Robert E. Hamilton is a partner of Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP, a Chicago firm concentrating in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning and wealth preservation. Mr. Hamilton’s practice also involves matters pertaining to real estate and corporate transactions, including planning for the closely-held business enterprise in the context of the larger estate, and trust and estate litigation, including probate and trust construction actions.

Education & Admissions
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • College of Holy Cross, cum laude

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1975

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Areas of Practice
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Trust and Estate Administration and Probate
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Tax Controversy

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Division A [Estate and Gift] Federal Tax Committee Illinois State Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996-2005; Chairman 2003-04
    • Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University Law School, 1992-97 (teaching Estate & Gift Tax)

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • From 2000 through 2017 Mr. Hamilton delivered the Illinois case law and legislative updates for the annual Estate Planning Short Course sponsored by IICLE (43rd through 60th Annual Short Course, 2000-2017). Important IICLE publications include the award-winning Illinois Estate Planning Forms and Commentary (3rd Ed. 2005, co-author), and all the Illinois will and trust forms for Estate Planning for Illinois Attorneys – The Basics and Beyond (2008, 2012). His other publications include Estate and Gift Taxation of Interspousal Joint Tenancy Property After the 1976 and 1978 Tax Acts, The Review of Taxation of Individuals (Vol. 5, No. 1, 1981), The Effective Use of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, (39th IICLE Annual Short Course, 1996), Avoiding Tax Controversies, (40th IICLE Annual Short Course, 1997), and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, (41st IICLE Annual Short Course, 1998). In 1999 Mr. Hamilton authored the chapter on closely-held business planning under the then new Code Section 2057 for the IICLE seminar Tax Planning for the Family-Owned Business.