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)

An energetic and talented tax and business attorney, Valerie is passionate about adding value to her clients’ businesses and having an immediate, positive influence. When working with individual clients, she strives to improve their lives by taking complex tax situations and breaking them into manageable pieces with achievable outcomes.

Ms. Sasaki specializes in jurisdictional tax consulting, working closely with Fortune 50 companies involved in 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.

Ms. Sasaki has represented clients in federal and state tax settlement negotiations, voluntary disclosure agreements, tax due diligence and tax controversy. She has also reviewed private equity funds for legal sufficiency as part of due diligence for foundation investments.

A “Big-4” accounting alumna who worked as a State and Local Tax Manager for KPMG LLP, Ms. Sasaki is also a past chair and current member of the Portland Tax Forum, and current member of the Executive Committee, as well as an IRS and Oregon Tax Revenue Liaison Committee member. She was the previous Treasurer of the Business Law section of the Oregon State Bar. In 2015, she was elected Secretary of the section.

After growing 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, and serves as a volunteer board member and executive committee for Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington. In the spring term of 2009, Ms. Sasaki taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, a passion she has continued at Portland Community College, and most recently Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law.

Prior to joining Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, Ms. Sasaki 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 Taxation Laws from the University of Washington School of Law.

She has been recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star for the last five years, and was named a 2011 Up and Coming Lawyer in the Daily Journal of Commerce.