Barrington, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Michael J Rada
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Barrington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year experience
(224) 655-5200 840 S. Northwest Hwy, Ste 102
Barrington, IL 60010
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
The John Marshall Law School
Michael Rada is the owner and sole practitioner in the Law Offices of Michael Rada, LLC located in Barrington, Illinois. Michael’s practice serves clients with matters in estate planning, probate, elder law and business law. Michael has served clients ranging from mid-sized companies to individuals.

Knowing that the law is not a “one size fits all” proposition, Michael applies his wealth of experience dealing with people and complex problems in finding the right solution for each individual client. He believes that listening to the client and fully understanding the desired outcome is an essential part of the legal process. In addition,...
Rodney Piercey
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Barrington, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 years experience
(224) 848-4646 1000 Hart Rd
Suite 300
Barrington, IL 60010
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
-Successfully completed over 2,200 estate plans ranging in size to $210 million. -Assisted in redirecting more than $150 million away from estate taxes and to charities and heirs. -Eliminated estate taxes in more than 450 estate plans which were otherwise taxable. -Conducted more than 50 briefings, seminars and workshops on estate and tax elimination planning. -Co-author of "Combining Life Insurance and Annuity Policies to Create a Financial Engine for a Nongrantor CLAT," Journal of Practical Estate Planning, CCH Incorporated, August-September, 2004. -Author of "Tax Elimination Planning", "The Ten Most Common Mistakes in Estate Planning", "How a Charitable Trust Can Save You Taxes",...
(847) 490-8450 2300 Barrington Rd
Suite 400
Barrington, IL 60010
Brent Glenn
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Barrington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(224) 443-0220 111 North Avenue
Suite 202
Barrington, IL 60010
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Chicago
Brent Glenn graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 2000. He began his career at top law firms in Chicago and Washington, D.C. including Winston & Strawn and Sheppard Mullin. At that time, he concentrated his legal career on commercial real estate matters including real estate finance of both borrowers and lenders, commercial real estate sales, purchases and leases. In addition, he provided real estate support in corporate transactions valued at more than a billion dollars.

In 2017, Brent opened his own practice in Barrington, Illinois. In addition to commercial real estate, his practice now includes a...
William R. Kuehn
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Barrington, Il Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(847) 381-4797 102 N Cook Street
P.O. Box 563
Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and The John Marshall Law School
Andrew Joseph Kelleher Jr
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North Barrington, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(847) 382-9130 102 S. Wynstone Park Drive
North Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Barrington, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(847) 381-8700 224 W Main St
Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Barrington, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(847) 620-5013 145 W Main St
Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Barrington, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(847) 381-3550 217 S Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Barrington, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(847) 382-7286 202 S Cook St
Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Barrington, Il Estate Planning Attorney
(847) 381-4797 102 N Cook Street
P.O. Box 563
Barrington, IL 60010
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Patricia L Deemer
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Lake Zurich, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(847) 847-7463 795 Ela Road
Suite 100
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Estate Planning
DePaul College of Law
Robert J Boszko
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(847) 995-9999 1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Robert J. Boszko (“Bob”) began his career at Anderson & Associates, P.C. in 2002 as a law clerk and was hired as an associate attorney in 2004, he is now a Partner with the firm and primarily practices out of the firm's Schaumburg (Cook County) office where his practice is focused on complex financial divorce and custody disputes. Bob’s comprehensive understanding of various areas of law including, Tax Law, Business Transactions and Planning, Real Estate Transactions, and Estate Planning and Administration, provide him the foundation and creativity to resolve complicated divorce and child custody disputes. Bob utilizes compassion and...
400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
20 N. Clark St.
Suite 2720
Chicago, IL 60602
15255 S. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Dennise McCann
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
Dennise L. McCann is a Partner Anderson & Associates, P.C. who focuses on complex family law, bankruptcy and probate matters. She has been the managing attorney of the firm's Wheaton office since 2007. Dennise has been a certified mediator and guardian ad litem since 2010. She was nominated for an Inspirational Woman Award in 2012. She served as a career law clerk to the Honorable Susan Pierson Sonderby from 1988 to 1992 and was responsible for reviewing her daily motion call, researching legal issues, drafting opinions and writing speech materials for continuing legal education programs. She graduated from The John...
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
20 N. Clark St.
Suite 2720
Chicago, IL 60602
15255 S. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Benedict Schwarz II
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West Dundee, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
(847) 428-7725 303 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Benedict Schwarz, II has limited his practice to matrimonial and family law for over 40 years. He is a past director of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is also a trained divorce mediator; Mr. Schwarz has taught numerous 40-hour divorce mediation training and conflict resolution seminars and has also co-authored chapters on the subject in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications.

In 1992, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). In 2001, Mr. Schwarz was appointed the Chairperson of the Commission from January...
(630) 200-4882 100 Illinois Street
Suite 200
St. Charles , IL 60174
Kevin P. O'Flaherty
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Lake in the Hills, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(847) 231-2102 8411 Pyott Road
Ste. 107
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
At O’Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm. we are committed to providing personalized, efficient, and quality legal service. We pride ourselves on our “above-and-beyond” approach to client care, affordable fees, and communication. Please call us today at (630)324-6666 to schedule a free in-person or phone consultation. We are located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our attorneys are happy to meet with you at our office or any other location convenient to you in order to work to accomplish your legal goals. Our team has expertise in many areas of law including but not limited...
(331) 254-3033 210 S 5th St
Ste. 107B
St. Charles, IL 60174
(708) 894-3030 16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(630) 324-6666 5002 Main Street, Ste. 201
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(331) 330-7466 105 Jackson Avenue
Ste. 4b
Naperville, IL 60540
(331) 253-4060 110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 220B
Elmhurst, IL 60126
James Siebert
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Arlington Heights, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(847) 253-7500 3325 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Estate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Probate
DePaul University
James is the principal attorney at the Law Office of James C. Siebert & Associates, P.C. / Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys, P.C. The Office provides legal services throughout the Chicago area concentrating in Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Asset Preservation, Medicaid Application Representation, Child Caretaker Agreements, Appeals of Medicaid Denials or unfavorable decisions, Nursing Home Contract Review, Nursing Home Injuries and Abuse, Estate Planning, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Planning, Parkinson’s Planning, Addicted Beneficiary Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Special Needs Planning, Probate Administration, Trust Administration, Guardianship and Real Estate. James C. Siebert is one...
Jonathan G. Anderson
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(847) 995-9999 1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Jonathan Anderson is the principal attorney and founder of Anderson & Associates, P.C. Jon guided the growth of this family law firm from a one-attorney law practice in Schaumburg, Illinois to an eleven-attorney law firm with Cook County offices in Schaumburg, Chicago, Northbrook, and Orland Park, Illinois and a DuPage County office in Wheaton, Illinois. For over 25 years, Jon has achieved optimum results for his clients in divorce and other family law litigation involving issues that include family-owned businesses, pre-marital (pre-nuptial) agreements, post-marital (post-nuptial) agreements, marital property and non-marital property distribution, maintenance (alimony), custody, visitation and the removal of...
400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
20 N. Clark St.
Suite 2720
Chicago, IL 60602
15255 S. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
707 Skokie Blvd
Suite 600
Northbrook, IL 60062
Chris Maurer
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Christopher J. Maurer is a licensed Illinois attorney and a Partner at Anderson & Associates, P.C.
Christopher has over two decades of experience. He practices primarily from the firm's Wheaton office and handles cases in DuPage County, Cook County, Kane County, and the other collar counties. He has focused his practice in the area of family law, including divorce issues (contested and uncontested divorces, high-stakes litigation, complex financial and business divorces), adoptions and paternity cases, preparation of prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements, custody disputes, establishing visitation schedules, child support calculation and alimony/maintenance determination, grandparent rights, disputes regarding removing children from...
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
20 N. Clark St.
Suite 2720
Chicago, IL 60602
15255 S. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Mildred Palmer
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Rolling Meadows, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(847) 253-8800 3701 Algonquin Road
Suite 300
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
University of Florida
Mildred ("Millie") V. Palmer graduated Cum Laude from University of Flordia's College of Law in 1990 with a concentration in taxation and estate planning. After graduation she went to work for Ernst and Young as a tax attorney in the Special Services Group while taking LLM classes at Chicago Kent. In 1992 she moved from Ernst and Young to Gardner Carton and Douglas where she practiced tax law. As a tax attorney attached to a large firm, Millie saw a wide variety of work in the area of taxation, charitable giving, corporate work and estate planning. During this time, she...
Brian J. Cohan
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Long Grove, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(847) 202-3341 5659 RFD
Long Grove, IL 60047
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Tax
DePaul College of Law
Robert Steven Thomas
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Arlington Heights, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(847) 392-5893 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Tax
Bradley L. Schencker
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Buffalo Grove, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(847) 686-3626 400 West Dundee Road
Suite 6
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Jenette M. Schwemler
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Lake in the Hills, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(815) 245-4665 1301 Pyott Road, Suite 201G
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
The John Marshall Law School
For 20 years, I have represented clients in contested divorce and custody matters in McHenry County. I am also a court appointed guardian ad litem and mediator in family law cases. I also provide representation for clients needing estate planning and Medicaid planning.
Mr Robert J Ross
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Inverness, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(847) 358-5757 1622 W Colonial Parkway
Suite 201
Inverness, IL 60067
Estate Planning and Business
DePaul College of Law
Bob Ross has practiced in Illinois in areas of wills and trusts, business law, acquisitions, succession planning and related commercial real estate matters since 1980.
Thomas Radek
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(847) 969-0096 850 E. Higgins Rd 125N
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Estate Planning and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Practice consists of residential and commercial real estate, wills and trusts.
Charles Todd Newland
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Rolling Meadows, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(847) 797-9300 3601 Algonquin Road, Suite 990
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Probate
Roxanna Hipple
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West Dundee, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(847) 426-2900 303 W Main St
West Dundee, IL 60118
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Marc Blumenthal
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Buffalo Grove, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(847) 808-7090 355 W Dundee Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Donald A Hitzel Jr
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schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(847) 843-0307 1700 peach lane
schaumburg, IL 60194
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Kimberly R. Shefts
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Crystal Lake, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 455-5300 444 North Route 31
Suite 100 ~ Office 103
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Estate Planning, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Probate
Misty J. Cygan
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(800) 825-9260 15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
Misty has worked hard to become an attorney, which was her dream. She earned her two undergraduate degrees while being on active duty in the United States Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with dual degrees. During her four years in the military, Misty was responsible for producing a weekly flying and aircraft maintenance schedule for a fleet of 24 F-15 fighter jets. Misty also provided support for Operation Noble Eagle in response to the 9/11 attacks.

At the core of Misty’s practice is her love of the law and her desire to help people....
Michael Otte
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(773) 631-7100 10 N. Martingale Rd.
Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michael A. Otte concentrates his practice on estate planning, trust administration, and contested and litigated estates and trusts. Additionally, Michael's particular area of focus is in elder law matters, including Medicaid planning, Medicaid appeals, guardianship, contested guardianships, nursing home contract review, general elder law matters requiring litigation or other court involvement, and other issues affecting the legal needs of older people. Michael has given dozens of both public and private seminars on his areas of experience in order to educate the public and fellow attorneys on important estate planning and elder law concepts. Michael is a member of the Chicago...
(773) 631-7100 5339 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 631-7100 7667 W. 95th St.
Suite 203
Hickory Hills , IL 60457
James G Militello III
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Woodstock, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(815) 338-2040 747 S. Eastwood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Collections and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Militello is the Managing Parter at Prime Law Group, LLC. Prime Law Group is truly a team of lawyers and staff. Our collaborative approach often takes the form of cooperation to share past experiences and develop creative approaches to new issues. This team approach has the additional advantage that if a new issue suddenly arises or an existing project becomes a top client priority, we can quickly assign additional lawyers who will already have the background necessary to tackle the problem at full speed.
Dana Zivkovich
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Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(708) 833-7755 350 S. Northwest Hwy.
Suite 300
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
I work with senior citizens, their families, and small business owners to get their affairs organized, safeguard their estates, and prepare succession plans. In matters of probate or trust administration, I work with personal representatives to properly manage the administration of the estate and advise them of their legal duties along the way. My experience in these practice areas has been exclusive since I have been private practice. In 2010, I expanded my practice territory to include Lake County, Indiana by obtaining an Indiana law license.
(708) 833-7755 8 W. Main St.
Glenwood, IL 60425
Anthony Rosario Perrelli
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Lincolnshire, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(847) 913-5415 One Overlook Point
Suite 250
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Tax
The John Marshall Law School
Anthony (Tony) Perrelli is a partner of Hedeker & Perrelli and has provided his legal expertise to the firm since 2005. A resident of north suburban South Barrington, Tony specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and business and tax law. Clients rely on his smart, honest and compassionate approach to helping ensure their Hedeker & Perrelli LifePlan is protected from creditors, predators and the IRS. Tony is trusted by the hundreds of families and businesses who rely on Hedeker & Perrelli to plan and preserve their wealth. He has a deep understanding of tax laws and the estate planning process...
Jay Kaufman
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Northbrook, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(847) 807-1108 707 Skokie Boulevard
Suite 600A
Northbrook, IL 60062
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Northern Illinois University
As the founder of the firm Kaufman Law Group, LLC, Jay C. Kaufman practices in the areas of business law and estate planning. For nearly 35 years, he has been practicing at his own firm. Attorney Kaufman is a proud member of ElderCounsel, WealthCounsel, American Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association. He received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from North Illinois University. Mr. Kaufman has earned an 8.5 Excellent rating on Avvo.com. For a case review, please contact his firm today.
Aaron J. Lytle
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South Elgin, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(847) 695-2400 2000 McDonald Road
Suite 200
South Elgin, IL 60142
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Akron
Aaron J. Lytle is one of the firm's suburban Chicago attorneys who practices in several key areas: estate planning and wealth protection, wills and trusts, probate administration, trust administration, business planning, taxation, real estate and special needs planning for children with disabilities. Mr. Lytle has spent several years working in the business sector on corporate issues relating to succession planning, valuation, acquisitions and generating capital. Before joining AHR, he worked for companies such as American Express and Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase).

Mr. Lytle also previously served on the Board of Trustees for DayOne Reliance, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that...
Anthony John Pankau Jr
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Itasca, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 875-0500 105 E. Irving Pk Rd
Itasca, IL 60143
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
John Pankau graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, and Chicago Kent College of Law with High Honors. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and owns The Law Office of John Pankau, P.C. in Itasca, Illinois. Prior to and while attending law school, John and his wife Carole owned and operated a family business in Bloomingdale. John is an active member of his community, presenting educational seminars at local libraries and banks. Today, his practice concentrates in the areas of real estate, estate planning and administration, probate, and local government law.
Charles G. Wentworth
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Glen Ellyn, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(630) 469-7100 536 Crescent Blvd. Suite 200
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Business and Employment
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Charles is a shareholder at The Law Office of Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C. in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he practices business, property, and appellate litigation. After graduating from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, he clerked for Chief Justice John Broderick of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He was then a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago before opening his own practice. He recently joined Richard Lofgren to form The Law Office of Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C., The Entrepreneur's Legal Resource. Charles' experience as an officer and director of multiple closely-held companies...
Patrick Quinn
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Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(847) 232-7180 350 S. Northwest Highway
Suite 300
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
The John Marshall Law School
Throughout much of Pat's career, he has worked defending insurance companies against personal injury, wrongful death, and healthcare negligence cases. This experience gives Pat a unique perspective, since he knows the "tricks of the trade" which insurance companies use as they value a personal injury claim and defend against a case. With this knowledge and understanding, Pat will ensure you are not taken advantage of in these situations, allowing you to achieve maximum compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Pat has been a trial lawyer for more than a decade and has tried numerous cases to verdict. Pat first developed...
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