Jenner & Block LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Jenner enters the rankings this year due to its "excellent" reputation among Illinois sources. One describes the firm as "top professionals with a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge." "They are a go-to firm in Chicago," reports another source, who adds that the firm has "really solid attorneys who can connect with clients. They are always on our list."

"They are a solid firm that can call on many resources," reports a client, adding: "They possess deep understanding of the federal and state tax implications of various trust structures. They are extremely patient when dealing with family members who do not possess the same financial sophistication, and they carefully explain things until they are understood by all parties."

Notable practitioners

Barbara Grayson advises on the preservation and transfer of wealth. She has an excellent reputation among interviewees. "Barbara is a patient, thoughtful and knowledgeable attorney. She quickly earns the trust of her clients and expertly steers them toward solutions to complex issues," says a source, who adds: "Barbara stands out with respect to her command of knowledge, her ability to think about the big picture while still focusing on the details, and her responsiveness. She also demonstrates a keen sense of business which allows her to integrate her estate planning advice with issues related to business, operations, and other areas of legal practice."

Debra Levin draws on her extensive experience to assist clients with their estate and succession planning. One pleased source says Levin is "a great lawyer - there is no question about it. She is intellectually and professionally exceptionally strong, consistently. She embodies the concept of 'the client comes first.'" Another interviewee enthuses: "Her judgement is impeccable and I would not undertake any major financial or legal decision without consulting with her first."