April 5, 2006

Gregg M. Simon, Chair of the firm's Wealth Transfer & Succession Planning practice group, was recently honored with admission as a Fellow into the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Fellows must be nominated by an existing ACTEC member and are selected by their peers based on professional reputation and ability and for their substantial contributions to the field of trusts and estates through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities. Simon joins an elite group of only 98 attorneys in Illinois who have received this designation.

A member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Estate Planning Council and the Greater North Shore Estate and Financial Planning Council, Simon concentrates his practice in estate planning, federal estate and gift taxation, probate and trust administration, and business planning. He is a member and past Chair of the CBA's Trust Law Executive Committee and a member of the CBA's Probate Practice and Asset Protection committees. Simon is also a frequent writer and speaker on estate planning and administration topics.

"Becoming a part of ACTEC is a longtime goal that I have worked hard to attain," said Simon, "but this honor is much more than a personal achievement. My clients and colleagues all stand to benefit from my involvement in this prestigious organization."

About ACTEC

Founded in 1949, ACTEC is an organization of more than 2,500 trust and estate lawyers and law professors from the United States and Canada. The College brings together the top lawyers in the profession to maintain a high quality of legal services through mutual education; to foster networking based on the highest order of trust and confidence; to improve and reform laws and procedures in the areas of probate, trust and tax; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes. Substantive areas of experience represented within ACTEC include estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, protective intervention and guardianship administration, transfer tax laws, income tax laws that affect individuals and trusts, elder law, charitable planning, employee benefit planning and fiduciary litigation.

For more information on ACTEC, visit www.actec.org.