Katarinna McBride

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Katarinna McBride

Katarinna McBride advises business owners, families, family offices, and charitable organizations on the formation and operation of their enterprises, including the creation and administration of private trust companies and the modernization and migration of trusts.

Katarinna renders strategic and holistic advice on domestic and international tax strategies and tax compliance requirements. She also advises executives and entrepreneurs on tax-savvy ways to own, transfer, and protect their assets.

Katarinna serves as outside general counsel to closely-held companies and acts as expert witness guiding clients and their counsel through complex litigation surrounding domestic and international assets and entities.

Katarinna is an ACTEC fellow and has been published in Trusts & Estates Magazine, BNA, CCH, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Bloomberg, Leimberg, and other technical and legal publications.


  • University of Dayton School of Law, JD, 1998
  • University of Dayton School of Business, MBA, 1998
  • Wilkes University, 1994
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Winter, 1993-1994


  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Illinois Continued Legal Education, Board Member, Presenter, Author
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, Trust & Estates Section Council
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine Advisory Board Member (Digital)
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine Columnist (Digital Distribution)


  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Chair, Society of Trust Estate Practitioners – STEP Chicago
  • Chair, American Bar Association Asset Protection Committee
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated
  • Elected, Leading Lawyer and Super Lawyer and as a Top 100 Business Attorneys in Illinois
  • Preeminent Lawyer, Lexis-Nexis

Speeches & Publications


Alan G. Palmer


Alex Paul

Of Counsel

Bernard T. Wall

Of Counsel

Beth L. Fox


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