Education

  • 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 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 tax situations down into manageable pieces, with achievable outcomes.

Specializing in jurisdictional tax consulting, Ms. Sasaki works closely with 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 is the immediate past chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Business Law Section.

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.