James M. Lestikow - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

James M. Lestikow

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 217-528-7375

James Lestikow is an experienced estate planning, business and real estate lawyer. He focuses his practice in a number of distinct areas, including:

Estate Planning, Administration, Litigation and Asset Protection
Mr. Lestikow’s estate planning and wealth preservation practice includes the drafting of wills and trusts, family limited partnerships and other devices that help clients achieve their financial goals in the most tax efficient manner and protect their assets for retirement and the next generation. He also handles estate and trust administration, as well as handling estate and trust administration disputes through alternate dispute resolution or through litigation in court and has testified as an expert witness on duties of executors / trustees, fees of executors and trustees and in attorney malpractice cases. Reflecting his substantial estate planning experience, he was elected to Fellowship in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2001, and in 2006 was appointed a member of its Asset Protection Committee.

Corporate and Business Law
Mr. Lestikow represents businesses (many of them family and closely held), not-for-profit associations and foundations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He helps them with their choice of business entity, and advises them on such day-to-day issues as employment discrimination, credit, contracts and management activities. He advises on succession plans for closely held and family held businesses including buy-sell agreements, and offers transactional advice on asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, financing and dissolutions. Some of Mr. Lestikow’s clients in this area include the Springfield Airport Authority; Community Care Systems, Inc.; and Springfield Farm & Home Supply, Inc. d/b/a Big R.

Commercial Real Estate
In this area Mr. Lestikow handles commercial real estate matters including financing, tax-free exchanges, purchases, sales, leasing, annexation, construction and zoning. He has testified as an expert witness on the subject of attornment agreements in a commercial lease.

Northern Illinois UniversityBA 1970University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignJ.D. 1973

Office Location

400 South Ninth Street, Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Springfield-IL Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Springfield-IL Metro Area
James M. Lestikow has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!James M. Lestikow has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates