Carol A. Harrington - McDermott Will & Emery


Carol A. Harrington advises clients on a variety of matters, including estate, gift and generation-skipping tax issues, closely held businesses and succession planning, family office structures and issues, private trust companies, private foundations, trust and estate administration, and contested trust and tax matters. Carol is the former global head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice.

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  • The National Law Journal, named one of the three most influential lawyers for Trusts & Estates 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 19952024, Chicago Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year for 2010 and 2015
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 1 in Illinois: Private Wealth Law and USA Nationwide: Private Wealth Law, 20162023
  • Chambers USA, 20062015, Band 1 in Wealth Management
  • Expert Guides, Women in Business Law, 2020

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  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Generation-Skipping Tax: Regulations and Legislation Committee (past chair and former member of governing body)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, former chair of Division I of the Trust Law Committee

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University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1977
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, summa cum laude with University Honors (Bronze Table), 1974