Richard L. Dees - McDermott Will & Emery


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.

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993–2024, Trust and Estates, youngest-ever Illinois lawyer to receive this designation at the time of first listing
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 2 in Illinois: Private Wealth Law, 2016–2023
  • Super Lawyers, 2005–2015


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

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