Vanessa A. Usui

Email: Phone: 971-244-1843

Vanessa A. UsuiAreas of Practice

Charitable planning and organizations

Estate planning

Probate and trust administration

Real estate

Tax dispute resolution




Vanessa focuses her practice on estate and tax planning, probate, trust administration, charitable giving and organizations, and tax controversies. She assists clients in developing their estate and business succession plans with an eye towards tax efficiency and business continuity.

She also represents individuals, estates, and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the Oregon Department of Revenue. She has experience representing clients throughout the dispute process – from audit, to appeals, and even in litigation if necessary. Recent issues in dispute have included: estate valuation, discharge of indebtedness income, constructive dividends, charitable deductions, hobby losses, real property taxation, and excise taxes.

Admitted to Practice

Federal District Court for the District of Oregon
United States Tax Court
Court of Federal Claims


Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
Reed College, B.A.

Memberships & Activities

Partnership for Safety and Justice – Board of Directors, 2018-present

Oregon Estate Planning & Administration Newsletter Editorial Board, Member

Basic Rights Oregon – Board of Directors, 2008 – 2017