Fred Weber is of counsel in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Fred’s practice primarily focuses on representing individual and professional fiduciaries on post-death administration matters along with helping individuals and families to better prepare for post-death administration well before a death actually occurs.

Prior to returning to private law practice, Fred spent 18 years working as a professional fiduciary, first at the JPMorgan Private Bank and most recently with Northern Trust Wealth Management. As a professional fiduciary, Fred focused primarily on guiding families, beneficiaries and co-fiduciaries through the process of post-death administration of estates and trusts. In addition to his work as a professional fiduciary, he has worked in planned giving and charitable bequest administration for a large public charity. 


Thought Leadership


Contributor, “Tangible or Intangible?” Heritage Auctions Journal for Trusts and Estates Advisors, Winter 2023

Co-Author, “Estate Planning: Keeping Up-to-Date With Digital Responsibilities,” Trusts & Estates, April 2021

Co-Author, “A Win-Win Situation: Charitable Beneficiaries Partnering with Corporate Fiduciaries,” Northern Trust, October 2020

Contributor, “Heirlooms & Feuds,” Heritage Auctions Journal for Trusts and Estates Advisors, Fall 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Estate Planning Council

Chicago Council on Planned Giving

National Association of Charitable Gift Planners


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1997Illinois


  • DePaul University College of LawJ.D.1997
    Journal of Art and Entertainment Law
  • University of MinnesotaB.A., International Relations; Political Science & History Minors1991