William J. "Bill" Butler

William J. "Bill" Butler


McDermott Will & Emery

Recognized since 2013

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

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William (Bill) J. Butler focuses his practice on estate planning and probate administration matters. Bill counsels family groups and individuals on all aspects of wealth transfer planning, with an emphasis on formulating estate plans that maximize and protect wealth while minimizing transfer taxes. Bill is the global head of McDermott’s Private Client Group and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Bill represents many large, multigenerational family groups, and also advises with their family office executives on family office administration and structure issues. Bill regularly counsels younger generation family members on learning to be responsible wealth managers. He also assists a number of families on all legal issues involving their privately owned business, including governance matters, succession planning and shareholder agreements.

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Location
  • 444 West Lake Street
    Chicago, IL 60606-0029
Education
  • Northwestern University, J.D., graduated 1987

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