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James A. Flaggert

FlaggertJames
Partner
Chair, Trusts & Estates Practice
T206.757.8044
F206.757.7044
Jim Flaggert focuses on estate planning, administration of trusts and estates, business-succession planning, charitable planning, and estate and trust disputes. He creates charitable trusts and foundations and limited liability companies and partnerships, and assists in creating and funding insurance trusts and qualified personal residence trusts. Jim assists clients with generation-skipping transfer tax planning, and with grantor retained annuity trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts and dynasty trusts.

Jim also practices in the aircraft acquisition and finance area, and has represented purchasers, financing parties and airlines in connection with the purchase and delivery of more than 450 Boeing commercial aircraft. He has also assisted such clients in connection with various related tax matters. Jim regularly assists in the pre-delivery financing of commercial aircraft.

Representative Experience

Charitable planning for multiple clients

Charitable planning in conjunction with liquidity. (Ongoing)

Charitable planning for multiple clients

Creating private family foundations. (Ongoing)

Estate planning for closely held and public companies

Probate and trust administration of estates/trusts and interests in closely held and public companies. (Ongoing)

Estate planning for multiple clients

Creation and funding of grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs). (Ongoing)

Estate planning for multiple clients

Creation and funding of intentionally defective grantor trusts. (Ongoing)

Estate planning for multiple clients

Multigenerational planning involving generation-skipping transfer tax and dynasty trusts. (Ongoing)

Estate planning for multiple clients

Estate planning in conjunction with asset protection. (Ongoing)

Estate planning for multiple clients

Estate planning with life insurance products. (Ongoing)

Estate planning for principals of public and private companies

Strategic estate planning for founders, owners, officers and shareholders of public and private companies in connection with liquidity events, IPO, acquisitions. (Ongoing)

Finance - aircraft for multiple aviation clients

Represented airlines, foreign and domestic banks, and foreign and domestic leasing companies in the acquisition, financing, and resolution of tax issues in connection with more than 625 Boeing commercial aircraft. (Ongoing)

Finance - aircraft for multiple aviation clients

Acted as client representative (attorney-in-fact or agent) at the delivery of hundreds of Boeing commercial aircraft. (Ongoing)

Finance - aircraft for multiple aviation clients

Issued lex situs legal opinions covering issues of title transfer and tax in connection with the acquisition of more than 625 Boeing aircraft. (Ongoing)

Finance - aircraft for multiple aviation clients

Advised airlines, banks, and leasing companies regarding the structure of transactions involving the acquisition and financing of Boeing aircraft. (Ongoing)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle
  • Board of Directors, Special Olympics Washington
  • Board of Trustees, Islands Fund
  • Officer, CMR Foundation
  • Eagle Scout

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in Trusts and Estates Law by Woodward/White, 2003-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2005-2013
  • Named as one of  the "Top 87 Business Lawyers" in Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts, Seattle Business Monthly, 2008
  • Named as one of the "Best Personal Wealth Managers in the Seattle Area," Seattle Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 
  • Named as one of  "155 Top Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Monthly, 2007