Lora has been practicing exclusively in the trusts and estates area since 1991. She began her law career at the former Seattle firm Bogle & Gates, and then at Stokes Lawrence in Seattle (1993-2006), where she was a partner in the estate planning group. In 2006 she opened her solo law firm and after more than a decade of a distinguished solo law practice, she joined KHBB Law in 2017.
Lora advises individuals and families in estate planning matters, assists in the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation, premarital and postmarital agreements, and represents fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates. In her work with estate planning clients, Lora focuses on purposeful planning, with a close eye on tax advantageous options for wealth transfers, and works closely with clients to develop succession plans for closely-held businesses.
Lora studied law at the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law), graduating in 1991, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1985 (Communications/Editorial Journalism major).
Recognized as a leader in the estate planning community, Lora was elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) in 2002. She served as Washington State Chair of ACTEC from 2012-2017, and as Western Region Chair (2016-2018). She was appointed to the Board of Regents of ACTEC in 2018 and is also the current Chair of the Practice Committee and a member of the New Fellows Steering Committee.
Lora was Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, and has served as Emeritus Chair. She is a Past Chair of the WSBA Taxation Section’s Estate and Gift Tax Committee. Lora has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (Washington Law and Politics) every year since 2002 (including through 2019), was honored as a “Top 100 Washington Lawyer” in years 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, and as a “Top 50 Washington Women Lawyer” in eleven consecutive years (2006-2017). She has been chosen by her peers as a “Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates Law” by American Lawyer Magazine since 2007 (including and through 2019).
Professional Activities and Memberships
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (elected to the College 2002) Board of Regents (2018-current)
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Section
Estate Planning Council of Seattle (Executive Committee 2008-2010)
Washington Women in Tax
King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
Speaking Engagements and Publications
Awards and Recognition