Richard L. Dees advises owners of privately and publicly held companies and wealthy families on control, tax, and business planning issues. Richard helps clients save estate taxes and develop succession plans targeted for S corporations, and regularly consults with other lawyers, accountants, financial planners, insurance consultants and trust officers on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) litigation and structuring business transactions. He also has experience on the farm estate tax valuation rules under Code Section 2032A and advises farmers, landowners, and real estate professionals on a variety of tax, leasing and business-planning issues.

Show More


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993 to 2022, Trust and Estates, youngest-ever Illinois lawyer to receive this designation at the time of first listing
  • Chambers High Net Worth 2016-2020, Illinois, Private Wealth Law
  • Super Lawyers 2005 to 2015


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Show More


University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1980
Southern Illinois University, BS, 1977


Richard L. Dees

Insights & Events / Media

Webinar / McDermott Event / October 21, 2020

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / October 17, 2019

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

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / October 18, 2018

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / June 19, 2018

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