Chicago, Illinois 60654-3456
Barbara R. Grayson is a member of the firm’s Private Wealth Practice. She represents high-net-worth individuals and families, family owned businesses, family offices and charitable organizations. She has extensive experience in estate planning, including structuring solutions for transferring wealth to younger generations and succession planning for difficult family situations.
Ms. Grayson’s diverse practice includes counseling clients through major life events, such as establishing a family foundation, developing a business succession plan, negotiating premarital agreements, administering the estate of a deceased family member and establishing gift trusts for children or grandchildren.
Ms. Grayson’s tax planning experience is focused on gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. She works with clients to design and implement estate plans, including wills, trusts and lifetime gifts. She also structures partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, shareholder agreements and buy-sell agreements. She counsels clients regarding sophisticated planning for family businesses, including corporate recapitalizations, corporate governance, intrafamily sales and family partnerships. She also has experience in the international aspects of the estate planning practice.
A significant portion of Ms. Grayson’s practice focuses on philanthropic matters, including the representation and advising of tax-exempt organizations and the representation of individuals with respect to charitable giving. She has helped clients to establish public charities, private foundations and private operating foundations, and she also counsels clients as to best practices in administering those organizations in light of the complicated tax rules surrounding their governance and permissible activities.
Ms. Grayson’s practice also includes probate and trust administration. She represents fiduciaries and individuals in probate and trust administration.
|Areas of Practice||1) Trusts & Estates and 2) Private Wealth|
|Law School||Harvard Law School (J.D.,2001)|
|Education||University of Missouri-Kansas City (B.A.,1998)|
|Bar Member / Association||Illinois State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Jenner & Block|
Christina Mesires Fournaris is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Personal Law Practice. Since joining Morgan Lewis in 1991, Ms. Fournaris has been committed to counseling clients on all aspects of estate, tax, and generational wealth planning.
Ellen J. Deringer is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Personal Law Practice.Ms. Deringer earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000 and her B.A. from Brown University in 1995.