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.

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.”

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

Admitted to practice:

  • State of Washington

  • State of Oregon

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


  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1981

  • M.S., Purdue University, 1972

  • B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1971

Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Washington State Bar Association

    • Business Law Section

    • Health Law Section

    • Taxation Section 

  • Oregon State Bar Association

    • Business Section

    • Taxation Section

    • Computer and Internet Section

    • Health Law Section 

  • American Bar Association

    • Business Law Section

    • Taxation Section

    • Practice Management Section 

  • Clark County Bar Association

  • Multnomah Bar Association

  • Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington, Former President

  • Counsel for the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington

Past Experience:

  • McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Aeronautical Engineer

Awards & Recognition:

  • Friend of the Foundation President's Award, The Community Foundation, 2005

  • Bill Moore Volunteer Award, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 1998

Published Articles & Presentations:

  • The Shareholders' Agreement - a critical piece of the puzzle,” Vancouver Business Journal, July 31, 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”

Community Activities:

  • Columbia River Economic Development Council

    • Board Chair

    • Board Member

  • Rotary International

  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

  • Columbia Business Community for the Arts, President