Lisa E. Schaures

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090


LLM in Taxation, University of Washington School of Law, 2006
JD, University of Oregon, 2005
BA, Washington State University, 2000


Business and Corporate, Corporate Formation and Governance, Employee Benefits, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Finance, Tax, and Tax Planning


Lisa Schaures guides businesses, social ventures and nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest through everyday general counsel matters, quandaries and major life cycle events. In more than 10 years of practice, she has helped clients through starting up, governance structuring, purchases, mergers, conversions, conflicts of interests, complex tax concerns, contract negotiations and
expansion growing pains.

Lisa's leadership and work with different practice areas allows her to pull together the right team to bring major transactions and negotiations over the finish line with a focus on her client's important goals and relationships. As an everyday partner with growing businesses and nonprofits, she handles contract, governance, conflict of interest, tax, expansion and other general counsel matters effectively and with sensitivity to each client's uniqueness.


"Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for Closely Held Businesses," author, blog post on Stokes Law Briefs (July 28, 2014)

"Family Business Succession Planning," author, blog post on Stokes Law Briefs (June 18, 2014)

"Sweat Equity and Entity Choices," author, blog post on Stokes Law Briefs (May 28, 2014)

"Prevent Private Foundation Self-Dealing," author, blog post on Stokes Law Briefs(February 19, 2014)

"Fulfilling Your Heart's Desire: Basic Steps to Successful Service on a Charity Board," author, blog post on Stokes Law Briefs (February 12, 2014)

"Joining a Charity Board Can Fulfill Your Heart's Desire - or Crush It," author, blog post on Stokes Law Briefs (February 3, 2014)

"Self-Dealing: Classic Trouble for Private Foundations," author, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (November 2013)