Terrence R. Pancoast

Terrence R. Pancoast

Senior Counsel
Portland, OR

About Terry

Terry Pancoast practices in the areas of estate planning, tax-exempt organizations, trusts, and family and closely held businesses. The clients with whom he works include high net worth individuals and families, grant-making foundations, colleges and other operating charities, trustees of trusts, and various business entities.

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Non-Profit/Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2015, 2017 and 2019; and Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2018
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Trust and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law), 2007-2020
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Estate Planning & Probate, Nonprofit Organizations), 2006-2015
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Portland
  • Member, Whitman College Planned Giving Advisory Council 


  • Member of professional advisory council steering committee of The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
  • Adjunct Professor of Law (Estate Planning; Nonprofit Organization Law) at Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Member, Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable
  • Member of steering committee of Portland Allied Professionals
  • Contributor to Advising Oregon Businesses Forms Volume (2003 revision)
  • Member of advisory council of Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University
  • Member of Exempt Organizations Committee, Taxation Section, American Bar Association
  • Chair of planned giving committee at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Civic Activities

  • Co-trustee, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
  • Board of Trustees, The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation
  • Member, Whitman College President’s Advisory Board 


  • Board of Directors and Chair, Oregon Symphony Association
  • Vestry, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
  • Sponsor, “I Have A Dream” class
  • Board of Directors and President, “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Oregon
  • Board Member and Chair, Riverdale School District
  • Board of Overseers and Vice Chair, Whitman College
  • Board of Trustees, Portland Art Museum
  • Leadership Council, Oregon Mentors
  • Board of Directors, Magna Carta in America
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Business Committee for the Arts
  • National Board of Directors and Western Region Chair, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Board of Directors and President, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette
  • Board of Directors and President, Portland Dance Theatre
  • Membership on various civic, charitable and governmental committees and task forces
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