Jeanette Suarez Hunter - McDermott Will & Emery


Jeanette Suarez Hunter advises high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices and business owners on a wide range of tax, business, succession planning and charitable-giving matters. Jeanette takes a holistic approach to helping her clients preserve their legacies and transfer wealth to future generations, while giving care to each family’s unique dynamics.

Jeanette has extensive experience working with families on ownership issues involving their privately owned business, including governance issues, succession planning, privacy protection and shareholder agreements. She also regularly counsels younger generation family members on learning to be responsible stewards of wealth.

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  • Routinely works with family offices on a variety of ongoing and complex matters involving estate planning, philanthropy, wealth transfer transactions and investment structures
  • Developed long-term ownership strategies and governance agreements for a multi-generational family that owns a significant privately held operating business
  • Structured a new family office for a client following the sale of the family business, including tax-efficient structures for the family office’s investment partnerships

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  • Chambers High Net Worth, Illinois: Private Wealth Law, Up and Coming, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, Chicago, 20182024
  • Selected by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division for 2015, 2016 and 2017 Lists of Emerging Lawyers Under Age 40 in the area of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law


  • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Member


Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2004
University of Georgia, BBA, magna cum laude and With Honors, 2001

Illinois, 2004