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Katherine M. Cunningham focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration for high net worth individuals and families. She advises clients throughout the planning process, including preparation of wills, revocable trusts, gift trusts, insurance trusts, and powers of attorney. Katherine works with clients, their families and their advisors to develop a plan to transfer financial assets and manage their legacy.
In addition to estate planning, Katherine has substantial experience assisting families through the probate process, and she has handled large and complicated estates with closely held business interests and international assets. She has supervised the preparation of gift and estate tax returns, and regularly works with family members, accountants and investment advisors to transfer assets in an organized and thoughtful manner after death.
Katherine was recognized as a “Rising Star” in estate planning and estate administration by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine in 2011.
Katherine joined Harrison & Held in June 2017. Prior to joining Harrison & Held, Katherine founded a trust & estates practice with a small firm, Sonnenberg & Cunningham, Ltd., in Naples, Florida. Previously, she was a partner with the Wealth Management group in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, and she started her practice as an associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Northwestern University School Of Law, J.D., 1999
Williams College, B.A. Cum Laude , 1995
Illinois State Bar Association
Florida State Bar Association
Member of the Estate Planning Council of Naples
Member of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association
Local Lead, Naples Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
ElevateHer, Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation
Parent and Volunteer Math Coach, Sea Gate Elementary School