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America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011: Wealth Management

Chambers & Partners has compiled its independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide — which is designed to reflect market opinion — contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.

In Chambers' 2011 review of national legal talent in the area of "Wealth Management," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.

Chambers' comments:

Nationwide Ranking: Tier 3

The Firm: This creative and progressive group advises families and individuals on the preservation, management and transfer of wealth, both domestically and internationally. It represents a wide client base of entrepreneurs, private investors, business executives, multigenerational families and family offices on the planning and administration of sophisticated trusts and estates. In addition to this, it assists public and private charities on tax and corporate compliance, and also comes recommended for the advice it gives to individuals and charitable institutions regarding the creation of major lifetime and testamentary charitable gifts.

Key Individuals: David Handler is lauded as "one of the most imaginative and innovative trusts and estates practitioners in the country," attracting particular praise for his work representing principals of private equity and venture capital funds. He also acts on behalf of owners of closely held businesses, families of significant wealth, public charities and other tax-exempt entities. Rising star Deborah Dunn focuses on will contests and disputes with fiduciaries and other beneficiaries, estate and gift tax audits, and trust and estate planning and administration. Peers single her out as "a superb technician who approaches matters in a highly creative manner." Both partners are based in the firm's Chicago headquarters.

Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011—