Attorney Sheila C. Ridgway

Practice and Experience

Sheila Ridgway has extensive experience in the litigation of trust, probate and guardianship matters. For more than 20 years, Ms. Ridgway has lead clients through complex challenges in the care of elderly family members and their estates. Ms. Ridgway is a recognized leader in the state of Washington in the practice area, serving on a special committee to guide legislators in updating TEDRA, Washington's law governing trust and estate dispute resolution. Ms. Ridgway frequently participates in educational programs for lawyers practicing in the field.

Professional Qualifications

Sheila Ridgway is licensed to practice law in the states of Washington and Oregon and is a member of the Bar Associations of both states. She is an appointed member of the TEDRA Litigation Subcommittee of the Washington State Bar Association's Real Property Probate and Trust Section and is on the Editorial Board for the Washington State Bar Association's Real Property Probate and Trust Newsletter. She frequently speaks at seminars on estate and trust litigation and probate.

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar, 1984
  • Oregon State Bar, 1987

Memberships

  • King County Bar Association
  • WSBA and KCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors, member
  • WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust Section, Executive Committee
  • KCBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Member
  • WSBA TEDRA Litigation Subcommittee, Real Property & Trust Section, Member
  • WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Newsletter, Editorial Board Member

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer® in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Seattle Met Magazine 2010 Top Lawyer
  • Martindale–Hubbell Peer Review Rated "Bar Registered of Preeminent Women Lawyers"
  • Best in Client Satisfaction Award, Seattle Magazine, 2009

Scholarly Lectures and Writings

  • WSBA Practice Primer:Estate Planning Track Three -- Probate and TEDRA, Speaker, Tedra Overview, WSBA, 2017
  • WSBA Spring Elder Law CLE: Practical Tools to Protect Vulnerable Adults, WSBA, 2018
  • The Ultimate Guide to Probate, December 19, 2016. Including ethical practice considerations and concerns in probate and probate vs. non-probate assets., Speaker, NBI.

For more information on Sheila's previous speaking engagements, click here.