Darin T. Jensen  Principal

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Practice Emphasis

Darin Jensen’s practice concentrates on business and estate planning with a strong emphasis on tax planning for families and their enterprises. His unique background in law and accounting makes him particularly well-suited to handle complex tax and business matters. Darin advises business owners on general business planning and family wealth succession strategies. He represents individuals, businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and private family foundations in a variety of matters such as business formation and on-going operation, drafting and advising estate plans, federal and state tax, charitable, wealth transfer, exit strategies, and business succession. He has spoken and written about numerous issues related to federal and state tax matters that affect businesses, estates, and individuals. In addition, Darin has handled many IRS controversial matters including IRS audits, IRS Appeals, and Tax Court.

As a Principal in the firm’s Corporate and Business Law practice, Darin adds a mixture of legal and tax experience to formulate solutions for a wide range of tax planning and compliance issues. He works with clients in many different business sectors. As an estate planning attorney, he has created many estate plans that successfully navigate the complexities of state and federal law.

Practice Areas


  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Sociology), Seattle Pacific University 
  • Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law 
  • LL.M. (Taxation), University of Washington School of Law

Representative Cases

  • Since 2009, Darin has coordinated over $450 Million in wealth transfers from the senior generation to the junior generation utilizing family limited partnerships, sales to trusts, intrafamilial loan arrangements, and private foundations.  
  • Darin reviewed a client's options in a partnership merger and provided an analysis that converted $5.3 million from potential ordinary income to long-term capital gain income and saved the client over $1 million in tax.  
  • Reviewed the details of a condemnation award in the amount of $2.8 million and provided an analysis that properly shielded $1.7 million from tax completely and deferred the tax on the other $1.1 million under Section 1033.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association 


  • Co-Author, Puget Sound Business Journal, "Five Succession Tips for Private Family Businesses," March 2015
  • Author, WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Newsletter, "Reasons to Use an Exemption Trust Despite the Portability Exemption," Spring 2011
  • Contributing Author, CCH, " Practical Guide to Form 990 " (2009)
  • Author, Legal Guide on Avvo.com, “Tax Accounting Method for LLCs” (2010)
  • Author, Washington Technology Center Newsletter, “Unleashing the Hidden Tax Benefits of R&D,” 2005

Professional & Civic

  • Washington Law & Politics magazine "Super Lawyer," 2014
  • Washington Law & Politics magazine "Rising Star," 2012
  • Finance chair for a large non-profit organization
  • Elementary Soccer Coach
  • Parent Volunteer Enatai Elementary


  • "Residency, Domicile, and Choice of Law," 59th Annual Northwest Estate Planning Conference, Seattle, WA, October 2014
  • "Use of LLCs in Asset Protection and Estate Planning," National Business Institute, Seattle, WA, May 2014
  • "Gifting and GST Tax Planning," National Business Institute, June 2012
  • "The Coalescence of Five Favorable Estate Planning Factors Making This the Perfect Time for Advanced Estate Planning," Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, May 2012
  • "Tax Issues, Succession Planning, and Estate Planning Related to Family Businesses," Seattle University - Undergraduate Program, 2011.
  • "2010 Tax Act; Estate Planning; and Succession Planning," Seattle University - MBA Program, 2011.