Richard M. Brown

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Richard M. Brown

Richard M. Brown counsels wealthy families and individuals on all aspects of estate planning and estate and trust administration.

Rick also advises closely held businesses and their owners on a variety of tax and succession planning issues, and individual clients on gifting strategies and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

In providing legal counsel, Rick uses his more than 40 years’ experience to maximize wealth protection, minimize taxes and administrative expenses and avoid family disputes when possible.

Rick has frequently lectured to various continuing legal education and professional groups, has served on the editorial boards of several estate planning and retirement planning newsletters, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered where he discussed the changing world of women and its effect on estate planning. Just after joining the firm, Rick was interviewed and quoted by for the Law Column of the Wall Street Journal regarding the shift of the estate planning practice from full-service firms to boutique firms like Harrison & Held, which focus in the estate planning and trust and estates area.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, A.B. with honors in History, 1967


  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (1987)
  • Leading Lawyers Network (rated in the top 5% of Illinois lawyers and recommended in the practice area of “Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law”)
  • Speeches & Publications

  • National Public Radio's All Things Considered

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