Seminar, Kitsap Community Foundation – Silverdale, 2016
  • Speaker, "Fiduciary Pitfalls," Kitsap Estate Planning Council – Silverdale, 2015
  • Speaker, "Capacity to Give and Undue Influence," Washington Planned Giving Council – Seattle, 2015
  • Speaker, "Fiduciaries in the Cross-Hairs," 12th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar, WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust Section – Seattle, 2015
  • Speaker, "Business and Real Estate Interests in Trusts & Estates," Kitsap Estate Planning Council – Silverdale, 2015
  • Speaker, "Notice, Information-Sharing and Other Issues under the Washington Trust Act – Three Perspectives: the Drafted, Fiduciary and Litigator," 59th Annual Estate Planning Conference, WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section – Seattle, 2014
  • Speaker, "Drafting Tips for the Updated 2011 Trust Act," Washington Bar Association CLE – Seattle, 2013
  • Speaker, "The 2011 Trust Act: One Year Later," Washington Bar Association CLE – Seattle 2012
  • Presenter, 2012 Oregon Estate Planning Seminar, Garvey Schubert Barer – Portland, 2012
  • Speaker, "Estate Planning for and with Nonprobate Assets," Washington Bar Association CLE – Seattle, 2012
  • Speaker, "Drafting Tips for the 2011 Washington Trust Act," WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section CLE – Seattle, 2011
  • Speaker, "Implementing the Estate Plan," Washington State Bar Association CLE – Seattle, 2010
  • Presenter, "2010 Estate Planning Seminar: Who Can Fill Your Shoes?" Garvey Schubert Barer, 2010
  • Speaker, "Post-Mortem Trust Planning," Sophisticated Probate Strategies, National Business Institute, Washington State Convention & Trade Center – Seattle, 2009
  • Presenter, "Aging Well: Planning for Common Aging Issues," Garvey Schubert Barer – Portland, 2009
  • Presenter, "Aging Well: Planning for Common Aging Issues," Garvey Schubert Barer – Seattle, 2009


  • Chambers High Net Worth, Leading Individual, Private Wealth Law, 2017-2019.
  • Washington Super Lawyers List, 2019.
  • Washington Super Lawyers, Top 50 Washington Women, 2019.
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers, 2009-2018.
  • Rising Star, Washington Women's Edition, 2013-2018.
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