Andrew R. "Andy" Gelman

Andrew R. "Andy" Gelman

Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 2007

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

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Andy Gelman is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and estate and trust administration and controversies and is the immediate past chair of the firm's Illinois Private Wealth Services Practice Group. He counsels individuals, executives and business owners on the use of wills and insurance and inter vivos or living trusts and powers of attorney for property and health care in their estate planning. Often his advice is in the area of federal and state estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxation, asset planning and various types of property transfers and rearrangements such as grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, qualified personal residence trusts, and charitable trusts and foundations. Mr. Gelman is a certified mediator for the Court-Annexed Mediation Program of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Mr. Gelman has a further concentration in the area of legal disability and the use of trusts to protect disabled adults and minors. He has been a lecturer on the topic of supplemental needs trusts for the learning disabled or mentally impaired child. He devotes a portion of his practice to probate proceedings as they relate to disabled adults. Such proceedings include the adjudication of incompetency, termination of such adjudication, and financial planning and health care for a ward. Mr. Gelman served as the court appointed guardian ad litem in the Greenspan case, which was the first case in Illinois in which a Court allowed the withdrawal of life support from a terminally ill individual.

Mr. Gelman has represented numerous corporate and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries of estates and trusts in contested matters. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of decedents’ estates and minors’ estates and trusts in probate and chancery, including will contests, trust constructions, citation proceedings, claims, awards, statutory rights, and rights of heirs, legatees and beneficiaries. He counsels both corporate and individual fiduciaries with respect to federal and state estate tax, federal and state fiduciary income tax and post mortem tax planning in administration of estates and trusts.

Mr. Gelman's practice also includes work in premarital matters, adoptions (related, agency, and private placements), as well as real estate transactions, both personal and commercial.

Contact & Links
  • 150 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 2700
    Chicago, IL 60606
  • University of Virginia, J.D., graduated 1971
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Virginia, Virginia State Bar
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section - Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Probate Practice Committee - Member and past Division Chair
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers - Member
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council - Member
  • Children's Research Foundation, Lurie Children's Hospital - Board of Directors
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Member
  • Lawyers Club of Chicago - Member
  • Lurie Children's Foundation Professional Advisor Council - Chair of Executive Committee
  • Manne Children's Research Institute, Lurie Children's Hospital - Board of Directors, Former Vice-Chair
  • Museum of Science and Industry Gift Planning Advisory Committee - Former Member
  • SGA Youth & Family Services - Board of Directors
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company Planned Giving Advisory Committee - Member
  • The Quadrangle Club of The University of Chicago - Chair of Members Council

Holland & Knight LLP
Chicago, Illinois

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Trusts and Estates
Special Focus:
  • Asset Protection
  • Disability
  • Estate Planning
  • Gift Planning
  • Litigation
  • Probate
  • Special Needs
  • Tax
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005-2012, 2014-2017
  • Chicago Law Bulletin Leading Lawyer, Since 2006
  • Who's Who in American Law, Since 1985
  • Top 100 Attorney, Worth Magazine, 2006
  • Maurice Weigle Award, Chicago Bar Association, for Service to the Profession and the Organized Bar, 1979


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