Robert T. Napier

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Robert T. Napier

Robert T. Napier helps a wide range of clients protect their wealth and families through creative, but conservative, estate, charitable, and business planning. Bob represents individuals, families, foundations, closely-held corporations, and fiduciaries.

Bob joined Harrison & Held in 2012 after managing his own Chicago law firm, Robert T. Napier and Associates, P.C., for nearly 20 years.

He has administered countless estates that range from simple to complex, with some involving contentious beneficiaries.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1986
  • Marquette University, B.S. Salutatorian, 1984


Professional Advisors Council of the Community Foundation of Collier County

Estate Planning Council of Naples

Chicago Estate Planning Council

Collier County Bar Association

Director of Friends of the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 (

Illinois PGA – Independent Director

Leadership Collier – 2020-2021


  • State Bar of Florida, 2015
  • State Bar of Michigan, 2004
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2001
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2001
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, 1987

Awards & Honors

  • Received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® ranking
  • Named a Leading Lawyer

Speeches & Publications

Mr. Napier has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and published in Barron’s magazine. He has lectured for the Chicago Bar Association, ICLE, financial consultants, executives, and the Illinois CPA Society. He has addressed numerous business and civic groups, acted as a defense expert witness, and published the following articles:

  • A 21-Point Salute to Youth, (Wealth Management,, April 30, 2018)
  • Private Foundations and Donor Advised Funds (Trusts & Estates, June 2014)
  • The 3.8 Percent Healthcare Tax (Trusts & Estates, December 2013)
  • Exodus: The Art of Domicile (Trusts & Estates, June 2013)
  • GRAT Expectations (Trusts & Estates, September 2010)
  • Kill the CRT’s (Trusts & Estates, December 2009)
  • The Safety GRAT (Illinois State Bar Association: Trusts & Estates, June 2009, Vol. 55, No. 8)
  • Cookie Jars and Charitable Remainder Trusts - Built to be Broken Into? (Taxation of Exempts, Sept-Oct 2005)


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