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   3Louis S. HarrisonChicago(312) 332-5440lharrison@harrisonheld.comlharrison@harrisonheld.comHarrison & Held LLPwww.harrisonheld.comwww.harrisonheld.comharrisonlouis.jpgTrust, Will & Estate Planning LawBusiness SuccessionClosely Held Business PlanningBuying/Selling BusinessesLitigationEstate and Wealth Planning
Louis S. Harrisonlharrison@harrisonheld.com
Harrison & Held LLPhttp://www.harrisonheld.com
333 W Wacker Dr Ste 1700
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 332-5440 Fx.(312) 332-1150
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law    Business Succession
    Closely Held Business Planning
    Buying/Selling Businesses
    Litigation
    Estate and Wealth Planning
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Lou Harrison's practice includes sophisticated estate planning and litigation, post-mortem tax planning, charitable dispositions, business succession planning, including the buying and selling of businesses, and creative and protective lifetime transfer strategies. He provides closely held companies with corporate tax planning and business succession. He is currently a founding partner of Harrison & Held, LLP.

Lou uses his extensive financial experience to (1) formulate estate plans that maximize and protect wealth, (2) draft complex trusts and wills that minimize federal estate taxes, (3) litigate contested estates, (4) probate and administer estates, (5) advise closely held businesses, and (6) counsel clients regarding business, individual, fiduciary and post-mortem tax planning.

A frequent speaker and writer on tax and estate planning, Lou has spoken before numerous groups nationwide. He has authored more than 100 published articles on a broad range of tax and estate-planning subjects in legal, accounting, tax and estate journals and periodicals.


Bar Admissions:  Illinois, 1984

Hourly Rate:  $251-$300/hour

Retainer:  Varies by case

Date of Birth:  1959

Law School:  Duke University School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement:  High honors; Law Review

Graduate School: University of Chicago School of Business, M.B.A., with honors in finance


Undergraduate School:  Colgate University, B.A.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  magna cum laude

Employment History:  
Mayer, Brown and Platt
Lord Bissell and Brook; chairperson, Trusts and Estate group, 1988-2003


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, fellow
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Illinois State Bar Association
Standard Club


Published Legal Writing:  
Sorting Out Life's Complexities: What You Really Need to Know About Taxes, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys and Health Care Decisions

Illinois Estate Planning forms and commentary


Firm Description:  
The firm's practice currently includes:
  • Litigating contested trust and estate matters

  • Providing expert testimony and opinions

  • Advising families on all wealth transfer tax issues, including estate planning, lifetime gifts, charitable planning, and advanced tax reduction strategies

  • Creating succession plans for closely held businesses

  • Administering decedents' estates, including post-mortem tax planning, and guardianship estates, including advanced estate planning for disabled adults

  • Forming and advising not-for-profit entities

  • Advising business owners and entrepreneurs on all business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, sale of assets or stock, business structure, adoption of ESOPs, and other business planning issues

  • Litigating general commercial matters, including contract disputes and commercial torts, bankruptcy-related litigation, disputes concerning closely-held corporations, banking litigation, environmental litigation, intellectual property disputes, construction litigation, trade secret litigation, and noncompetition litigation

  • Handling complex real estate transactions, including the sale, purchase, 1031 exchange, development, financing, and leasing of retail, office, industrial, and other commercial properties as well as large residential properties



  • Family:  Lou is married to Maria and is the father of Tom and Robert.1041845
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