John Keckemet, Partner


John Keckemet grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has spent nearly 30 years practicing law in Seattle. He is a frequent speaker on probate and estate planning, making presentations to the Boeing company, Seattle Central Community College, the financial planning industry and professional seminars. He also advises and consults with nonprofit groups on planned charitable giving. John has spent the majority of his private practice advising individuals on estate and retirement planning. He has represented hundreds of fiduciaries in their capacities as trustees, personal representatives and guardians. He has also served in these roles and as a court appointed special representative in several probate matters. John has litigated many contested probate matters under the court’s trust and estate dispute resolution procedures.

John is married and lives with his wife and three children in West Seattle. He enjoys biking, skiing, photography and many other outdoor activities.


University of Washington: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Finance), 1981
University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University): Juris Doctor, 1984

Areas of Practice

  • Estate and Medicaid Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Debtor/Creditor Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to practice in all Washington Superior Courts, Courts of Appeals, and the Washington State Supreme Court.
  • United States District Court (Western) – July 26, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) – August 4, 1986
  • United States District Court (Eastern) – December 7, 1987

Admissions to Practice and Affiliations

  • Admitted to the Washington State Bar Association – 1984
  • WSBA and KCBA Guardianship and Elder Law Section Member
  • WSBA and KCBA Real Property and Probate Section Member
  • Licensed Washington Real Estate Agent since 1978 (inactive status)


Community Activities

  • Served from February of 2001 to November 2006 on the planning giving committee of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.
  • Former board member, committee member, and Vice President of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.
  • First president of the Maritime Heritage Foundation, when the maritime heritage community and the city initially began planning for the Maritime Center at South Lake Union.
  • Since 2004, John has acted as a mentor to new attorneys through the WSBA Mentoring Program.
  • WSBA Seminar Presenter from 1995-1999 on probate and estate planning at Young Lawyers Division “Bridging the Gap” seminar.
  • WSBA and KCBA Speakers Bureau member.