Vanessa A. Usui
Areas of practice
Charitable planning and organizations
Probate and trust administration
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.
Before joining Duffy Kekel, Vanessa practiced with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland, Oregon
Memberships & activities
Oregon Estate Planning & Administration Newsletter Editorial Board, Member
Basic Rights Oregon – Board of Directors, Chair; Legal Advisory Group, Member