Katharine L. West
Areas of Practice:
Trust and Estate Administration
Admitted to Practice:
J.D., Stanford University, 1997
Katharine began her career in estate planning during her studies at Stanford Law School, preparing wills, trusts, and probate filings as a law clerk in a busy estate planning boutique. After graduating in 1997, Katharine accepted a position with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen LLP (later Bingham McCutchen LLP), a large Silicon Valley law firm, where she specialized in commercial litigation, appeals, and hospital/medical staff law. Katharine remained with Bingham for eleven years before moving to Portland and joining the Oregon State Bar in 2008. Since that time, she has returned to her estate planning roots, focusing her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, protective proceedings (guardianships and conservatorships), and related probate court matters.
Katharine lives in northeast Portland with her husband and two children. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Portland restaurants, watching stand-up comedy, running, and best of all, reading a good book.
Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning Section
Estate Planning Section CLE Planning Committee
State Bar of California, Trusts & Estates Section
Multnomah Bar Association
Albertina Kerr Foundation, Board of Trustees
Oregon Law Foundation, Board of Directors, 2012-2015, President, 2014
Campaign for Equal Justice, Board of Directors, 2014
Alameda Elementary School PTA, Past treasurer
Area of law practiced: Trusts & Estates