Firm News

We are pleased to announce that Peter Allport has joined the firm as a partner. Peter focuses his practice on representing clients in trust, estate, and family and other closely-held business disputes, as well as other types of fiduciary litigation. He has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in litigation before courts in numerous jurisdictions, as well as in connection with out-of-court negotiations and alternative dispute resolution.

We are pleased to announce that Rick Gelboim has rejoined the firm as an Partner. Rick advises high net worth individuals and business owners on a wide range of wealth transfer, estate and gift tax planning and charitable matters. He has significant experience structuring and implementing sophisticated and personalized techniques to reduce estate, gift and income tax. Rick’s practice includes work for large families and family offices to coordinate inter-generational planning. Rick also represents fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates.

In September 2020 the American Bar Association has appointed David Lieberman an Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting Committee on Conflicts in Law in Trusts and Estates, and its Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, has appointed David Vice-Chair of its Trust and Estate Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group.

Six LS&C attorneys are working with the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education to prepare its 2020 handbook on “Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships and Charitable Bequests.” Jim Carey and Robin Maher are updating their chapter on Oral Contracts to Make Wills and Joint and Mutual Wills; Elizabeth McKillip and Dan Paluga are updating Elizabeth’s chapter on Will Contests; and David Lieberman, Elizabeth McKillip and Kiran Uppal are updating a chapter on Construing and Modifying Wills and Irrevocable Trusts.

David Lieberman has been appointed to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Professional Responsibility Committee for the 2020 – 2021 College year.

David Lieberman presented a continuing legal education program on “Litigation within Probate and Non-probate Estates” on March 16, 2020, as part of the Illinois State Bar Association’s virtual Trusts and Estates Litigation seminar.

Jim Carey has been appointed to the Executive Council of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law (RPTE) Section of the American Bar Association for 2020-21.  The RPTE Section is comprised of over 20,000 U.S. and International lawyers, real estate and financial services professionals. Jim is a past Chair of the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice group which devotes its efforts to issues involving trust, estate and fiduciary litigation matters.  With this appointment, Jim is pleased to continue his thirteen years of leadership with the RPTE Section.