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Mark D. Anderson is a Partner in Coman & Anderson, P.C., in Lisle, where he concentrates his practice in federal taxation, estate planning, and corporate law. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, having served as Chair of the Federal Taxation Committee in 1998 – 1999, and the American Bar Association, serving as a member of the Section of Taxation. Mr. Anderson received his B.A. from Illinois State University, his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center
Jeffrey M. Bergman is a trust counsel for Charles Schwab Bank, in Chicago, where he concentrates on trust administration and taxation. Mr. Bergman is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Mr. Bergman received his B.A. with honors from Grinnell College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Lucy D. Bickford is a member of the Private Clients, Trusts, and Estates Group at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago. She counsels clients on lifetime gift and estate planning, estate administration and contested trust and estate matters, and charitable planning. Ms. Bickford received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. She serves on the Board of Directors of HealthConnect One and is a member of the Chicago Community Trust Young Professional Advisory Committee. Additionally, Ms. Bickford is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Association.
Kathleen Eggers Buchar is Senior Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel at The Northern Trust Company’s Chicago office and is a member of its Trust Counsel Practice Group. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, and is speaker on trusts and estate topics for IICLE, the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and the CBA. She received her B.S. magna cum laude from Truman State University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Jamie L. Burns is Senior Counsel with Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice on commercial litigation. Ms. Burns has been named an Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network and is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. Prior to joining Levenfeld Pearlstein, Ms. Burns served as outside counsel to a large national bank. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Eastern Illinois University and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.
Theodore E. Froum currently practices with Froum & Garlovsky, LLC, which is based in Chicago and Evanston. Mr. Froum concentrates his practice in estate and tax planning, as well as probate estate, guardianship, and trust administration. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University, his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and his LL.M. in tax law from New York University. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Florida, and Michigan. Mr. Froum is a frequent speaker and has presented at IICLE® continuing legal education programs, the Chicago Bar Association, an American Immigration Lawyers Association conference, and other professional and educational venues. His topics have included estate and tax planning for individuals with ties to several countries, asset protection, the U.S. estate and gift tax system, and basic estate planning.
Margot Gordon serves as Of Counsel at the Monahan Law Group, LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning and administration. Ms. Gordon has repeatedly been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and was named a Top Lawyer in estate planning by The Legal Network. She received her B.A. from the University of California-San Diego, a certificate in estate planning from an LL.M. program on tax from The John Marshall Law School, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Kim Kamin is the Principal and Chief Wealth Strategist Member at Gresham Partners, LLC, in Chicago. She leads the development and implementation of estate, wealth transfer, philanthropic, educational, and fiduciary planning activities. Ms. Kamin is a Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts and Estates Magazine, is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she was awarded the William M. Trumbull Lectureship, and is Past President of the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Ms. Kamin received her B.A. with distinction and departmental honors from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Stuart J. Kohn is a Partner and leads the Trusts & Estates Group at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago. He concentrates his practice in estate, gift, and income tax planning and business succession planning matters and has significant experience in complex estate and trust administration matters. He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a Past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Trust Law Committee and served as President and former member of the board of directors of the Greater North Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council. He is a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations. In 2009, 2016, and 2017, he was named as a Leading Lawyer, in addition to being an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2007 – 2019. Mr. Kohn received his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
James M. Lestikow is a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, in Springfield, where he concentrates his practice in estate planning, business transactions, and commercial real estate. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has served on its Asset Protection Committee. He is the Vice Chair and a member of the Board of Directors of IICLE®. He is also a member of the American, Illinois State, and Sangamon County Bar Associations and the standing Advisory Committee to IICLE® for estate planning programming and publications. Mr. Lestikow received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Janet Rae Montgomery is Of Counsel at Nisen & Elliott, LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning and administration. Ms. Montgomery is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, is Past Chair of the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee, and is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and member and Past President of the DuPage County Estate Planning Council. Ms. Montgomery completed her undergraduate work at the University of Southern California and at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, earned her B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from USC, and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review.
James E. Morgan is an attorney with Howard & Howard, in Chicago, where he focuses on creditors’ rights, helping clients navigate all legal issues raised by financially distressed companies. Mr. Morgan is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. He served for many years as an Associate Editor of Litigation News (an ABA Section of Litigation publication). While in law school, he served as Assistant Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Mr. Morgan was also an adjunct instructor of appellate advocacy at Ohio State University College of Law. Mr. Morgan received his B.S. with high distinction and departmental honors from Indiana University and his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.
RonaldSchreiberisa PartnerintheChicago officeofSeyfarthShawLLPand concentrateshispracticeintrusts and estates. Mr. Schreiberalsohas extensiveexperiencewithbusinesssuccession planning,planningfordisability, charitable planning,generation-skippingtaxplanning,prenuptial agreements, andguardianships for adults with disabilities and minors.He has been chosen as a Leading Lawyer and isamember ofthe Chicago Estate Planning Council and the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. Mr.SchreiberreceivedhisB.A.magna cumlaudefromQueensCollegeof theCityUniversityof NewYorkandhisJ.D.fromtheUniversity ofChicagoLawSchool.
Elizabeth B. Vandesteegis a Partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates in restructuring. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, theInternational Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Ms. Vandesteeg received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.
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