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Akane Suzuki’s Journey of 5,000 Miles

A fascination with far-flung lands and languages brought the international-estate planning attorney from Japan to the U.S. at 16

Who could have guessed that a case of sibling rivalry would help spark a life-altering journey to the Northwest? Akane R. Suzuki was 8 years old, living in rural Akita Prefecture in Japan in the late ’70s, when her older brother, a seventh-grader, started bragging about his proficiency in English. “He would pretend to know far more than he actually did,” recalls Suzuki, whose skill in the language—and fascination with the U.S.—has long since surpassed her brother’s. Now an owner at …

The Right Ingredients

Family lawyer Marijean Moschetto’s recipe for success: empathy, diligence and experience

In Marijean Moschetto’s world, three passions—family law, psychology and baking—happen to intersect. The one she’s worked at the longest—if you count Girl Scouts—is baking.  “Master baker” is closer to the mark, friends say, pointing out that Moschetto’s devotion to creating blissful sweets speaks to her performance as a family law attorney. Cooking tolerates improvisation. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Baking, on the other hand, is more precise. To get the …

The Memorable Estate Attorney

Mary White’s signature orange briefcase isn’t the only reason people remember her

“Let’s pretend you died.” Not the warmest opener, perhaps, but in the case of estate planning attorney Mary White, it can be effective in getting a client’s attention. A sole practitioner in Menlo Park for two decades, White operates out of an office on Sand Hill Road, an address notable for its concentration of venture capitalists. Many of them are her clients. Average net worth: $10 million to $50 million. White keeps a sofa in her office to help put clients at ease as they discuss …

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