Joe Higgins is an associate in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Joe counsels owners of closely-held businesses, principals of private equity and venture capital funds, individuals and their families and family offices in connection with tax-efficient wealth transfers, charitable giving, multi-generational planning and business succession planning. Joe’s practice includes advising fiduciaries with regard to the administration of complex and substantial estates and trusts. He also regularly assists clients with the formation and ongoing administration of charitable entities.


Thought Leadership


"Tricky GST Issues," Bloomberg BNA (March 9, 2017)

Contributor, "Year in Review," Trust & Estates Magazine (2016)

Contributor, "The Complete Estate Planning Sourcebook," Wolters Kluwer

"Monthly Tax Law Update," Hennepin County Bar Association (2013)


Greater North Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council (2018)

Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute (2017)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, The Young Professional Advisory Committee of the Chicago Community Trust

Member, New Practitioners Committee of Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts & Estates Magazine


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Florida
  • 2013Minnesota
  • 2015Illinois


  • University of Wisconsin Law SchoolJ.D.2012
  • Carthage CollegeAccounting2009