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High Net Worth Guide 2022

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Provided by David A Handler

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David A. Handler is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He concentrates his practice on trust and estate planning and administration, representing owners of closely-held businesses, family offices, principals of private equity and venture capital funds, individuals and families of significant wealth, and establishing and administering private foundations and other charitable organizations.

David is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and a member of the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame as an Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished). He is the creator or co-creator of the “HEET trust,” the “RPM Trust” and the “Guaranteed GRAT,” among other innovations. David is also a member of the professional advisory committees of several nonprofit organizations, including the Chicago Community Trust, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Goodman Theatre, WTTW11/98.7WFMT (Chicago public broadcasting stations) and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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Private Wealth Law: Central Region - USA
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David Handler is hugely well regarded by other trust and estate attorneys. One source says: "He is so talented. He is very knowledgeable, strategic and delightful to work with." Another interviewee notes: "David is superb. He has a phenomenal reputation. He is super creative and innovative in his approach to matters." A market commentator says: "David is a terrific lawyer; he's an absolute first-rate practitioner. He is very good with clients and has a tremendous amount of knowledge."


Private Wealth Law - Illinois
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David Handler "is outstanding," says a source, adding: "He is at the top of my list of trust and estate attorneys. He is wonderful with clients, very knowledgeable and also extremely pragmatic," states a market commentator. Handler is respected for his work and expertise in the field.


Family Offices & Funds Structuring - USA
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David Handler is acknowledged as one of the leading trust and estate practitioners nationwide. He has a wealth of experience advising family offices, principals of private equity and venture capital funds, and privately owned enterprises on an impressive range of complex structuring matters. "David is a real thought leader in this area," says a fellow attorney.

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