Heather L. Guthrie


Heather Guthrie is a partner at Dunn Carney who focuses on estate planning and administration. She leads the firm’s Estate Planning and Administration Team, and also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Heather’s practice includes developing comprehensive plans for estates of all sizes, with an emphasis on legacy-building for families and individuals using complex tax-planning strategies. Heather also assists clients in establishing and administering guardianships and conservatorships, and through probate and post-mortem trust administration.

Heather prides herself on building close connections with her clients and structuring estate plans that reflect each client’s unique values and goals.

Active in the community outside her law practice, Heather serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, as Board Chair 2018-2019, and for the Portland Estate Planning Council. She can communicate reasonably well in Spanish and French.

When not working, Heather can be found courtside at her teenage daughter’s volleyball games or “glamping” in an Airstream trailer in the woods with her family (husband Gil, daughter Ellie, and Labrador Retrievers Zeus and Thor).


Oregon, 2000

Washington, 2000


Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 1999; Environmental Law Review, Form and Style Editor, 1998-1999

Portland State University, 1995

Professional Affiliations

Oregon State Bar, Member

Washington State Bar, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section, Member

Multnomah Bar Association, Member

Honors & Recognition

Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2018-present

Community Organizations

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Planned Giving Committee, 2007 – 2012; Board of Directors, 2014- present; Board Chair-Elect, 2017-18 fiscal year; Planned Giving Advisory Council, Chair, 2014-2018

Portland Estate Planning Council, Member at Large of the Board of Directors, 2017-present

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Member of the Planned Giving Committee, 2012-present


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