Alan D. Macpherson, Partner
  • Alan Macpherson’s primary area of practice at GTH is estate planning and taxation. He particularly enjoys working on projects that combine financial and tax as well as legal aspects, such as establishing and monitoring investment LLCs and generation-skipping trusts, and helping clients build specific themes into their estate plans, like helping with the education of grandchildren.

    Before joining the firm in 1986, Alan was a Certified Public Accountant at Knight, Vale & Gregory and he served as corporate counsel for Alaska Airlines from 1976-80. He is the author of “An Estate Planner’s Alaskan Adventures,” about the creation of Alaska asset protection trusts.

    Alan is a member of the Tacoma Estate Planning Council and was chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the Washington State Bar Association from 2008 to 2010. He is married, with two grown daughters and sons in law and five grandchildren, and he feels extremely lucky to be related to every one of them.  He enjoys gardening, jogging, and music, singing bass in the church choir.

  • Education

    • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1976
    • B.A., English Literature, Indiana University, 1973
    • Phi Beta Kappa

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State Courts
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • Washington State Bar Association

      • Committee on Estate and Gift Tax, Section on Taxation, and Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust
    • Tacoma Estate Planning Council

    Professional History

    • Joined firm in 1986
    • Certified Public Accountant, Knight, Vale & Gregory, 1980-86
    • Corporate Counsel, Alaska Airlines, 1976-80

    Honors & Awards

    • Selected for inclusion in the 2010-2018 Washington Super Lawyers lists
    • Best Lawyers of America, Trusts and Estates, 2012 and 2015-2018
    • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell
    • Chair, Estate and Gift Tax Committee of Washington State Bar Association, 2008-2010.
    • Best Lawyers, Pacific Northwest 2016
    • Best Lawyers - Seattle, 2015 Trusts & Estates

    Community Activities

      • Presbyterian Church, Elder, Deacon, and Clerk
      • Past member of Charles Wright Academy Board of Trustees
  • Representative Matters

    • Estate planning and administration with an emphasis on taxation.

  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
  • Pioneer Square
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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