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   3Karen A. HagnellChicago(312) 445-0545hagnell@hagnell-law.comhagnell@hagnell-law.comHagnell Law Offices LLCwww.hagnell-law.comwww.hagnell-law.comhagnellkaren.jpgTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Karen A. Hagnellhagnell@hagnell-law.com
Hagnell Law Offices LLChttp://www.hagnell-law.com
190 S LaSalle St Ste 400
Chicago IL 60603
Ph.(312) 445-0545 Fx.(312) 445-0549
Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in:
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
A CPA and former auditor for Price-Waterhouse as well as an attorney, Karen Hagnell is pleasantly surprised by how often clients confess to her that they find her easy to talk to - and that they find it easier to talk with her about things they want for their estates that they do with other attorneys. Ms. Hagnell has built her boutique law firm, Hagnell Law Offices LLC, on that special gift for listening and determining exactly what a client values with regards to trust, estate, and business succession matters. Her skills are so highly regarded that the 60,000 attorneys in Sullivan's Law Directory have voted her a Leading Lawyer, an honor given to only the top five percent of lawyers in the state.

In a time when estate planning and business succession issues are becoming critical for more and more families, Ms. Hagnell helps clients to arrange their affairs so that, in the event of disability or death, an estate plan shows a matching of what the clients have built over their lifetimes and the people and charities about whom they most care most. Drawing from her experiences as a CPA and auditor as well as her superior legal training with global law firms like Mayer Brown and Edwards Wildman, Ms. Hagnell digs deep into a client's history to develop outcomes that are as tax efficient as possible while at the same time conducive to harmony between families. She assists clients in responding in a nuanced way to changes in tax law and looks ahead to future trends so that families can be confident that the structure of their plans will prevent unnecessary difficulties.

Ms. Hagnell considers the number of clients who have put their trust in her completely her greatest accomplishment. Whether clients are individuals, families, fiduciaries, closely held businesses, or not-for-profit organizations, Ms. Hagnell has repeatedly and successfully used her outstanding listening skills to create clients' ideal plans for their estates, business successions, guardianship matters, as premarital agreements, as well as the formation and operation of limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and not-for-profit organizations. She also administers trusts and estates for her clients in accordance with their wishes, and litigates related matters for clients when necessary. To benefit from Ms. Hagnell's exceptional knowledge and skill in the area of trust and estate law, contact Hagnell Law Offices LLC at (312) 445-0545.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Date of Birth:  1965

Law School:  Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1992
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude, Executive Editor, Notre Dame Law Review, William T. Kirby Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, Notre Dame Law School Scholar

Professional Certification: Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 1992


Undergraduate School:  University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., accountancy, 1987
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude


Employment History:  
  • Hagnell Law Offices LLC, founding partner, 2010-present
  • Hamilton Thies Lorch & Hagnell LLP, founding partner, 2005-2010
  • Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, 1998-2005
  • Mayer Brown LLP, associate, 1992-1998
  • Winter & Melbinger LLP, attorney
  • Price Waterhouse, auditor


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Trusts and Estates Section
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Trust Law Committee
    • Probate Practice Committee
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants


Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Leading Lawyers Network Member selected by peers in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law


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