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   3James R. HelligeChicago(312) 832-4550jhellige@foley.comjhellige@foley.comFoley & Lardner LLPwww.foley.comwww.foley.comhelligejames.jpgAssociation & Non-Profit LawTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
James R.
Foley & Lardner LLP
321 N Clark St Ste 2800
Chicago IL 60654-5313
Ph.(312) 832-4550 Fx.(312) 832-4700Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Association & Non-Profit Law
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Hellige is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a member of the Tax & Individual Planning and Estates & Trusts practices. He concentrates his practice on estate planning, probate, trust law, sophisticated charitable giving, and related areas of income, gift, estate and generation-skipping taxation.

Bar Admissions:  
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States Tax Court

Hourly Rate:  $540-$650

Retainer:  Varies by case

Year of Birth:  1951

Law School:  University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1976

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude; associate articles editor, Notre Dame Law Review

Undergraduate School:  St. Mary's University of Minnesota, B.A., 1973

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Summa cum laude

Representative Clients:  
Business owners, executives of public corporations, wealthy families, and charitable organizations

Employment History:  
Attorney with Hopkins & Sutter, in Chicago, from 1976 until 2001 upon its merger with Foley & Lardner.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
American Bar Association
  Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Chicago Bar Association
  Former chair, Probate Practice Committee
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Chicago Council on Planned Giving
  Former member of the board

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the fields of non-profit/charities and trusts and estates law
  • Illinois Super Lawyers lists, 2007, 2008 and 2009, for his estate planning and probate work
  • Leading Lawyers, recognized in Association & Non-Profit Law and in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law, 2003-present

Community Involvement:  
Charitable Advisory Council to the Attorney General of the State of Illinois
  Legislative committee, 2001-2003
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  Advisory board
  Chair, Planned Giving Subcommittee
Newberry Library in Chicago
  Panned Giving Advisory Council
The Chicago Community Trust
  Professional Advisory Committee
WTTW-Channel 11 public television
  Planned Gving Advisory Committee

Published Legal Writing:  
"Charitable Giving and the Generation-Skipping Tax," 130 Trusts & Estates No. 5, 34 (May 1991)

"Sophisticated Charitable Giving: Techniques and Problems," 41 Major Tax Planning 1100 (Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. 1989)

"Temporary Regulations Help to Answer Some Questions," 128 Trusts & Estates No. 2, 55 (February 1989)

The New Generation-Skipping Tax: Analysis, Planning and Drafting (Northwestern University 1987)

"A New Set of Complexities," 126 Trusts & Estates Nos. 3 & 4, 8 & 10 (March & April 1987)

"Strategies to Use While Awaiting Possible Repeal of the Generation-Skipping Tax," 125 Trusts & Estates No. 2, 42 (February 1986)

"An Overall Look at Planned Giving Options," 16 Fund Raising Management No. 12 74 (February 1986)

"Coping With the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax," 69 Illinois Bar Journal 166 & 228 (1980); 16 ABA's Law Notes 103 (1980); 5 Oklahoma Bar Journal 2510, 2829 & 3093 (1981)

"The Right of a Creditor of an Heir to Contest the Will," Notre Dame Law Review 309 (1974)

Legal Lectures:  
He is a frequent speaker, and has lectured before many professional and lay groups, including the following: University of Southern California Institute on Federal Taxation; Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute; Northwestern University Estate Planning Advisory Council Symposium; Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami; Central Arizona Estate Planning Council; Chicago Estate Planning Council; Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; Chicago Bar Association; Council for the Advancement and Support of Education; National Society of Fundraising Executives; and the Chicago Council on Planned Giving.

Firm Description:  
Foley & Lardner is a provider of legal counsel to global companies. The firm's experience encompasses a full range of corporate legal services. Foley & Lardner's nearly 1,000 attorneys understand today's most complex business issues including corporate governance and compliance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property and IP litigation, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, life sciences, financial services, insurance, health care, energy and sports industries. Its Web site can be found at

Practice Group Description:  
Estates & Trusts: Foley & Lardner has extensive experience developing sophisticated estate plans for wealthy individuals and families. These plans are designed to reduce potential tax burdens within the context of the client's overall estate-planning objectives. We use sophisticated planning vehicles tailored to each client, including specialized trusts, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and private charitable foundations.

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