JANNA J. ANNEST

JANNA J. ANNEST

About Janna

Email: janna@lka-legal.com

Janna Annest - Lirhus Keckemet AnnestLike my parents and grandparents, I’m a Seattle native. I graduated cum laude and with high honors from Dartmouth College in 2000, where I captained the women’s volleyball team and was a visiting student at Oxford University. I received my J.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003 and served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Washington Law Review. I spent the first 16 years of my career at Mills Meyers Swartling, P.S., where I gained significant litigation experience representing large and small businesses in a variety of contract, insurance, product liability, and real property matters.

After adopting my daughter in 2008, I began building my family formation practice. Adoption, assisted reproduction, estate planning, and probate matters filled an increasingly large percentage of my time. In 2015, I became a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and in 2019, I joined the experienced adoption and estate planning team of Albert Lirhus and John Keckemet.

My practice includes all aspects of adoption, including complex situations involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), interstate placements requiring compliance with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), step-parent, second-parent (and even third-parent) adoptions, contested adoptions, and finalization of international and domestic agency adoptions. I frequently consult with parents hoping to adopt their foster child from the Department of Children, Youth and Families. I also represents birthparents who have placed or are considering placing a child for adoption.

I particularly enjoy advising people in the earliest stages of expending their families and helping them understand how many options are available. In addition to adoption, the 2019 revisions to the Uniform Parentage Act in Washington opened new possibilities for couples or individuals pursuing assisted reproductive technologies (ARTS). I prepare surrogacy contracts, egg and sperm donation agreements, and embryo donation contracts that satisfy the specific requirements of Washington law, and help intended mothers and fathers obtain pre-birth orders confirming their parentage.

The arrival of a child often prompts parents to complete their estate planning. I prepare the documents necessary to ensure that their loved ones will be well-cared for if they were gone. Usually, those documents include wills, powers of attorney, health care directives (living wills), and sometimes trusts or community property agreements. If a loved one does pass away, I guide clients through probate—the process of transferring titles, distributing assets, and resolving debts.

With my litigation background and experience as an adoptive parent, I bring a strategic and compassionate approach to all my cases. I understand the anxiety and intensity of becoming a parent unconventionally, and also recognize that planning for your own death or incapacity can be unsettling. I help clients navigate both the practical and emotional aspects of these occasions.

University of Washington, J.D., with Honors, 2003

Dartmouth College, B.A., Cum Laude and with High Honors, 2000

Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Fellow, 2015-present

  • Annual Conference Co-Chair, 2019
  • Newsletter Co-Editor, 2016-2018

Beating the Odds, Founding Member

King County Bar Association

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA) of Seattle

Washington State Bar Association

Washington Law Review, 2002-03

World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) Board Member, 2015-2019, Board Chair, 2017-2019

Adoptive Friends & Family of Greater Seattle, Board Member, 2010-2017

Studio East, Board Member, 2011-2013

Dartmouth College Alumni Council, Member, 2010-2013

Dartmouth Alumni Club of Western Washington, President, 2005-2010

Dartmouth College Club Officers Executive Committee, 2008-2011; President, 2009-2010

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Adoption (2020)

Contributor, “Washington Civil Discovery,” LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2013

Contributor, Adoptive Families Magazine:

  • Hiring Your Adoption Professional. Summer 2013
  • Building “Nontraditional” Families. March-April 2012
  • Before the Adoption: Connecting with Expectant Mothers. October 2011
  • Finally Final. August, 2011.
  • Adoption Leave: Your Legal Rights. February 2011
  • What is the adoption tax credit? Am I eligible? December 2010
  • How do I find my U.S. adoption team? October 2010
  • Is open adoption right for my family? April 2010
  • How should parents budget for a domestic adoption? August 2010
  • How does the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children affect domestic private adoptions? January/February 2010

Only the News That’s Fit to Print: The Effect of Hazelwood on the First Amendment Viewpoint-Neutrality Requirement in Public School-Sponsored Forums, Washington Law Review, Vol. 77 No. 4 (2002)

Super Lawyers Thomson Reuters, 2020

Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2018

Dartmouth College Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award, 2014

About Janna

Email: janna@lka-legal.com

Janna Annest - Lirhus Keckemet AnnestLike my parents and grandparents, I’m a Seattle native. I graduated cum laude and with high honors from Dartmouth College in 2000, where I captained the women’s volleyball team and was a visiting student at Oxford University. I received my J.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003 and served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Washington Law Review. I spent the first 16 years of my career at Mills Meyers Swartling, P.S., where I gained significant litigation experience representing large and small businesses in a variety of contract, insurance, product liability, and real property matters.

After adopting my daughter in 2008, I began building my family formation practice. Adoption, assisted reproduction, estate planning, and probate matters filled an increasingly large percentage of my time. In 2015, I became a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and in 2019, I joined the experienced adoption and estate planning team of Albert Lirhus and John Keckemet.

My practice includes all aspects of adoption, including complex situations involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), interstate placements requiring compliance with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), step-parent, second-parent (and even third-parent) adoptions, contested adoptions, and finalization of international and domestic agency adoptions. I frequently consult with parents hoping to adopt their foster child from the Department of Children, Youth and Families. I also represents birthparents who have placed or are considering placing a child for adoption.

I particularly enjoy advising people in the earliest stages of expending their families and helping them understand how many options are available. In addition to adoption, the 2019 revisions to the Uniform Parentage Act in Washington opened new possibilities for couples or individuals pursuing assisted reproductive technologies (ARTS). I prepare surrogacy contracts, egg and sperm donation agreements, and embryo donation contracts that satisfy the specific requirements of Washington law, and help intended mothers and fathers obtain pre-birth orders confirming their parentage.

The arrival of a child often prompts parents to complete their estate planning. I prepare the documents necessary to ensure that their loved ones will be well-cared for if they were gone. Usually, those documents include wills, powers of attorney, health care directives (living wills), and sometimes trusts or community property agreements. If a loved one does pass away, I guide clients through probate—the process of transferring titles, distributing assets, and resolving debts.

With my litigation background and experience as an adoptive parent, I bring a strategic and compassionate approach to all my cases. I understand the anxiety and intensity of becoming a parent unconventionally, and also recognize that planning for your own death or incapacity can be unsettling. I help clients navigate both the practical and emotional aspects of these occasions.

University of Washington, J.D., with Honors, 2003

Dartmouth College, B.A., Cum Laude and with High Honors, 2000

Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Fellow, 2015-present

  • Annual Conference Co-Chair, 2019
  • Newsletter Co-Editor, 2016-2018

Beating the Odds, Founding Member

King County Bar Association

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA) of Seattle

Washington State Bar Association

Washington Law Review, 2002-03

World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) Board Member, 2015-2019, Board Chair, 2017-2019

Adoptive Friends & Family of Greater Seattle, Board Member, 2010-2017

Studio East, Board Member, 2011-2013

Dartmouth College Alumni Council, Member, 2010-2013

Dartmouth Alumni Club of Western Washington, President, 2005-2010

Dartmouth College Club Officers Executive Committee, 2008-2011; President, 2009-2010

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Adoption (2020)

Contributor, “Washington Civil Discovery,” LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2013

Contributor, Adoptive Families Magazine:

  • Hiring Your Adoption Professional. Summer 2013
  • Building “Nontraditional” Families. March-April 2012
  • Before the Adoption: Connecting with Expectant Mothers. October 2011
  • Finally Final. August, 2011.
  • Adoption Leave: Your Legal Rights. February 2011
  • What is the adoption tax credit? Am I eligible? December 2010
  • How do I find my U.S. adoption team? October 2010
  • Is open adoption right for my family? April 2010
  • How should parents budget for a domestic adoption? August 2010
  • How does the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children affect domestic private adoptions? January/February 2010

Only the News That’s Fit to Print: The Effect of Hazelwood on the First Amendment Viewpoint-Neutrality Requirement in Public School-Sponsored Forums, Washington Law Review, Vol. 77 No. 4 (2002)

Super Lawyers Thomson Reuters, 2020

Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2018

Dartmouth College Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award, 2014