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Mark T. Neil

Phone: 312.456.2724
Fax: 312.578.0905

After graduating from Northwestern University School of Law, Mark Neil served as a law clerk to Justice Howard C. Ryan of the Illinois Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Mark studied at Oxford University and graduated from Shimer College with Honors. He served as trust counsel at Harris Trust and Savings Bank (now BMO Harris) before managing the Trust and Investment Group at Cole Taylor Bank as the Department Head.

Mark is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. Prior to its sale, he was the cofounder and director of North Star Trust Company which operated as an independent trust company. As such, the North Star Trust Company managed almost $1,200,000,000 in assets and built national practices in the 1031 like kind exchange field and in the trusteeship of non-public ESOPS. He served on the Treasurer’s Business Roundtable for then State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and chaired the Unclaimed Property division. He has served as a Director of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and for the Rogers Park Builders Group as well as past Director of a national 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to seeking equal property rights for all relationships whether marital or non-marital. He is currently a Director of the Association of Colleges which is dedicated to four year liberal arts colleges in Illinois, which currently educate some 65,000 college students. He also serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Chicago Community Trust.

He has made a number of presentations on a variety of related topics:

  • Use of Listed Stock Options in Personal Trust Accounts (1986) (Chicago Bar Association-Trust Law Committee)
  • Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation (1987) (Harris Bank)
  • Wisconsin Quasi Community Property Law (1996) (Ameriprise)
  • Prudent Investor Rule (1999) (National Elder Law Conference)
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples (2006)
  • Mega-Gifts and Charitable Lead Trusts: Charitable Giving by the Wealthy (2007) (Chicago Counsel on Planned Giving)
  • Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important (2007) (National Business Institute)
  • Update on Civil Unions (2011)
  • Lawyers In-Depth Guide to Illinois Civil Unions: Estate Planning and Tax Issues (2011) (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education)
  • Understanding Personalities: The Enneagram as Insight (2012) (Purposeful Planning Institute)
  • Ethical Estate Planning: In Your Clients’ Best Interests (2012) (National Business Institute)
  • Post-DOMA for Same-Sex Married and Unmarried Couples (2012) (11th Annual Divorce Financial Planners)
  • Planning in the 21st Century: Advice for Clients in Non-Traditional Relationships (2014) (Financial Planning Association of Illinois)

Mark’s efforts have been recognized in multiple ways:

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for the Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Who’s Who Directories—Top Attorneys of North America
  • Expert Network, Distinguished Lawyer
  • Top Lawyers in Chicago

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