Bob Dayton


How I represent clients at Schwabe

I help individuals, couples, and business owners plan their estates and inter-generational transfers of assets and wealth, including all aspects of state and federal gift, estate, and income tax planning. I have earned a reputation for carefully thinking through the transfer of assets and the choice of trustees and other fiduciaries.

Flexible planning for changing times

With the changing laws and times, I recognize that adaptability is essential to successful estate-planning strategies. I am creative in using disclaimers, family agreements, and other methods to answer my clients’ needs. I help clients decide the structure and type of gifts to their children, including gifts of stock, partnerships, limited liability companies, and real estate and liquid assets. In addition, I assist clients with healthcare directives.

Creating your legacy

I often work with clients to use charitable gifts and devises for both tax and philanthropic purposes. I have helped create numerous charitable lead and remainder trusts, outright gifts, and private foundations.


  • Assisted numerous trustees and personal representatives, both individuals and corporate, in the administration of trusts and estates, including tax matters. Often, these are large estates with complex assets and issues.


  • Willamette University, College of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1968)
  • University of Miami, School of Law, Master of Laws degree, Estate Planning (1976)


  • Oregon State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Oregon
  • U.S. Tax Courts


  • Portland Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Portland Estate Planning Council, President (1987-1988)
  • Portland State University Foundation Board of Trustees, Former Member


  • American College of Trust and Estates Council, Fellow (1990-present)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates (1989-2024)
  • Super Lawyers Award, Law & Politics magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Pre-eminent rating
  • Selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers List, Estate Planning & Probate (2016-2018)

Community Activities

  • Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Foundation Board, Former Member
  • Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Leadership Cabinet at Providence Hospital, Portland, Emeritus Member

Outside Interests

The annual deer and elk hunt with family and friends is a must!

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