Stuart Kohn is a partner and leads the Trusts & Estates Group.  He concentrates his practice in estate, gift and income tax planning and business succession planning, and has significant experience with complex estate and trust administration matters.  Stuart also works with clients to design and implement asset protection strategies.

Stuart routinely works with high net-worth individuals and their families to ensure their wishes are met with respect to the passing of their wealth.  Throughout that process, he works to implement strategies that maximize the value of assets passing to intended beneficiaries, while minimizing the tax impact  to the greatest extent possible.  Understanding the financial and tax considerations is a key to Stuart’s practice, but equally important is his sensitivity to the emotions surrounding these decisions.  Stuart recognizes that clients find comfort in knowing and understanding their options, and works to clearly communicate his planning strategy and resulting considerations.

Stuart is a member of the esteemed estate planning organization, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC membership is based on professional reputation, expertise in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.

Stuart is active in a number of legal organizations and has served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Trust Law Committee and President of the Board of Directors of the Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council. Stuart lectures on advanced estate planning topics for the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association, and Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Stuart frequently writes on a variety of asset planning topics. He has written articles which have been published in the notable Bloomberg BNA's Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal and the RIA periodical, Business Entities.

In addition to his professional activities, Stuart is actively involved in a number of charitable organizations, including holding a leadership role with North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe.

  • Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1987

    Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    United States Tax Court

    Education: University of Michigan, B.B.A., 1984
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1987

  • Memberships: American Bar Association
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Chicago Bar Association - Trust Law Committee, Executive Committee
    Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council - Past President

  • Honors & Awards: Named an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2007-2017
    Named a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network, 2009, 2016