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Robert S. Held, a partner at Harrison & Held, LLP, is a litigator who represents corporate and individual fiduciaries – as well as beneficiaries – in complex estate and trust disputes. Rob’s published articles include “Temporary Guardians Are Not Always Temporary,” an article published by the Illinois State Bar Association which concerns an appellate court’s failure to exercise jurisdiction over guardians who are appointed temporarily but who serve substantially longer than the statutory limit of 120-days. Mr. Held is a board member for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and is the Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Taxation Committee. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his M.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University, and his J.D. from DePaul University.
Emily J. Kuo is a Partner with Harrison LLP in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. Ms. Kuo received her B.S. with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
John C. Luchristt is an associate at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on trusts and estates. He is a member of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.B.A. from American University Kogol School of Business, and his J.D. cum laude from American University Washington College of Law.
Shawn M. McCullough is an associate at Harrison & Held, LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business succession. He is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. McCullough received his B.S. from Indiana University and his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Edward M. Tjaden is an associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, in St. Louis, where he focuses his practice on estate planning and fiduciary litigation. Mr. Tjaden is a member of the Illinois, Missouri, and American Bar Associations. He received his J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Washington University School of Law and his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.
Rebecca Wallenfelsz is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, in the Trusts and Estates Department. She has extensive experience representing individuals and institutions in estate planning and trust and estate matters. She is an active speaker and writer for IICLE®, the Chicago Bar Association, and other professional organizations. In 2011, she was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” list of outstanding lawyers. In 2012, she was elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She serves as the firm’s Co-Pro Bono Partner and manages the volunteer efforts of Chapman attorneys.
H. Randolph Williams is a Partner at Williams & Baerson, LLC, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on estate planning and tax. Mr. Williams is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University and his LL.M. from New York University.
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