James A. Casey: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

James A. Casey

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone+1 312 701 8670

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  • Wealth Management
    Contact InfoTelephone: +1 312 701 8670
    Fax: +1 312 706 8507
    University Western Michigan University, B.B.A., 1989
    Law SchoolThe John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
    Admitted1995, Illinois; 1996, Michigan; 2007, New York


    Chairman, Ravinia Planned Giving Advisory Board

    Chair, WTTW-11 and 98.7-WFMT Planned Giving Advisory Committee

    Member, Professional Advisory Committee of The Chicago Community Trust

    Chicago Estate Planning Council


    Clients value his 'smart and well-judged advice.'

    Chambers USA 2011

    James Casey has a wide-ranging estates, trusts, and foundations practice. He counsels high net-worth individuals and families in all aspects of estate planning and business succession, including the design and drafting of legal documents to achieve both tax and non-tax motivated objectives. Among the estate planning instruments he prepares are wills, revocable trusts (living trusts), irrevocable trusts, dynasty or perpetual trusts (GST exempt trusts), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts. Jim also assists clients with charitable gift agreements, premarital agreements, powers of attorney for property and for health care, and living wills. For business clients he structures corporations, partnership agreements, limited liability company agreements, and buy-sell agreements.

    Fiduciaries (executors and trustees) rely on Jim for all aspects of estate and trust administration, including probate administration, preparation of state and Federal estate tax returns, preparation of accountings, and termination and distribution of estates and trusts. He also represents fiduciaries and individual clients in a variety of trust and estate litigation, including controversies over will and trust construction and alleged breaches of fiduciary responsibilities.

    Jim represents not-for-profit organizations in all matters relating to formation, administration, grant making, fundraising and planned-giving, tax planning and compliance, and litigation. Clients he represents include public charities, community foundations, university endowments, corporate foundations, private foundations and private operating foundations. In 2013, Jim was named to Chambers USA 2013 Best Lawyers list.

    Before joining Mayer Brown in 2000, Jim practiced with two other law firms. Following law school graduation he served a judicial clerkship with Justice Anne M. Burke, Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, Second Division. A Certified Public Accountant, Jim worked with a national accounting firm for three years prior to law school.

    According to Chambers USA 2013, Jim is very smart and very good at service and communication, and puts the clients' interests first. Jim has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers.

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    James A. Casey

    71 S. Wacker Drive
    ChicagoIL 60606


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