Our Team

    Our Team

  • Cynthia S. Worth

    President

  • John A. Clees

    Attorney

  • J. Michael Morgan

    Attorney

  • Nicholas M. Illario

    Attorney

  • Andrea Neilsen

    Andrea Nielsen

    Paralegal

Cynthia S. Worth

President

Building a Premium Practice

Tacoma native Cynthia S. Worth founded Worth Law Group in 1998 after obtaining her master’s degree in taxation. Currently serving as the firm’s principal, Cynthia has grown the practice through a mix of her own tenacity and the formation and collaboration of a diverse, accomplished group of attorneys. From estate planning and probate to business succession and taxation, every client’s situation is unique and deserves, in Cynthia’s eyes, a highly customized plan to achieve success. Her unique formula has not only permeated throughout the practice but has also earned her and the firm exclusivity in the industry. Over the years, Cynthia has become recognized as the authority on estate and tax law and frequently speaks in ongoing legal education programs for certified public accountants, financial planners, the Washington State Bar Association, and others.

When Cynthia isn’t building the practice, she enjoys spending time on her 13-acre farm, where she raises beef cattle, timber, and horses.

Education:

  • Gonzaga University, B.A. Business Administration, 1993
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of Washington, LL.M. in Taxation, 1997

Professional Associations:

  • Washington State Bar Association—Tax Section
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Washington Women Lawyers
    • Chapter Member of the Year, 2004
    • State board representative, 1999-2001
    • Olympia chapter, 2001-2004

Community Involvement:

  • St. Martin’s Board of Trustees
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation Board
  • Thurston County Roundtable
  • Tumwater Citizens for Better Education, President 2014-2015
  • South Puget Estate Planning Council, president, 2003
  • Thurston County 4-H Leader

Admissions:

  • Washington State Bar Association, 1996
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John Clees

John A. Clees

Attorney

Estate Planning Made Easy

Estate planning is a complex legal matter that hinges on a lawyer’s ability to understand and care for the needs of a family’s personal affairs. This is Olympia native John Clees’s mantra. With more than 30 years of experience in estate planning and tax law, John’s devotion to work is comparable to the virtues of a loving parent—candid, trustworthy and always keeps your best interest in mind. Whether you’re struggling with an estate dispute or you’re just overwhelmed by the complexities of tax law, John communicates at your level and acts as your personal legal coach, a role he’s comfortable with after two decades of managing fast-pitch softball at Capital High School. John, a CPA and former business owner, has also served as an expert witness for litigation’s involving accounting malpractice and illegal business transactions.

When John isn’t offering long-term estate planning solutions, he can be found jet skiing in the Puget Sound with his wife or trail hiking in Palm Desert, California.

Education:

  • JD, University of Washington Law School
  • BA, Economics, University of Washington

Bar admission:

  • Washington State, 1973

Community involvement:

  • Chair, Olympia Rotary Foundation
  • Immediate past chair, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
  • Thurston County Roundtable
  • Tronie Foundation
  • Past chair, Providence St. Peter Foundation
  • Community board member, Providence Hospital
  • Founder and initial board chair, TOGETHER
  • South Puget Sound Community College Foundation
  • Olympia Downtown Association
  • Board member, Heritage Financial Corporation
  • Board member, Heritage Bank (Olympia’s only publicly owned company)

 

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J Michael Morgan

J. Michael Morgan

Attorney

Effective Dispute Resolution

Since 1988, J. Michael Morgan has prosecuted and defended civil litigation in nearly every county in Washington State and in the Federal Court for the Western District of Washington.  He served as in-house trial counsel for Safeco Insurance Company from 1999 to 2005 where he defended cases involving serious injury or death, property damage, construction defects, professional malpractice, and a variety of other tort claims.  Currently, Michael focuses on dispute resolution and litigation.  He has extensive experience in resolving trust and estate disputes, will contests, and contested guardianship matters.  From mediation to trial and appeal, Michael has the track record and creativity required to effectively resolve disputes in a cost-efficient and timely manner and to achieve the best possible trial results when necessary.

Education:

  • Seattle University, B.S. 1980
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1988

Professional Associations:

  • Washington State Bar Association

Admissions:

  • Washington, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1989
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1989
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Nicholas M. Illario

Attorney

Nicholas M. Illario works closely with clients throughout western Washington to build practical and efficient plans that address tax efficiency, asset protection, business succession, intellectual property protection, and estate planning.  With a Master’s of Law in Taxation combined with a Master’s of Law in Intellectual Property, Nick has the educational background and real-world experience needed to develop highly customized and innovative solutions to his clients’ needs while recognizing potential tax ramifications and opportunities.

 

Throughout law school and his LL.M. programs, Nick volunteered with the IRS VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, bringing tax assistance to individuals in Arizona, Washington, and Alaska.  Recently Nick has been volunteering with CHEW, a canine health education and welfare organization based out of Gig Harbor, helping dogs find their “forever homes”.  In his free time Nick enjoys camping, hiking, riding his motorcycle and San Francisco Giants baseball.

 

Education

Arizona State University, B.S. Biochemistry, 2011

Arizona Summit Law School, J.D., 2014

University of Washington, LL.M. in Taxation, 2016

University of Washington, LL.M. in Intellectual Property, 2016

 

Professional Memberships

Washington State Bar Association—Taxation and Intellectual Property Sections

American Bar Association—Taxation, Business Law, Intellectual Property, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Sections

Thurston County Bar Association—Young Lawyers Section

California State Bar Association—Taxation Section

 

Admissions

Washington State Bar, 2015

California State Bar, 2016

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Andrea Neilsen

Andrea Nielsen

Paralegal

Andrea Nielsen is a paralegal and has been with Worth Law Group for about two years.

Andrea grew up in Eastern Washington and graduated from Washington State University.

After graduation, she worked as a paralegal for nine years, and her work included medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Andrea excels in facing the challenges of litigation work, guardianships and preparing cases for trial.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. Her interests include competing on her event horse and baking.

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