Trust and Estates Attorney Johanna M. Coolbaugh Trust and Estates Attorney Johanna M. Coolbaugh

Johanna M. Coolbaugh, Shareholder

DIRECT: 206-224-8069



Johanna Coolbaugh’s practice focuses on estate planning for a broad range of clients, from young professionals to high-net-worth individuals and families who need sophisticated estate and business succession planning. Johanna has significant experience in probate and post-mortem trust administration in taxable estates.

In addition to her probate and estate planning practice, Johanna advises individual and professional fiduciaries in their roles as trustees, executors, and attorneys-in-fact regarding TEDRA matters as well as complex trust and estate litigation. Johanna also counsels clients regarding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Presentations & Publications

  • Speaker, “Probate Administration: Accountings,” KCBA CLE, (2020 and 2021)
  • Speaker, “WSBA Practice Primary: Estate Planning Track Two – Trusts,” WSBA CLE (2017)

Awards & Unique Recognition

  • Named Washington’s Super Lawyer, 2013-2023, consecutively.


Outside of the office Johanna enjoys attending Husky football games, camping, and spending time with her young children and husband. Johanna is passionate about environmental justice and is a former volunteer board member with EarthCorps.

  • J.D., summa cum laude, Seattle University School of Law
    • Law Review, Executive Editor
    • Dean’s List, Presidential Law Scholar
    • Year-End Achievement Scholar
    • Civil Procedure Teacher’s Assistant
    • CALI Award achieved in Constitutional Law and Trusts and Estates
    • Extern, Honorable Robert J. Bryan, Federal District Court, Western District of Washington
  • B.A., University of Washington
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Annual Dean’s List
    • Washington Promise Scholar
    • Golden Key International Honor Society UWA Member

  • Washington State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • First responder Will Clinic Volunteer
    • Estate & Gift Tax Committee
  • King County Bar Association
    • Board of Trustees Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2008-2011
    • Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 2010-2011
  • Federal Bar Association
  • YWCA Emergency Housing Shelter, KTC Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Seattle Estate Planning Council
    • Chair, Annual Estate Planning Conference (2022)