Robert E. Hamilton, former Chair of the IICLE® Board of Directors,is a Partner at Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in trusts and estates. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a 2006 recipient of the Chicago Estate Planning Council’s Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award, and a 2008 recipient of IICLE®’s Addis E. Hull Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Hamilton received his B.A. cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.