Michael R. Friedberg

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Michael R. Friedberg

Michael R. Friedberg represents high net worth individuals, family offices, and businesses. His practice over three decades focuses on complex and sophisticated wealth management, estate planning and administration, trust management, and the development and implementation of multi-generational tax strategies. He has helped clients manage their business and investment interests, and has developed advanced income, gift, and estate tax solutions to achieve client goals.

Michael’s private clientele include investors, individuals with inherited assets, owners with successful businesses, futures and options traders, other attorneys, and families. He advises on corporate and business planning, as well as litigation strategies. Michael has represented several nationally-known life insurance companies and has advised on policy structure and planning techniques.  Charitable planning, as well as dealing with art and other collectibles, are also areas of special emphasis.

Prior to joining Harrison & Held, he was practice chair for Trusts & Estates at Ungaretti & Harris (now Nixon Peabody LLP).  He was also a founding partner of Sugar, Friedberg & Felsenthal.


  • J.D., University Of Chicago Law School
  • B.A. with honors in Philosophy, Northwestern University


  • American Bar Association, Section on Taxation
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
  • Chicago Community Trust, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Previously, American Cancer Society, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Previously, Board President, Cove School (for learning disabled children)
  • Previously, Board Member, Museum of Contemporary Art and President, MCA Men’s Council


Awards & Honors

Michael has been named a “Best Lawyer in America” in both Tax and Estate Planning from 2013 to present. He also has been named a “Leading Lawyer” since 2011 and a “Super Lawyer” for several years since 2005. He also has been awarded an AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. Michael previously was a “Master Teacher” for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and has also taught taxation and legal drafting at IIT/Chicago -Kent Law School.

Speeches & Publications

Speaker at numerous professional conferences including

--Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education

--Minnesota Continuing Legal Education

--Nebraska Continuing Legal Education

--American Law Institute/American Bar Association Conference on Estate Planning

--SMU Conference on Estate Planning

--NYU Conference on Estate Planning

Author of articles for law review, professional publications and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin


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