• University of Washington
  • School of Law (L.L. M., Taxation, 2002)
  • University of Oregon
  • School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • Tulane University
  • (B.A., 1998, magna cum laude)

Valerie Sasaki is an energetic and talented estate planning, tax, and business attorney. Her passion for adding value to her clients’ businesses and having an immediate, positive influence shines through in her work. When working with individual clients, she strives to improve their lives; she breaks complex situations down into manageable pieces, with achievable outcomes.

Ms. Sasaki works closely with high net worth individuals and companies involved in complex audits before the Oregon or Washington Departments of Revenue. She also works with business owners on tax, business, and estate planning issues in Oregon or Southwest Washington.

Representing clients in federal and state tax settlement negotiations, as well as voluntary disclosure agreements, Valerie Sasaki is sought after for her deep understanding of tax law. She has also worked on matters regarding tax due diligence and tax controversy. She has also reviewed private equity funds for legal sufficiency as part of due diligence for foundation investments.

Ms. Sasaki is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. She has served as chair of the Portland Tax Forum, and the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section. In 2020 she served as the immediate past chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Business Law Section. In 2022, the Oregon State Bar appointed her to serve as a commisioner of the Oregon Law Commision.

Experienced and recognized by her peers.

Ms. Sasaki chairs the Taxation practice at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sasaki worked with KPMG LLP as a State and Local Tax Manager and was an attorney with Portland-based Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, working in their Tax and Business Practice Groups. She earned a B.A. from Tulane University; a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. She has been repeatedly recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star and was named a 2011 Up and Coming Lawyer in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Having grown up in Lake Oswego, Ms. Sasaki is passionate about giving back to her local community. She is especially committed to mentoring today’s bright young minds. She has served as a volunteer board member and executive committee for Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

In her spare time, Ms. Sasaki teaches the partnership taxation course at Portland State University’s Masters of Tax Program. She has taught Estate Planning, Federal Income Taxation, and State and Local Tax as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and Portland Community College. Most recently, she taught at Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law. She also enjoys travelling to places off the beaten path.

Professional Affiliations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Utah State Bar
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Oregon Law Commision, Commisioner
  • Oregon State Bar Taxation Section, Chair 2010
  • Oregon State Bar Business Law Section, previous Treasurer, Secretary 2015
  • Oregon State Bar Tax Institute Planning Committee (2006-2011)
  • Portland Tax Forum, Chair elect (2012-2015); Executive Committee Member, 2010-Present
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Founding Member
  • United States District of Oregon Courts
  • United States Western District of Washington Courts
  • United States Tax Court
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, Board Leadership Training Graduate, 2008

Speaking & Writing

  • Contributing author, Administering Trusts in Oregon, 2018 Edition
  • 50 Tips for Advising Businesses with 50 or Fewer Employees
  • Multistate Update
  • Nexus Trends and Emerging Gross Receipts Taxes
  • Multistate Taxation
  • IP/Computer Tax Issues: The Next Generation
  • Public Law 86-272: A Primer, Part I, Co-authored with Gary Holcomb, Tax Section Newsletter
  • Public Law 86-272: A Primer, Part II, Tax Section Newsletter
  • Minimizing Sales Taxes for the Speculative Building in Washington, Pacific Northwest Tax Wire
  • Keeping Confidences: Limitations of Accountant-Client Privilege, Pacific Northwest Tax Wire


  • Jurisdictional tax counsel and consulting
  • Estate planning
  • Working with midsize and large companies with a multi-jurisdictional footprint
  • Counseling regional and national companies involved in audits before the Oregon or Washington Departments of Revenue
  • Working with business owners on tax or planning issues for Oregon or Southwest Washington

Community Involvement

  • Member, Japanese Garden Foundation Board (2020-Present)
  • Member, Tigard Public Safety Advisory Board (2020-2022)
  • Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Volunteer Board Member (2011-Present)
    • Executive Committee Member (2015-Present)
  • Portland Taiko, Volunteer Board Member (2009-2011)
  • CASH Oregon, Volunteer Tax Preparation (2012)
  • Minds Matter, Volunteer Mentor (2008-2011)
  • Japan America Society of Oregon, Member

Awards & Honors

  • Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer (2020)
  • Oregon Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2010-2016)
  • Up and Coming Lawyer, Daily Journal of Commerce (2011)
  • Mentor of the Year, Taxation Section, Oregon State Bar (2011)
  • Alumni Profile, Oregon Lawyer