Ryan A. Walsh advises individuals, families, business owners, and financial institutions on a range of estate planning and administration, trust, and tax matters. Ryan regularly speaks and writes on various estate planning, administration, and tax topics and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2016, 2017, and 2018, an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2017 and 2018, and one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in 2015.

Education & Admissions
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S.

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Florida

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 & Estate Counsel
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Taxation
    • Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law
      • Chair, Estate and Gift Tax Committee
      • Membership Committee; CLE Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois Trust Code Task Force
    • Past Chair, Trust Law Committee
    • Past Chair, Young Lawyers Section Estate Planning Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Federal Taxation Section Council
    • Trusts & Estates Section

Community Associations

  • Board Member of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater Illinois Chapter
  • Catholic Charities Planned Giving Committee
  • Archdiocese of Chicago Planned Giving Committee
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital Legacy Partners
  • Economic Club of Chicago

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • IRC § 2053 Protective Claims for Refund Using New Schedule PC, Probate & Property Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2013 edition
  • Co-author, “Charitable Giving With Retirement Plan Assets,” in Retirement Benefit Issues in Estate Planning, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012, updated and republished in 2015
  • IRS guidance on carryover basis election and Form 8939, ISBA Federal Taxation Newsletter, Dec. 2011
  • Federal Estate, Gift & GST Recent Developments:
    • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Feb. 21, 2018
    • ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, May 10, 2018 (Orlando), Apr. 20, 2017 (Denver)
    • ISBA Federal Taxation Annual Tax Conference, Feb. 2, 2018, Feb. 3, 2017, Feb. 5, 2016, Feb. 6, 2015, Feb. 7, 2014, Feb. 5, 2010
    • CBA Trust Law, March 12, 2018, Sept. 8, 2014, Sept. 9, 2013
    • Illinois CPA Society, May 17, 2018
    • DuPage County Estate Planning Council, May 2, 2018
    • Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council, Feb. 15, 2018
    • Jewish United Fund, Feb. 13, 2018
  • Illinois Recent Developments: Case Decisions & Trends:
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Estate Planning Short Course, May 23, 2018 (Chicago), May 14, 2018 (Champaign), May 18, 2015 (Chicago)
    • CBA Trust Law, Sept. 21, 2015, Sept. 8, 2014
  • Asset Protection Recent Developments, CBA YLS Estate Planning Committee Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 2, 2018
  • Powers of Appointment and Integration with State Trust Codes, ACTEC Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Chicago, IL, December 2, 2017
  • Estate Planning Basics: Basic Will and Trust Drafting, ABA RPTE Community Outreach Program, Chicago, IL, July 27, 2017
  • Estate Planning Basics, Archdiocese of Chicago, IL, May 9, 2017
  • Elevating the Elective Share: Entanglements Due to Spousal Elective Rights in Multi-Jurisdictional Estates, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, Denver, CO, Apr. 21, 2017
  • Basis Basics and Beyond: Planning with Partnerships, Palm Beach Tax Institute, West Palm Beach, FL, Nov. 16, 2016
  • Proposed 2704 Regulations: What Led Up to This, What They Mean, and What People are Saying, CBA Trust Law Committee, Oct. 11, 2016
  • Basis Computation: Partners & Shareholders of S Corporations & 754 Elections, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Estate Planning Short Course, Champaign, IL, May 18, 2016 and Chicago, IL, May 26, 2016
  • Basis Issues with Pass-Through Entities: Stepping Up and Stepping Out, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, Boston, MA, May 13, 2016
  • Income Tax Issues and Accountings for Estates, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law eLearning Program (Webinar), May 14, 2015
  • Netting a Whole School of Gifts: A Discussion of Net Gifts and Net Net Gifts, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, Washington, D.C., Apr. 30, 2015
  • Estate Planning Basics: Will and Trust Drafting, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, Chicago, Illinois, Apr. 30, 2014
  • Key Provisions in Wills and Revocable Trusts II, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law eLearning Program, Mar. 13, 2014
  • New Schedule PC to Form 706: Protective Claims for Refund In and After 2012, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2013
  • Transfer Tax Issues, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law eLearning Program, Apr. 24, 2013
  • Powers of Appointment: Exercising Powers of Appointment Over GST Grandfathered Trusts and Disclaiming Powers of Appointment, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, New York, NY, May 3, 2012
  • GST Planning, CBA Trust Law Committee, Apr. 11, 2011
  • Preparation of Gift Tax Returns, Panelist, National Teleconference, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Mar. 8, 2011
  • Tax Reform Act of 2010, Panelist, National Teleconference – ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Jan.18, 2011
  • Charitable Gift Planning With Retirement Plan Assets, American Cancer Society Planned Giving Spring Reception, Jun. 15, 2009
  • State Law and Tax Considerations in Trust Decanting, CBA Young Lawyers Section Estate Planning Committee, Feb. 10, 2009