CHICAGO (March 20, 2006) — Quentin George Heisler, Jr. has been named partner-in-charge of McDermott Will & Emery’s Chicago office. Mr. Heisler succeeds Helen Friedli, who has served as partner-in-charge for the past three years.
Firm Chairman, Harvey Freishtat said: "George is a special individual who is steeped in the Firm's history and traditions and exceptionally attuned to the rapidly changing dynamics of the legal and business markets. Over the years, he has also demonstrated a deep commitment to grow the careers of our people and integrate laterals into the Firm at the highest levels."
Mr. Heisler, who joined McDermott in 1970, served as head of the Private Client Department from 2000 to 2006. The Department will now be headed by Firm partner Carol Harrington. Mr. Heisler concentrates his practice in estate and business planning, with emphasis on the succession and transfer tax problems of families that control public and closely held companies. His clientele includes public and private corporations and their executives and shareholders, professionals, individual investors, trust beneficiaries, trusts, estates and foundations.
Mr. Heisler currently serves on the board of trustees of the Shedd Aquarium and is a member of its executive committee. He also serves as Chair of Planned Giving Committees of the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago and is a member of the Planned Giving Committee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is a former president of the Harvard Club of Chicago and a former Chairman of the Winnetka Caucus in Winnetka, Illinois. Mr. Heisler was a member of the District 36 Winnetka, Illinois Board of Education from 1985 to 1989.
Mr. Heisler is a member of the bars of Illinois, Florida and the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. He is affiliated with the Chicago Estate Planning Council and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He earned his J.D. and A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University.