William C. Dudley

William C. Dudley

Practice areas:

Phone: 360-816-2469 (WA) |  503-283-3393 (OR)
Fax: 360-696-2122

Bill Dudley's practice focuses primarily on assisting businesses and their owners with business formations, transactions, acquisitions, and coordinated estate and business planning. His approach is to simplify the complex by coordinating business strategies and multiple legal disciplines, including, for example, corporate, tax, contracts, and employment, along with estate and charitable planning. Bill credits his engineering background with allowing him to combine strategic analysis with careful consideration of details.

"We represent outstanding companies and take great pride in their success."

Bill especially enjoys the opportunities he has to form relationships with creative, entrepreneurial individuals in the community. “It's gratifying to see clients make positive contributions to our local and regional economy and to know we play a part in that contribution.”

Past professional experience:

Aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corporation

Admitted to practice:

  • State of Washington
  • State of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • BS, United States Air Force Academy, 1971
  • MS, Purdue University, 1972
  • JD, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1981


  • Washington State Bar Association–Business Law section, Health Law section, and Taxation Law section
  • Oregon State Bar Association–Business section, Taxation section, Computer and Internet section, and Health Law section
  • American Bar Association–Business Law section, Taxation section and Practice Management section
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington
  • Counsel for the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington

Additional community activities:

  • Columbia River Economic Development Council–Current Board Chair and Board member
  • Empower Up!–Board member
  • Rotary International
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce–Past board member

Professional leadership/recognition:

  • Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington–Past president
  • Columbia Business Community for the Arts–Past president
  • Columbia River Economic Development Council–Former chair of the board
  • The Community Foundation Friend of the Foundation President's Award, 2005
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Bill Moore Volunteer Award, 1998


  • "The Shareholders' Agreement - a critical piece of the puzzle," Vancouver Business Journal, 1 August 2014
  • Key Considerations for Oregon Businesses Considering Relocating to Washington
  • Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements in Closely Held and Family Businesses
  • Transition Strategies for the Family-Owned Business
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Planning with Real Property

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