Jared Cloud counsels clients on estate, trust and family business disputes. He represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in litigation before courts in numerous jurisdictions, as well as in connection with out-of-court negotiations and alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. Jared also has experience in commercial, product liability, media defense, professional malpractice, and copyright and trademark litigation.

Show More


  • Argued successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of the trustee of a Delaware spendthrift trust against plaintiffs seeking to recover from the spendthrift trust assets on their damages claim against one of the beneficiaries. The Delaware Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment
  • Served as trial counsel and secured a favorable verdict on behalf of co-trustees of a family trust seeking court approval for a restructuring of the business owned by the trust over the objections of some of the beneficiaries
  • Argued and won dismissal of a class action complaint asserting a multimillion-dollar claim of breach of fiduciary duty against the client, the corporate trustee of a cemetery care fund trust

Show More


  • The Best Lawyers in America 2020 – 2022, Trusts and Estates
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Estate and Trust Litigation 2012 to 2018, Rising Star 2008 to 2009
  • Northern District of Illinois and Federal Bar Association, 2013 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, chair of the Trust Law Committee 2015 to 2016, member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee 2009 to 2015

Show More


University of Chicago Law School, JD, with honors, 1995
University of North Carolina School of Law, 1992 to 1993
University of Chicago, BA, 1991


Show More

Jared R. Cloud

Insights & Events / Media

Webinar / McDermott Event / September 23, 2021

Webinar / McDermott Event / June 10, 2021

Webinar / McDermott Event / June 4, 2020

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / September 18 - 19, 2019

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / May 13 - 15, 2019

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / September 27, 2018

Chicago, Illinois / Speaking Engagements / May 23-24, 2018

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / May 14 - 16, 2018

South Bend, Indiana / Speaking Engagements / October 27, 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / McDermott Event / June 5 – 7, 2017