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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Private Wealth Law

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McDermott Will & Emery is hailed as "the best in the business" for its leading trusts and estates practice. "Their lawyers are top-notch. They are huge; more than anything else the size of the firm and the support it offers facilitates the trusts and estates practice," states a source, enthusing: "The lawyers I have worked with are skilled and intelligent."

The firm also has a strong fiduciary litigation practice. "They handle very sophisticated matters and are a great team. They are in a league of their own," comments one interviewee. Another source enthuses: "The strategies they provide are invaluable."

Notable practitioners

Adam Sherman is described by sources as a "solid technician" who is "incredibly smart and articulate at the same time." His work includes advising on tax and estate planning, as well as assisting clients with business succession matters. "His technical expertise is very strong and he has a nice personality too," comments an interviewee.

Bobbi Bierhals is "wicked smart and very strong technically," says a source, who adds: "She is very creative." Bierhals advises clients on estate, tax and business planning. One market insider enthuses: "Her super power is precision. If you need the right answer and your life and company depend on it, you call Bobbi. She is the master of getting to the right decision and she will find you the right answer if it is out there," adding: "Her reasoning and her attention to detail are industry-leading."

Carol Harrington is hailed as the "guru of GST" by one source, another agrees: "She is an absolute expert on GST. She is the go-to authority." Harrington has an "outstanding" reputation for her wealth of knowledge and experience. A market insider states: "She is incredible. The amount of knowledge that she has and is easily able to call on about generational skipping rules is amazing and practical at the same time. She is one of the smartest people that I have ever met."

David Baker has an excellent reputation for his practice assisting fiduciaries and beneficiaries with litigation matters related to trusts and estates. "He is exceptional," enthuses a source, adding: "He is a brilliant lawyer and is very creative. He brings a lot to the table." Another interview comments: "David is outstanding," adding: "He is a very skilled litigator."

David Herpe advises business owners, wealthy families and family offices on matters related to estate and succession planning. A source says: "He is extremely well qualified and very easy to work with." One interviewee notes: "He is very cerebral, he has years of experience and has seen it all."

Elise McGee "is smart, client service oriented, and has a niche in Private Trust Companies," says a source, describing her as a "fine lawyer." McGee advises clients on tax and trust matters and can assist with the creation and management of private trust companies. "She is very technically sound," comments an interviewee.

Michael Sorrow advises high net worth clients on trusts, estates and tax issues. One source notes that "he has strong emotional intelligence which he brings to his tax expertise." Another interviewee enthuses: "He is brilliant, he is very thoughtful and has a broad range of experience. You can see the wheels turning in his mind about how to solve a problem."

Neil Kawashima "is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of estate, gift and trust planning," says a source, who continues: "His guidance and counsel is outstanding and he does it all with a great attitude, personality and work ethic." Another sources enthuses: "He has amazing judgement. He has the ability to look at the facts and recommend the most appropriate solution."

Richard Lang is an experienced and respected private client lawyer. He assists clients with succession planning and income tax planning matters.

Richard Dees is a trusted adviser to family-owned businesses and wealthy families, assisting with tax and business planning matters. "He is brilliant," enthuses a market insider, who explains: "His tax expertise is out of this world. He knows more than the IRS." One peer states: "He is an expert on one of the most complicated tax codes. I refer to his writings constantly."

William Butler is highly respected for his trusts and estates work. "He is very approachable, accessible and explains things in a way which lay people can understand," says a source. Another interviewee highlights his "strong EQ," adding: "He is a rainmaker, he has a warm personality, he's approachable and very personable. He brings all of his experience to the table."

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Private Wealth Law

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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444 West Lake Street

Chicago

Illinois

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IL 60606-0029

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Ranked Individuals

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Illinois

Private Wealth Law


Adam K. Sherman
Up and Coming
Bobbi J. Bierhals
Band 3
Carol A Harrington
Band 1
David A Baker
Band 1
David Herpe
Band 2
Elise McGee
Up and Coming

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