Michael J. Sorrow - McDermott Will & Emery


Michael (Mike) J. Sorrow focuses his practice on tax, estate planning, family business and trust and estate administration matters. Mike regularly advises wealthy individuals and families on all aspects of wealth and tax planning matters. In addition, Mike works extensively with families that control significant public and private businesses, counseling them and their family offices on matters relating to effective tax planning, succession and governance planning and the intra-family issues that arise in the management of a family business. Mike also has successfully represented taxpayers on tax controversy matters through audits, administrative appeals and litigation.

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  • Developed current liquidity and long-term ownership strategies for a multi-generational family that controls a significant privately held operating business
  • Collaborated with investment bankers and advisers, corporate trustee and corporate attorneys on a family’s diversification of its significant investment in a public company
  • Formed a private trust company to implement a family’s desired governance structure for its multibillion-dollar family business

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  • Chambers High Net Worth, Illinois: Private Wealth Law, 2021–2023


Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2007
Illinois Wesleyan University, BA, cum laude, 2001