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Gary E. Jacobson, J.D.


Practice Areas

  • Business Relationships
  • Business Contracts
  • Business Acquisitions
  • Corporations
  • Real Estate Law
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Business Internal and External Succession Planning


  • Washington State Bar, 1970


  • University of Washington, B.A. 1966, J.D. 1970


  • Civil Deputy Prosecutor, King County Washington, 1970-72
  • General Counsel's Office, SAFECO, 1972-74


Received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Washington, 1966; Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Washington School of Law, 1970. He is a principal in the Bellevue, Washington law firm of VANDER WEL, JACOBSON & KIM, PLLC.


Mr. Jacobson was formerly staff counsel for SAFECO Insurance, involved with business perpetuation and transition matters of all kinds, including business loans. He has co-founded and owned several small companies. His practice emphasizes business mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, related corporate and partnership law, and real estate transactions. An area of particular emphasis is firms with high intangible value, such as professional firms and property/casualty insurance agencies, where he has achieved national recognition. He has worked with hundreds of businesses over a 30+-year period.


Mr. Jacobson is a lecturer on business perpetuation and transition at seminars and programs for professional organizations around the country.