Robert E. Kass

Robert E. Kass

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C

Recognized since 2009

Detroit, Michigan

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Trusts and Estates
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Bob concentrates on estate planning, tax counseling, wealth preservation, and planned giving. He is thorough and analytical, while giving great personal attention to his clients.

His practice includes estate planning, wealth preservation, and planned giving, for estates of all sizes. In addition to the traditional drafting of wills and trusts, he and his group specialize in sophisticated wealth preservation techniques, succession planning, probate and trust administration, post-mortem planning, as well as estate tax return preparation, gift and estate tax audits and appeals, and estate-related claims and litigation.

He is also heavily involved in charitable and planned giving techniques, to permit his clients to identify and meet their charitable objectives with maximum tax benefit.

Bob also serves as the Chairman of the Tax, Estate Planning & Probate Group.

After earning his law degree at the University of Michigan, Bob began his legal career as an associate with a U.S. law firm in Brussels, Belgium, serving a multinational corporate clientele. He later returned to the United States to pursue advanced studies in tax law at New York University, where he earned a Master's Degree in Taxation. He then joined Barris, Sott, Denn and Driker.

Contact & Links


  • 333 West Fort Street, Suite 1200
    Detroit, MI 48226


  • French


  • New York University , LL.M
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, State Bar of Michigan


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Trusts and Estates, Detroit (2022)
  • Trusts and Estates, Detroit (2015)

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

  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Estate Planning
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving
  • Probate
  • Tax
  • Trust Administration


Co-Author, "The Executor's Companion: A Practical Guide to Estate Administration.

Co-Author, "Who Will Care When You're Not There? Estate Planning for Pet Owners."

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