Penny Godwin

Senior Paralegal

I feel particularly blessed to do work that affords me the ‎opportunity to help our clients through difficult life ‎transitions, which often include the loss of a loved one.

How I represent clients at Schwabe

My focus is on probate and trust administration and estate tax return preparation. I am passionate about this area of law and enjoy aspects of the work that others might not find as gratifying as I do. I have worked in this area of law for over 35 years with 28 of those years at Schwabe.


  • Expertise in preparing federal and state estate tax returns.
  • Expertise in Oregon, Washington, and California trust administration.
  • Expertise in Oregon and Washington probate matters.
  • Skilled in drafting estate planning documents.


  • Portland Community College, General Studies
  • Marylhurst University, Online Studies Program
  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Active 1978-1984, Inactive 1984-1990‎


American Mensa, Ltd. (1997-present)

Outside Interests

I love to spend my time raising my beautiful girls to be compassionate, curious, and independent young women, being a constant learner with a focus on physics, neuro-divergence, and earth sciences, and being out in the natural world as much as possible.

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