Neil T. Kawashima

Neil T. Kawashima

McDermott Will & Emery

Recognized since 2009

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

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Neil T. Kawashima has a diverse practice, representing wealthy individuals and families on matters related to estate and gift planning, business succession and governance, and estate and trust administration. Neil’s clients include owners of privately-held businesses, beneficiaries of long-term trusts, fiduciaries and entrepreneurs. Neil has advised his clients regarding traditional and novel uses of trusts, wealth transfer strategies, business control mechanisms such as voting trusts and stockholder agreements, and fiduciary issues.

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  • 444 West Lake Street
    Chicago, IL 60606-0029

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates

"Mr. Kawashima is a joy to work with. His fit with our family-oriented business has been seamless. He brings a level of assurance to our decisions that is second to none. He appreciates the personal intricacies of working with a family-owned business, and has put together a team with which we feel extremely confident and comfortable. There is never a doubt that he has our best interests at heart."

- Amy Sanders (Jaymar, Inc.), Cheshire, OH

"Neil Kawashima is the senior attorney who is doing all of our trust and estate work. He is without any doubt an asset to McDermott. He is extremely capable in all aspects of his practice. He has very good people skills. He has worked well with our family and all the different personalities. He works hard to understand the focus and direction of our personal priorities as well as our business activities. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing his expertise. I have great confidence in him. He and I have a very good professional relationship and it has evolved into an equal friendship. I have enjoyed his work and have learned so much from it. I look forward to doing a lot more in the future."

- Chris Preston (Hall Marine Management)

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