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Canella Gekas Woyar has extensive experience creating and implementing complex estate plans designed to minimize taxes and address asset protection concerns for clients with substantial wealth. Canella also has broad experience in the administration of trusts and estates and post-mortem tax planning.
Prior to joining Harrison & Held, Canella was a partner at Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLP where she practiced for nine years. In addition to practicing law, Canella previously managed the Estate Administration Department of the Harris Bank, supervising the administration of all estates in which the bank acted as executor and trusts where the bank became trustee upon the grantor’s death.
In 2008 and each year since then, Canella was elected as a Member of the Leading Lawyers Network (rated in the top 5% of Illinois lawyers and recommended in the practice area of “Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law”).
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1982; Editorial Board, Northwestern University Law Review; Dean's List
Loyola University, A.B. Classics, summa cum laude, 1979; Condon Classical Scholarship (full, four-year scholarship)
Loyola University, Rome, Italy; 1978
Illinois Supreme Court
Chicago Bar Association