Mr. Russell J. Speidel

Mr. Russell J. Speidel (Wenatchee, Washington)

Mr. Russell J. Speidel

Attorney in Wenatchee, WA

Russell J. Speidel was raised in Wenatchee, Washington. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Stanford University, his law degree from Willamette University and a Master’s Degree in the Laws of Taxation from Boston University.

For over 30 years Mr. Speidel has emphasized estate planning in his law practice. Mr. Speidel is a past president of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association. He was the founding president of Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services, which provides pro bono legal services to low income people in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

He organized and chaired the first Washington State Bar Association statewide project of Law Week “A Lawyer and Judge in Every School” and received the WSBA President’s Award for his successful efforts in that endeavor.

Mr. Speidel and the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association were co-recipients of the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington. "In consideration of their crucial and time consuming role in reshaping the volunteer attorney program in Chelan and Douglas counties into a vital and important service".

He has also received the Wenatchee Business Journal Readers’ Choice Award for Best Lawyer.

Honors and Awards: Mr. Speidel holds the top rating possible, AV, in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been accepted into the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Speidel has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics Magazine in each of the years 2007 through 2013. He was also been rated as “superb” by, an independent and free legal directory website that profiles and ranks attorneys for consumer use.

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Practice Area
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Corporations
  • Business
  • Real Estate
  • Guardianship and Elder Law
  • Election Law
  • Immigration Law
Chelan Douglas County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Award, 2000. Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Award, 2011.
Total time spent on pro bono work: 10%

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Managing Partner
Admission Details
Admitted in 1974, Massachusetts
1977, New Hampshire and U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
1981, U.S. Supreme Court
1982, Washington
1984, U.S. Tax Court
1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
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Law School Attended
Willamette University
Class of 1974

Boston University
Class of 1977
LL.M. in Taxation
University Attended
Stanford University
Class of 1970
Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army Reserve, 1977
Associations & Memberships
Chelan-Douglas County (President, 2001-2002), Washington State (Chair, Committee on Law Week 2000; President's Award, 2000; Member, Sections on: Business Law; Taxation; Elder Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust), Massachusetts, New Hampshire and American (Member, Real Property, Trust and Estate Section) Bar Associations.
Bar Fellowship
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Representative Cases
In re Contested Election of Schoessler, 140 Wn 2d 368, 998 P.2d 818 (2000).In re Recall of Heiberg, 171 Wn 2d 771 (2011).
Hobbies & Interests
Member, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Wenatchee.

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Speidel Bentsen LLP
7 North Wenatchee Avenue, Suite 600,
Wenatchee, WA 98801-7201
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Mr. Russell J. Speidel
Managing Partner
Speidel Bentsen LLP
7 North Wenatchee Avenue, Suite 600,
Wenatchee, WA 98801-7201

Speidel Bentsen LLP (Wenatchee, Washington)