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Janna J. Annest

P: (206) 382-1000
F: (206) 386-7343

Assistant: Kendra Brown

Janna enjoys the constructive aspect of her adoption, estate planning, and business law practices. Janna helps form all types of families through adoption. She offers comprehensive estate planning services, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, that provide her clients with the peace of mind and security of a well-organized estate. Janna also assists businesses of all sizes with their formation and organizational needs, as well as commercial transactions and business litigation. She has been selected to the Washington Rising Stars list of outstanding lawyers each year from 2009 to 2014. Outside the office, Janna spends most of her time exploring West Seattle with her husband, daughter and son.

Practice Areas


  • University of Washington, J.D., with honors, 2003.
  •      Notes & Comments Editor, Washington Law Review, University of Washington School of Law, 2002
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude and with high honors, 2000

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Representative Work

  • Janna’s adoption practice includes all aspects of private intrastate and interstate adoptions, domestication of international adoptions, and finalization of state agency adoptions. Janna also completes step-parent, second-parent, and adult adoptions. She also represents birthparents and advises parties regarding assisted reproduction issues.
  • Janna represents major international and domestic insurance companies in coverage disputes arising from a wide variety of claims, including pollution, construction defects, asbestos, securities fraud, health insurance, real estate sales, and personal injuries. She also represents homeowners, professionals, business owners and developers in complex coverage and bad faith litigation.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of expelled member of architecture firm after obtaining summary judgment dismissal of counterclaims.
  • Obtained $5.4 million judgment for aircraft manufacturer in contract dispute against component supplier.
  • Defended members of family-owned LLC against claims for breach of contract by former member and negotiated favorable terms for removal of that member.
  • Represented industrial fabric manufacturer in arbitration of trade secret claim.
  • Obtained favorable terms of LLC dissolution on behalf of dentists seeking to withdraw from practice.
  • TORT
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress against ski boat manufacturer.
  • Defended aircraft manufacturer against wrongful death and product defect claims arising from crash.
  • Defended aerial applicator in arbitration of claim for personal injuries allegedly resulting during crop dusting operation.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for airline catering company in personal injury lawsuit arising from injury on loading dock.
  • Successfully defended home sellers against misrepresentation claim in arbitration and obtained award of attorneys’ fees.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of trespass claim on behalf of property owners after obtaining summary judgment dismissal of neighbors’ prescriptive easement counterclaim.
  • Defended utility district against property damage claim arising from water main break and recovered indemnity payment from subcontractor conducting underground bore that caused break.
  • Janna counsels individuals and families with regard to personal estate planning and prepares appropriate estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, community property agreements, and prenuptial agreements.

  • *Results in any particular case cannot predict the outcome in any other case.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law and Real Property, Probate & Trust Sections
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS)
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Adoptive Friends & Family of Greater Seattle, Board Member. 2010-Present
  • Dartmouth Alumni Club of Western Washington, President, 2005-2010
  • Dartmouth College Alumni Council, Member, 2010-2013
  • Dartmouth College Club Officers Executive Committee, 2008-2011; President, 2009-2010; Vice-President, 2008-2009
  • Studio East, Board Member, 2011-2013

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Adoption Law from Start to Finish: Attorney’s Guide,” NBI, March 2012 and September 2010
  • Panelist, “Adoption Discussion,” Northwest Now, KBTC Public Television, 2010


Background and Interests

  • Extern at Seattle School District Office of General Counsel, 2003.
  • Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team Captain, Dartmouth College, 1999.
  • In her free time, Janna enjoys exploring Seattle with her husband and children, biking, playing volleyball, digging in her garden, and trying to figure out how to incorporate more vegetables into her cooking.