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Michael Friedberg represents high net worth individuals, family offices and businesses. His practice over three decades focuses on complex and sophisticated wealth management, estate planning and administration, trust management, and the development and implementation of multi-generational tax strategies. He has helped clients manage their business and investment interests, and has developed advanced income, gift and estate tax solutions to achieve client goals.
Michael’s private clientele include investors, individuals with inherited assets, owners with successful businesses, futures and options traders and other attorneys. He also advises on corporate and business planning, as well as litigation strategies. Michael has represented several nationally-known life insurance companies and has advised on policy structure and techniques.
Prior to joining Harrison & Held, he was practice chair for Trusts & Estates at Ungaretti & Harris (now Nixon Peabody LLP). He also was a founding partner of Sugar, Friedberg & Felsenthal. Michael has taught Estate and Gift Taxation as well as Legal Drafting at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
HONORS and AWARDS
Michael has been named a “Best Lawyer in America” in both Tax and Estate Planning in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He also has been named a “Leading Lawyer” since 2011 and a “Super Lawyer” for several years since 2005. He also has been awarded an AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. Michael previously was a “Master Teacher” for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING AND PUBLICATIONS
Speaker at numerous professional conferences including
--Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
--Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
--Nebraska Continuing Legal Education
--American Law Institute/American Bar Association Conference on Estate Planning
--SMU Conference on Estate Planning
--NYU Conference on Estate Planning
Author of articles for law review, professional publications and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
J.D., University Of Chicago Law School
B.A. with honors in Philosophy, Northwestern University
American Bar Association, Section on Taxation
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Estate Planning Council
Association of Life Insurance Counsel
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
Chicago Community Trust, Professional Advisory Committee
Previously, American Cancer Society, Professional Advisory Committee
Previously, Board President, Cove School (for learning disabled children)
Previously, Board Member, Museum of Contemporary Art and President, MCA Men’s Council