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   3Richard A. SugarChicago(312) 704-9400rsugar@sfgh.comrsugar@sfgh.comSugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLPwww.sfgh.comwww.sfgh.comsugarricharda.jpgClosely & Privately Held Business LawTax Law: BusinessTax Law: IndividualTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Richard A.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP
30 N LaSalle St Ste 3000
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 704-9400 Fx.(312) 372-7951Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Closely & Privately Held Business Law
Tax Law: Business
Tax Law: Individual
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Richard A. Sugar concentrates his practice on dealing with the financial and tax aspects of business transactions; the creation, combination, and division of enterprises; and the preservation of wealth for current and future generations. With the benefit of more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Sugar approaches every client engagement providing highly personal service while searching for fresh, innovative ideas to solve his clients' most pressing problems quickly. Mr. Sugar is one of the founding partners of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP.

Mr. Sugar advises clients in many industries, including professional practices, health care, financial services, technology, manufacturing and wholesale businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Sugar's forte is in counseling clients to preserve wealth and afford security to the current generation while planning to pass that wealth to future generations in ways that maximize benefits, minimize costs, and avoid corrupting future generations. Mr. Sugar has been able to advise a number of client families over a span of three generations.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court

Year of Birth:  1947

Law School:  University of Chicago, J.D.

Undergraduate School:  Indiana University, B.S., business economics and public policy

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Section on Federal Taxation
    • Section on Corporate and Securities Law
    • Section on Employee Benefits
    • Section on Trusts and Estates
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Section on Employee Benefits
    • Section on Health Care Law
    • Section on Trust Law
    • Section on Federal Tax
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
      • Illinois Super Lawyer® in Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2005-present
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Tax Law: Business, Tax Law: Individual, and Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Community Involvement:  
  • Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Legacy Partners, 2012
  • Midwest Young Artists
    • President Emeritus, 2004-present
    • President, 1999-2003
    • Board of Directors, 1996-2009
  • Chicago Society of Clubs
    • Former member, Board of Governors
    • Community Public School Improvement Committee
      • Former chair
  • Commerce magazine
    • Small Business Division Editorial Board
  • Illinois Small Business Growth Corporation
    • Board of Directors (by nomination from Governor Jim Thompson)
  • Independent Business Association of Illinois
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Vice President
  • Lt. Gov. Ryan's Conference on Small Business, May 1984, Springfield
    • Delegate and legal counsel
  • White House Conference on Small Business
    • Delegate
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Sixth Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, September, 1987, Washington, D.C
    • Delegate
  • Illinois Lieutenant Governors Conference on Small Business
    • Delegate and Legal Counsel
  • American Technion Society

Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Choosing Among The Mechanisms for Succession Planning for the Family Business Owner," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, June, 1999
  • "Death of a Lawyer - Duty to Client, Heirs, and Country," Illinois Bar Journal, March, 1995
  • "Buy-Sell Agreements: A Short Treatise for Shareholders and Partners," May, 1992, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • "Cross Purchase Agreements Now Are Often More Beneficial Than Redemption Agreements," Journal of Taxation for Accountants, March, 1990
  • Monograph: "The Revolution in Employee Benefits - What It Means and What To Do About It," October, 1988, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Monograph: "Sugar COPPS Guide - A Guide for Selecting the Proper Form for Doing Business After the Tax Reform Act of 1986," May, 1987, Chicago, Estate Planning Council
  • "Eliminating Cumulative Voting Rights for Illinois Corporations," Illinois Bar Journal, April, 1983
  • Monograph: "Social Security - An Integrated View of Public and Private Retirement," March, 1983, Washington, D.C.
  • "Charitable Treatment of Charitable Gifts," May, 1981, Chicago
  • "How New Section 2040(c) Alters the Estate Tax Burden on Jointly Owned Property," Journal of Taxation, May, 1979
  • "Employee Contributions to Qualified Plans - A Frontier for Tax Planning," Taxes, August, 1979
  • "Power of Appointment - Electing To Save Death Taxes in Illinois," Illinois Bar Journal, May, 1978
  • "Small Businessman's Loss of Privacy under ERISA," Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance, March, 1978, and Compensation Planning Journal, March, 1978

Additional Office Locations:  
230 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10169

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