Jerry D. Jones

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Jerry D. Jones

Jerry D. Jones’s practice encompasses all aspects of Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxation.

Jerry was a partner at Wilson & McIlvaine (a Chicago icon founded in 1867), where he learned estate planning, trust administration, and investment oversight from highly experienced lawyers who served as counsel and Independent Executors and Trustees to many of Chicago’s most successful families.

In 2012, Jerry, and his son, Brian, left their own firm to join Harrison & Held as partners and to co-chair the firm’s family office practice.

Jerry authored legislation requiring independent administration for all Illinois probate estates (unless court supervision is requested in the pleadings).

On behalf of the Chicago Bar Association, Jerry has testified several times before the Illinois State Senate Judiciary Committee on pending legislation in the trust and estate areas.


  • University of Illinois, J.D. Law Review, Order of Coif, 1967
  • Organizations

    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association


  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Awards & Honors

    AV Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

    Named to the Illinois Leading Lawyer network for Estate Planning     

    Speeches & Publications

  • "Expect the Unexpected," Co-author, Penton Media, Trusts & Estates, February 1, 2012
  • “Individual Trustee or Corporate Trustee?”, Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee, 2010.
  • “Should Illinois Surviving Spouse Statutory Share Rights in Probate Extend to Decedent’s Inter Vivos Trusts?”, Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee, 1992.

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