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Charles Harris

Partner
charles.harris@kattenlaw.com
Chicago Office
p+1.312.902.5213
f+1.312.577.8784
Overview

Charles Harris is co-head of the Chicago Trusts and Estates practice and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Charles concentrates his practice in tax and estate planning matters, primarily representing wealthy individuals and owners of closely held businesses. He assists private equity investors in structuring their investments in a tax efficient manner and in planning for the transfer of their interests to family members. His estate planning skills include restructuring stock ownership in closely held businesses, establishing family limited partnerships, developing business succession plans, creating various trusts and limited liability companies, and analyzing the income, gift and estate tax implications of various techniques. In addition, Charles counsels executives of publicly traded companies, advising them on effectively planning for the exercise of stock options and structuring distributions from retirement plans.

Charles has dealt extensively with planning for US citizens with a foreign connection, whether the US citizen is residing in a foreign country, marrying a non-citizen spouse or otherwise connected with a foreign government. He has counseled clients who are non-resident aliens on the most tax-efficient manner for investing in US entities. He represents several companies in the US Virgin Islands that are part of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) program and is involved in all aspects of the design, implementation and qualification of appropriate vehicles that can qualify for the benefits under the program, coordinating the overall income tax and estate planning needs of the owners of these companies.

For clients who are philanthropically minded, Charles assists in creating private foundations and other charitable arrangements such as charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts to enable a client to effectuate both charitable and tax planning.

He teaches an Estate and Gift Tax Class for the Graduate Tax Program at The John Marshall Law School. A prolific writer and lecturer, Charles has authored articles on such topics as generation skipping transfer tax planning, life insurance planning, tax payment clauses, and Illinois probate and trust administration, and frequently speaks on these topics before the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association and National Business Institute.

Charles is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Shown below is a selection of Charles’s engagements.

Recognition

Chambers USA – High Net Worth, 2018

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

Leading Lawyers Network

Leading Lawyers Network, 2008–2013
Best Lawyers in America, 2016–2019
Super Lawyers, 2005–2018
Citywealth Leaderslist, 2015–2016
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Charles  Harris

Education

  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS, DePaul University

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognition

Chambers USA – High Net Worth
2018

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Fellow

Leading Lawyers Network

2008–2013
Best Lawyers in America
2016–2019
Super Lawyers
2005–2018
Citywealth Leaderslist
2015–2016
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Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law Committee
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