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OVERVIEW

Douglas S. Robson
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-4805

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Douglas S. Robson
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-4805

F 312-759-5646

Doug Robson is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg and is co-chair of the Private Client Services Practice Group. He is primarily based in the firm's Chicago office. He also maintains offices in the firm's Grand Rapids and South Bend offices.

OVERVIEW

Doug Robson is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg and is co-chair of the Private Client Services Practice Group. He is primarily based in the firm's Chicago office. He also maintains offices in the firm's Grand Rapids and South Bend offices.

He concentrates his practice on the advanced planning needs of business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. Doug combines the disciplines of business and corporate law, estate planning, asset protection and income tax planning to provide comprehensive solutions to business structuring, succession planning and exit strategies. He serves as counsel to businesses, families, trusts and estates. He represents clients in several states and has assisted many global families with cross-border issues.

Doug counsels numerous family offices regarding issues of wealth transition and family governance. He advises charitable foundations and not-for-profit entities and incorporates various gifting techniques to maximize the impact of charitable planning. Doug also utilizes compliant domestic and foreign trust planning to achieve proper asset protection. In addition to planning, Doug oversees the probate and administration of estates and trusts.

Doug received his B.A. in political science from Indiana University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

Doug frequently speaks on wealth succession and preservation including the advanced planning techniques of family limited liability companies (FLLCs) and asset protection trusts.

Doug is admitted to practice in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Tax Court.

Experience

Specific examples of recent representations include:

  • Creation and administration of foreign trust and private trust companies to assist non-US families with tax planning for US based future generations;
  • Establishment of Dynastic Trusts to transfer family business to next generation in a tax-efficient manner;
  • Counseling families on pre IPO planning strategies and advising trustees after the IPO;
  • Constructing and maintaining multi-family offices and advising on RIA issues;
  • Litigating a University's beneficial interest in charitable trust and establishing breach of fiduciary duty by the trustee.
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