Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Mid-Level to Senior-Level Associate Attorney

Position: Associate

Office: Lake Forest, IL

Practice Group: Private Clients, Trusts & Estates

Description: Schiff Hardin LLP is seeking an attorney with four to eight years of trusts & estates experience for our Private Clients, Trusts & Estates Group in our Lake Forest, IL office.  In addition to being licensed and in good standing in Illinois, requirements include:

  • Strong academic record and professional skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Aptitude and attitude for learning new things

This position will be dedicated primarily to an established and vibrant client service team in Lake Forest. The team wishes to welcome a new member to develop skills while working on a robust variety of trust & estate related activity: estate and gift planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, premarital planning, estate and gift tax return preparation, charitable planning and charitable entities, corporate elements within estate planning, and more.  The team has a reputation within the firm for being strong mentors and team-builders, and within the estate planning community for being excellent practitioners.  Depending on the overall arrangement, this attorney also could dedicate time to their own clients or to other firm clients if desired.

This position is envisioned to be in our Lake Forest office. We can offer flexibility for this position such as remote days, reduced hours and/or a flexible schedule.

We believe this role will be a good fit for someone who wishes to pursue a very sophisticated law firm practice in a new environment.

The Lake Forest office is home to eight attorneys, and several attorneys from our Chicago and other offices routinely make use of meeting space and guest offices in Lake Forest.  We are located one block from historic Market Square in Lake Forest and only three blocks from the East Lake Forest Metra station with convenient service to Chicago and many towns in between.

At Schiff Hardin we are committed to increasing diversity of all types within the firm and the legal profession and to intentionally building an environment where everyone feels welcome and where they can be and progress as their authentic selves. We are proud to have achieved Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Certified Plus status for two consecutive years and to have earned, for the 11th consecutive year, a perfect 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), along with the distinction as a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”  Click here to learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Schiff Hardin.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Lily Yanow, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, at

Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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