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Elizabeth A. Garlovsky

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Chicago, IL
Elizabeth A. Garlovsky

Elizabeth A. (“Lizzy”) Garlovsky is a partner with Harrison & Held, LLP. She concentrates her practice in Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer, Probate, and Estate and Trust Administration. Lizzy brings more than 25 years of experience in both private practice as well as time spent working in the public sector and as a wealth advisor for JPMorgan. In addition to her deep technical background and practical experience, Lizzy brings a unique holistic and human approach to every client matter through empathy and a commitment to understanding each client’s individual and often very personal situation prior to engaging in any representation. She recognizes the difficulty that clients routinely face when engaging a trusts and estates attorney, especially when emotions are high, and is grateful for opportunities to make the difficult seem simpler for clients who are experiencing stress caused by trauma or grief, or by the anticipation of either. 

Lizzy assists clients in the preparation and implementation of estate plans for a wide range of individuals and families. She also represents both individual and corporate executors and trustees administer trusts and estates at any stage, including through controversies both inside and outside of court. In addition, Lizzy frequently counsels heirs, legatees and beneficiaries of estates and trusts of all sizes to advocate for their rights under will and trust documents, or when no documents exist.

Lizzy is an active member of the firm, the trusts and estates community and her community at large. At the firm, Lizzy sits on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, and participates in the firm’s mentor/mentee program with associates.

A fellow of the prestigious national American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Lizzy is a frequent lecturer, and author, with an interest in the intersection of family law and estate planning.  She enjoys giving back to her peers by serving as a mentor to junior colleagues, both inside and outside of the firm, and lectures regularly at the IICLE Estate Planning Short Course. Lizzy also served as an appointed Advisory Member of the Trust and Investment Committee for Chicago-based ATG Trust Company’s Board of Directors from January 2020 through May 2021 (ATG Trust Company was acquired by Midland Trust Company in June of 2021). She is a current member of the Goodman Theater’s Spotlight Advisory Council.

Lizzy provides pro bono legal services and supports related organizations and activities. She performs estate planning and related legal services for under-served individuals in her community, and acts as a resource to various charitable organizations. In addition, from April 2017-April 2021, Lizzy served as an elected member of the Board of Education for Township High School District 113 (IL). She served as President of the Board from May 2018 to May 2020, and served on the Board’s Policy Committee, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

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Supreme Court of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Loyola University Chicago School of Law – J.D., 1996

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – B.A., 1993

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

ATG Trust Company (now Midland Trust Company), Chicago, Trust & Investment Committee, Past Member

Illinois State Bar Association

  • Trusts and Estates Section Member
  • New Attorney Mentor (2014-2015)

Chicago Estate Planning Council, Member

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)

  • Member, Planning Committee, Annual Estate Planning Short Course (2014 – Present)

Chicago Bar Association, Member

  • Cook County Probate Forms Committee
  • Trust Law Committee

Township High School District 113 Board of Education, Member, 2017-2021

  • President, May 2018-May 2020
  • Policy Committee, Member 2017-2021
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Member 2020-2021
  • Human Resources Committee, Chairperson 2020-2021

Goodman Theater Spotlight Advisory Council, Member, 2022 – Present

Illinois Super Lawyer (2014-Present)

Illinois Leading Lawyers (2021 – Present)

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