LAURA'S RESUME

Background

Laura is the principal of Zeman Law Group PLLC. She practices in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, charitable planning and business planning. She has lectured on related topics before the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association and other professional groups. Prior to opening Zeman Law Group PLLC, Laura practiced law for seven years at a large Seattle law firm. In addition to her native English, Laura speaks conversational French.
 

Experience

Principal, Zeman Law Group, PLLC, Bellevue and Seattle, Washington (2007-present)

Attorney in the estate planning group, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, Washington (2000-2007)

Pro bono attorney, United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands (2001-2003)

Law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge David E. Wilson, United States District Court, Western District of Washington (1998-2000)

Extern to the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Portland, Oregon (1997)
 

Education


J.D. magna cum laude, Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America, 1998; Note & Comment Editor, Catholic University Law Review; Moot Court

B.A. cum laude, political science and French, Boston College, 1994

Université de la Faculté Libre de Droit, Paris, France, 1992-1993
 

Professional and Community Activities


Board Member, Board of Directors, East King County Estate Planning Council

Committee Member and Legacy Advisor, Legacy Council, Seattle Childrens' Hospital Foundation

Board Member, Overlake Hospital Planned Giving Board

Board Member, Swedish Hospital Planned Giving Board

Member, Seattle Estate Planning Council

Member, Washington Women in Tax

Past Committee Member, Executive Committee Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association

Past Committee Member, Planned Giving Advisory Committee, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Past Board Member, Board of Directors, Seattle French American Chamber of Commerce
 

Publications, Presentations & Other


Named "Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics (2011-2016)

Named "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics (2004, 2005, 2008)

"Estate Planning is No Longer Just Developing a Will or Tax Plan for the Wealthy," Overlake Hospital Foundation (2015)

"An Overview of French Inheritance Laws" Society of Trusts and Estates Pracitioners (STEP) (2015)

"Practical Estate Planning Tips and Pointers for French Nationals," French American Chamber of Commerce (2015)

"Why Isn't a Green Card Really Green? Practical Tips and Pointers for Working with International Clients," WSBA Midyear Meeting (2012)

"Fundamentals of Estate Planning" Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (2010)

"An Overview of French Inheritance Laws", Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), Seattle Chapter, (2010)

"The Estate Planning Techniques" Children's Hospital Foundation, (2008-2009)

"Planning Methods to Control Medical Treatment", Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts CLE, McQuillan Education, (2008)

"Estate Planning for the Female Business Owner," The Rainier Club (2007)

"An Overview of the Law Relating to Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Directives to Physicians," Estate Planning for Small to Medium-Sized Estates, Washington State Bar Association, CLE (2006)

Durable Financial Powers of Attorney and Durable Health Care Powers of Attorney, publication of the WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (2005)

"Living Wills & Powers of Attorney," Healthcare Planning Seminar, Virginia Mason Foundation (2004, 2005)

"Estate Planning: Ethical Considerations of Using Medicaid to Plan for Long-Term Medical Care for the Elderly," 13 Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal 187 (1998)

Note, "State Sovereign Immunity: Myth or Reality After Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida?," 46 Catholic University Law Review1005 (1997)
 

State Bars


Member of the bar in both Washington (active) and Oregon (inactive)